‘Now Showing’ HIFF Series Returns to Guild Hall

Maria by Callas

Think “Maria by Callas” isn’t destined for the East End? Think again.

Director Tom Volf’s documentary will kick off the Hamptons International Film Festival’s “Now Showing” series — which brings notable films currently in theaters but not slated for Hamptons distribution — on Saturdays, December 22 and 29, at Guild Hall in East Hampton.

“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,” HIFF Executive Director Anne Chaisson said. “We are excited to continue this series with some of the most artistic and daring films this year, which we know will equally challenge and delight.”

The series, curated by HIFF, will feature first run, acclaimed art house, independent and world cinema on select Saturday nights, including “Shoplifters” from director Hirokazu Kore-eda, winner of the Palme D’Or at the 2018 Cannes Film Festival, on January 5 and 12.

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

Tickets are $15 and $10 for HIFF and Guild Hall members. Additional screenings on January 19, February 2, 16, and 23 will be announced soon. For more information, visit hamptonsfilmfest.org or guildhall.org.