Jackie Is On The Way

Oscar ready: Buzzy biopic about Jackie Kennedy will be featured at Houston Cinema Arts Festival

Buzzy biopic about Jackie Kennedy will be featured at Houston festival

Natalie Portman as Jackie Kennedy in Jackie
Rumor has it that Natalie Portman is a shoo-in for an Oscar nomination for her portrayal of Jackie Kennedy. Photo courtesy of Fox Searchlight Pictures

Academy Award winner Natalie Portman is expected to be in the thick of this year's Oscar race, garnering early buzz for her role as Jackie Kennedy in the film, Jackie, which traces the former first lady's life in the tragic days after her husband was assassinated. Houston Cinema Arts Festival goers will get a chance to see the film at the annual festival next month in advance of its release on December 9.

HCAF officials announced that Jackie will screen on November 11 at 7 pm at the Museum of Fine Arts Houston.

Also on tap is a screening of Neruda, which follows the 1948 manhunt in Chile for famed poet and politician Pablo Neruda. The film, which stars Gael Garcia Bernal and is Chile's selection for Best Foreign Language Film at the Oscars, will screen on November 12 at 4 pm at the Museum of Fine Arts Houston.

Both films are directed by Chilean director Pablo Larrain.

The annual Houston film festival, which runs from November 10-17, has become popular for filmmakers seeking Oscar buzz, although it has remained true to its mission of showcasing films across a wide range of disciplines, including literature, art, dance, music and architecture.

The full schedule of films will be released at the HCAF16 Launch Party on October 25 at The Alley Theatre. But officials have announced the opening night film, Honky Tonk Heaven: Legend of the Broken Spoke, and the closing night film, Contemporary Color, as well as films about acclaimed poet Maya Angelou and famed restaurateur Ella Brennan that will be screened during the festival