With Columbus Day right around the corner, so is the Hamptons International Film Festival.
The 2018 edition will open on Thursday, October 4, with Sara Colangelo’s “The Kindergarten Teacher,” starring Maggie Gyllenhaal, and close on Monday, October 8, with Joel Edgerton’s “Boy Erased,” starring Lucas Hedges, Nicole Kidman, Russell Crowe and Edgerton.
The nearly 140 films and programs in between will screen and be held throughout the weekend across the East End, from Westhampton to East Hampton, drawing the likes of Alan Alda, Bob Balaban, Matthew Broderick, Jamie Dornan, Bill Camp, Emilio Estevez, Rupert Everett, Maggie Gyllenhaal, Peter Hedges, Rosamund Pike, Alessandro Nivola, Amandla Stenberg and more to their red carpets.
“We are proud to share the full lineup for this year’s edition and have two of this year’s most anticipated films, helmed by dynamic and exciting female characters, serve as our Centerpieces,” Anne Chaisson, executive director of the Hamptons International Film Festival, said in a press release. “We look forward to audiences perusing our film guide and enjoying all the gems that have been selected for one of our strongest slates yet.”
Overall, the festival’s full slate is 47 percent female directors, and its two Centerpiece films on Friday and Sunday — Yorgos Lanthimos’ “The Favourite,” starring Emma Stone, Rachel Weisz and Olivia Colman; and Marielle Heller’s “Can You Ever Forgive Me?” starring Melissa McCarthy — feature strong female casts. The Saturday Centerpiece film, Damien Chazelle’s “First Man,” will star Ryan Gosling and Claire Foy.
The 26thannual festival added two films to the Spotlight section: Steve McQueen’s “Widows,” starring Viola Davis, Michelle Rodriguez, Elizabeth Debicki and Cynthia Erivo, and the East Coast premiere of Felix Van Groeningen’s “Beautiful Boy,” starring Timothée Chalamet and Steve Carell.
The section will also include the United States premiere of “Ben is Back,” directed by Peter Hedges and starring Lucas Hedges and Julia Roberts; “Capernaum” directed by Nadine Labaki; “To Dust,” directed by Shawn Snyder, starring Matthew Broderick; the East Coast premiere of “Everybody Knows,” directed by Asghar Farhadi and starring Javier Bardem and Penélope Cruz; the East Coast premiere of “Green Book” directed by Peter Farrelly; “The Happy Prince” directed by and starring Rupert Everett; “The Hate U Give” directed by George Tillman Jr. and starring Amandla Stenberg, K.J. Apa, and Anthony Mackie; the East Coast premiere of “A Private War” directed by Matthew Heineman and starring Rosamund Pike and Jamie Dornan; the East Coast premiere of “The Public” directed by Emilio Estevez; “Roma” directed by Alfonso Cuarón; and “Wildlife,” starring Carey Mulligan and Bill Camp, and directed by Paul Dano.
This year’s Narrative and Documentary Competition slate offers a wide variety of stories to audiences and represents the best of the industry. The Narrative Competition films include the New York premiere of Yen Tan’s “1985,” the United States premieres of Eva Trobisch’s “All Good” and Zsófia Szilágyi’s “One Day,” Ali Abbasi’s “Border,” and Dominga Sotomayor’s “Too Late to Die Young.”
Documentary Competition films include the world premiere of Jesse Sweet’s “City of Joel,” Alexis Bloom’s “Divide and Conquer: The Story of Roger Ailes,” the East Coast premieres of “The Last Race” from Michael Dweck and Shannon Service’s and Jeffrey Waldon’s “Ghost Fleet,” and the New York premiere of Daniel Zimmerman’s “Walden.”
As part of the festival’s Signature Programs, the Views From Long Island section will include “Black Mother,” directed by Khalik Allah, about two different worlds on the island of Jamaica, through the lens of an intimate documentary portrait; and the world premieres of Emily Anderson’s short film “Only the Wind is Listening,” set against the backdrop of an unforgiving Montauk winter, and Ross Kauffman’s “Still Play with Trains,” where John Scully reconstructs his idyllic 1950s childhood in the form of one of the world’s largest model train sets in his East Hampton basement.
The Air, Land & Sea program will present director Rory Kennedy’s “Above and Beyond: NASA’s Journey to Tomorrow,” Nicolas Brown’s “The Serengeti Rules,” and the United States premiere of “Grit,” directed by Sasha Friedlander and Cynthia Wade.
The Compassion, Justice, & Animal Rights program will include a world premiere of Rob Fruchtman’s and Steven Lawrence’s “The Cat Rescuers,” and the East Coast premiere of Richard Miron’s “For the Birds.”
The Conflict & Resolution program will include five films: the New York premieres of Talal Derki’s “Of Fathers and Sons,” Ísold Uggadóttir’s “And Breathe Normally” and Chris Martin’s “Under the Wire;” Charles Ferguson’s “Watergate;” and Almudena Carracedo’s and Robert Bahar’s “The Silence of Others.”
“We are delighted to bring our audiences films of great importance and understanding with new perspectives through our Signature Programs,” said David Nugent, artistic director of the Hamptons International Film Festival. “We hope our audiences can take as much delight in this year’s program as we have in creating it, during yet another groundbreaking year for the film industry.”
In the World Cinema Narrative section, the slate includes the United States premieres of “I Do Not Care If We Go Down in History As Barbarians” directed by Radu Jude, “Leto” by Kirill Serebrennikov, “Styx” directed by Wolfgang Fischer and “Women At War” by Benedikt Erlingsson; as well as “Non-Fiction,” directed by Olivier Assayas, and “Private Life,” directed by Tamara Jenkins. The section will also feature the world premiere of “Ask For Jane” by Rachel Carey, the New York premiere of “Birds of Passage” directed by Christina Gallego and Ciro Guerra, and “Burning” by Lee Chang- dong, “Cold War” directed by Pawel Pawlikowski, “Dead Pigs” by Cathy Yan, “The Guilty” directed by Gustav Möller, “Happy As Lazzaro,” directed by Alice Rohrwacher, “Shoplifters” directed by Hirokazu Kore-eda, and “Wild Nights with Emily” directed by Madeleine Olnek.
In the World Cinema Documentary section, the full line-up includes the world premieres of “Henri Dauman: Looking Up,” directed by Peter Jones and “The Panama Papers” directed by Alex Winter; the United States premiere of “This Changes Everything,” directed by Tom Donahue; the East Coast premiere of “Making The Grade,” directed by Ken Wardrop; the New York premiere of “The Truth About Killer Robots,” directed by Maxim Pozdorovkin; and Morgan Neville’s “They’ll Love Me When I’m Dead,” “Maria By Callas,” directed by Tom Volf, “Monrovia, Indiana,” directed by Frederick Wiseman, “Time For Ilhan,” directed by Norah Shapiro, “A Murder In Mansfield,” directed by Barbara Kopple, “The Proposal,” directed by Jill Magid, “Roll Red Roll,” directed by Nancy Schwartzman and “Shirkers,” directed by Sandi Tan.
Damien Chazelle and Emilio Estevez, whose films “First Man” and “The Public,” respectively, will screen in the Spotlight section, will participate in the festival’s signature program “A Conversation With…” series, as well as Maggie Gyllenhaal, who stars in the festival’s opening night film, “The Kindergarten Teacher.”
The festival will also host an immersive storytelling and VR experience “The Hidden” — “a political thriller that literally drops you in the middle of a high-stakes game of cat and mouse without telling you who is hunting whom,” according to a press release — from October 5 to 8 at Mulford Farm in East Hampton. The Winick Talks at Rowdy Hall continue on October 5 with a #MeToo-focused panel, followed by a Breakthrough Artists panel on October 6, and a VR-focused panel on October 7.
For more information, visit hamptonsfilmfest.org.