HIFF To Honor Alda, Announces Next Wave of Programming

Alan Alda

Academy Award-nominated and Golden Globe-winning actor Alan Alda will receive The Dick Cavett Artistic Champion Award — celebrating his contribution to the entertainment industry through his work on the classic television series “M*A*S*H,” as well as countless films, Broadway credits and the award-winning PBS series “Scientific American Frontiers” — during the 26th annual Hamptons International Film Festival this Columbus Day weekend.

“Alan Alda is one of those now rare actors who in his career continues to distinguish himself on Broadway, in films and on television,” HIFF Co-Chairman Alec Baldwin said in a press release. “Of course, most people remember Alda for his starring role in the seminal TV series ‘M*A*S*H,’ but Alda is also great in the movies and on stage.”

Following up “La La Land,” director Damien Chazelle’s drama “First Man” will screen as the festival’s Saturday Centerpiece film. Starring Ryan Gosling as Neil Armstrong and Claire Foy as Janet Shearon, the film portrays the ambitious mission by NASA to put a man on the moon.

“Roma,” from Academy Award-winning director Alfonso Cuarón will screen in the Spotlight section on Sunday, October 7. Inspired by early 1970s Mexico City, Cuarón shares this semi-autobiographical look at a middle-class family making a life for itself among political turbulence and patriarchal rule.

“The festival also announced the lineup in the World Cinema Narrative and Documentary categories, the heart of cinema ranging from award-winning festival favorites to one-of-a-kind world premieres, curated for our audience from around the globe,” according to a press release.

The World Cinema Narrative section will feature the world premiere of “Ask for Jane,” directed by Rachel Carey, and the U.S. premieres of “Leto,” directed by Kirill Serebrennikov, “STYX” directed by Wolfgang Fischer and Benedikt Erlingsson’s “Women at War.”

“Birds of Passage,” directed by Christina Gallego and Ciro Guerra, will make its New York premiere, and Hirokazu Kore-eda’s “Shoplifters” will also screen. Both films are official entries for the Best Foreign Language Film Oscar — representing Colombia and Japan, respectively.

Additional films will include “Burning” directed by Lee Chang-dong, “Cold War” directed by Pawel Pawlikowski, “The Guilty” directed by Gustav Möller, “Happy As Lazzaro” directed by Alice Rohrwacher, and “Wild Nights with Emily” directed by Madeleine Olnek.

In the World Cinema Documentary section, the slate includes the world premiere of “Henri Dauman: Looking Up,” directed by Peter Jones; 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 “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.

“We are delighted to bring a dynamic mix of international stories to this year’s festival from both returning filmmakers and new voices in cinema,” David Nugent, artistic director of the Hamptons International Film Festival, said in a press release. “We are also thrilled to include some of this fall’s most anticipated and buzzworthy films and for the opportunity to share them with our audience.”

For more information, visit hamptonsfilmfest.org.