HIFF And Guild Hall Reroute Art House Films To East End

A still from “Faces Places.” Courtesy of the Hamptons International Film Festival
A still from “Faces Places.” Courtesy of the Hamptons International Film Festival

With the sudden loss of the Sag Harbor Cinema, independent art house films have even less of a home on the East End.

Until now.

The Hamptons International Film Festival and Guild Hall are teaming up to bring a new series of screenings not slated for the East End, called “Now Showing,” to the East Hampton theater.

“Our audience has asked us for years to continue to program films after the annual film festival, and we are thrilled to make this dream a reality,” said HIFF Executive Director Anne Chaisson. “We are kicking off this series with some of the most artistic and daring films this year, which we know will equally challenge and delight.”

Leading the series on Saturday, December 16, is “Faces Places” from filmmaker Agnés Varda, who recently received an honorary Oscar for her life’s work. Her latest documentary takes audiences on a road trip through villages in France to find portraits and the stories behind them.

“Now Showing” will continue with the 2017 Cannes Palme d’Or winner, Ruben Östlund’s “The Square,” on Saturday, December 23, and “Loving Vincent,” from directors Dorota Kobiela and Hugh Welchman, on Saturday, December 30.

“We live in a film-savvy community, but many of the best new releases never make it to our theaters,” said Andrea Grover, executive director of Guild Hall. “We are thrilled to work with our longtime partners HIFF to fill this void.”

Tickets are $15, or $12 for HIFF and Guild Hall members. For more information, please visit hamptonsfilmfest.org or guildhall.org.