The Hamptons International Film Festival (HIFF) announced Friday that “Spotlight” will be the Saturday Centerpiece Film and “Carol” will be the Sunday Centerpiece Film for the 23rd festival, which runs October 8 through October 12. Both titles will play at Guild Hall in East Hampton.
Starring Michael Keaton, Mark Ruffalo, Rachel McAdams, Liev Schreiber, Brian d’Arcy James and Stanley Tucci, Academy Award nominee Tom McCarthy’s “Spotlight” tells the true story of the Pulitzer Prize-winning Boston Globe investigation that would rock the city and cause a crisis in one of the world’s oldest and most trusted institutions. When the newspaper’s tenacious “Spotlight” team of reporters delve into allegations of abuse in the Catholic Church, their year-long investigation uncovers a decades-long cover-up at the highest levels of Boston’s religious, legal, and government establishment, touching off a wave of revelations around the world. Open Road Films will release the title in select theaters on November 6, and “Spotlight” will be in theaters nationwide by Thanksgiving.
In an adaptation of Patricia Highsmith’s seminal novel “The Price of Salt,” Academy Award nominee Todd Haynes’ “Carol, “stars Cate Blanchett and Rooney Mara. The story follows two women from very different backgrounds who find themselves in an unexpected love affair in 1950s New York. As conventional norms of the time challenge their undeniable attraction, an honest story emerges to reveal the resilience of the heart in the face of change. The Weinstein Company film will open in theaters on November 20.
“It is an honor to be screening these films for our Centerpieces this year,” said HIFF Artistic Director David Nugent. “McCarthy and Haynes are two of America’s most talented filmmakers and they are working at the top of their game.”
“Spotlight and Carol have garnered high praises and are highly anticipated for the awards circuit this year,” said HIFF Executive Director Anne Chaisson. “Both films truly demonstrate the high caliber of films that we continue to pursue and program at our festival.”
For ticketing and additional information, please visit hamptonsfilmfest.org.