On September 12, the Hamptons International Film Festival announced A24’s “Waves” as its Closing Night Film. Directed by Trey Edward Shults, the film presents the lives of a suburban African-American family as they navigate life following a tragic loss. It stars Emmy Award-winning actor Sterling K. Brown, Tony Award-winning actress Renée Elise Goldsberry, Kelvin Harrison Jr., Academy Award nominee Lucas Hedges, Taylor Russell, and Alexa Demie.
The festival will also continue its 18-year tradition of recognizing up and coming talent through its annual Breakthrough Artists signature program. This year’s recipients include actress Camila Morrone of “Mickey and the Bear,” which will screen in the World Cinema Narrative section, actor Aldis Hodge from “Clemency,” in the Spotlight section, and Lulu Wang, director of the summer indie darling “The Farewell.”
The films in this year’s Conflict & Resolution program, which spotlight stories that creatively deal with complex issues and societal effects of war and violence, and engage audiences surrounding the causes, will include the following: Hans Pool’s “Bellingcat: Truth in a Post-Truth World,” Feras Fayyad’s “The Cave,” Waad al-Khateab and Edward Watts’s “For Sama,” Ben Lawrence’s “Hearts and Bones,” and Dror Moreh’s “The Human Factor.”
“For Sama” will be the recipient of the section’s Brizzolara Family Foundation Awards for Films of Conflict & Resolution and following the screening, Alec Baldwin will be hosting a live taping of the NPR podcast “Here’s The Thing” with the filmmakers.
For the 17th year, the festival will partner with New York Women in Film & Television, a nonprofit dedicated to supporting, celebrating and advocating for women in media, to present its annual shorts “NYWIFT: Women Calling the Shots,” to support achievements in female filmmaking. This year’s shorts will include Remington Long’s “Alchemy,” Grace Kim’s “An Interloper’s Kiss,” Sini Anderson’s “Catherine Opie B. 1961,” Lizzy Hogenson’s “Dani,” Faren Humes’ “Liberty,” Celine Held and Logan George’s “Lockdown,” and Farida Zahran’s “Youth.” The Women Calling the Shots showcase will be preceded by NYWIFT’s brunch at Mulford Farm celebrating the women filmmakers at the festival.
“We are elated to conclude our festival with Trey Edward Shults’ WAVES, a beautiful drama of a family’s love that will absolutely mesmerize our audiences,” said David Nugent, Artistic Director of the Hamptons International Film Festival. “And with our Breakthrough Artist signature program, we are pleased to recognize the talent of Camila Morrone, Aldis Hodge, Lulu Wang, three artists whose work on the screen has been stunning.”
“Our long-standing collaboration with New York Women in Film & Television has showcased exciting work from female filmmakers for the last 17 years, and we are extremely proud of this legacy,” said Anne Chaisson, Executive Director of Hamptons International Film Festival. “additionally highlighting another signature program, Conflict and Resolution has opened the eyes of our audiences of the horrors of conflict, and how we can help those in dire need.”
Ticket packages for the 2019 festival are now on sale, and individual tickets will go on sale on October 1. This year’s festival guide will be available online on September 17. The 27th annual Hamptons International Film Festival will take place Columbus Day Weekend, October 10 to 14. For more information visit hamptonsfilmfest.org.