This Ninth Annual Houston Cinema Arts Festival will take place from November 9–13 at various locations throughout the city – including Museum of Fine Arts, Houston (headquarters), plus Rice Cinema, the Aurora Picture Show, DiverseWorks and the Café Brasil patio.
One screening that fashion lovers should pencil into their designer calendars is Love, Cecil, a documentary about the famous British photographer, painter, interior designer and Academy Award-winning stage and costume designer Cecil Beaton.
Directed by documentarian Lisa Immordino Vreeland* (Diana Vreeland: The Eye Has to Travel, Peggy Guggenheim: Art Addict), the movie presents an engaging portrait of a visionary known for his astounding work ethic and prickly personality. Love, Cecil screens at 7:30pm on Thursday, November 9, at the MFAH. The director will attend and present the film at the museum – on the festival’s opening night. *(Lisa Vreeland’s husband’s grandmother was Diana Vreeland, the famous fashion editor of Harper’s Bazaar.)
Beaton’s celebrity photos included Queen Elizabeth II after her coronation and Greta Garbo after her retirement. Expertly weaving thoughtful passages from Beaton’s diaries – brought to life through Rupert Everett’s keen narration – with archival interviews featuring his famous friends (and foes), Love, Cecil tracks the artist’s long, illustrious career with equal amounts of affection and frankness. Among those interviewed are artist David Hockney, actress Leslie Caron, designer Isaac Mizrahi and photographer David Bailey.
For more information or for tickets, visit www.houstoncinemaartsfestival.org.