Focus on Hamptons Films

The Hamptons International Film Festival is set to hit town this year from October 8 through the 12th.

Categories at this year’s festival include: the Opening, Closing and Centerpiece films, the popular Conversation With series (this year’s selected talent is Dan Rather, Michael Moore and Emily Blunt, and of course with host Alec Baldwin), Spotlight Films, Films of Conflict and Resolution, Variety’s 10 Actors to Watch, Views from Long Island, Readings, World Cinema, Documentaries, Short Films, Winick Talks and the newly added social justice category highlighting Compassion, Justice and Animal Rights.


This year’s Opening Night film will be “Truth, which stars Cate Blanchett, Robert Redford, Elisabeth Moss, Dennis Quaid and Topher Grace.  The movie by James Vanderbilt is about the controversial CBS 60 Minutes investigation of George W. Bush’s military record that ended Dan Rather’s career as the network’s anchorman. It will be screened at 7 p.m. on Thursday at Guild Hall in East Hampton, with additional screenings to follow.


In Southampton on Friday at 7 p.m., the Opening Night film will be “Youth,” which tells the tale of two old friends as they vacation in a Swiss luxury resort. Fred (Michael Caine) is a retired composer and conductor, enjoying his retirement and Mick (Harvey Keitel) a film director planning his final film. Others in the film by director Paolo Sorrentino include Rachel Weisz, Paul Dano and  Jane Fonda.


The Centerpiece films on Saturday and Sunday will be “Spotlight” and “Carol” by Tom McCarthy and Todd Haynes, respectively. “Spotlight” stars Mark Ruffalo, Michael Keaton, and Rachel McAdams  as the Boston Globe’s Spotlight team, assigned by their newly appointed editor Martin Baron (Liev Schreiber) to investigate the allegations of abuse in the Catholic Church. Stanley Tucci and Billy Crudup also star in the flick. “Carol” stars Cate Blanchett and Rooney Mara as two women entangled in an intoxicating love affair, based on Patricia Highsmith’s semi-autobiographical novel “The Price of Salt.”


The big Closing Night film is “Bridge of Spies” by the East End’s own Steven Spielberg. The blockbuster stars Tom Hanks as a Brooklyn lawyer who finds himself thrust into the center of the Cold War when the CIA sends him on the near-impossible task to negotiate the release of a captured American U-2 pilot. Amy Adams plays his wife.


Those expected in attendance at this year’s festival include:  Christopher Abbott, Alan Alda​​, Emily Blunt, ​Bobby Flay, Morgan Freeman​, ​Todd Haynes, Brian D’arcy James, Charlie Kaufman and Duke Johnson​, Thomas Mann, Tom McCarthy, Michael Moore, Reed Morano, Bel Powley, Dennis Quaid​, Dan Rather​, Josh Singer​,​ John Slattery, Keith Stanfield, Jacob Tremblay​, Jessie T. Usher, James Vanderbilt and Olivia Wilde​.

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