The Hamptons International Film Festival (HIFF) announced last week that James Vanderbilt’s “Truth” will be the opening night film on Thursday, October 8 in East Hampton. The film stars Robert Redford, Cate Blanchett, Topher Grace and Elisabeth Moss and follows news anchor Dan Rather (Redford) during his final days at CBS News when he broadcast a report about how President Bush relied on privilege and family connections to avoid fighting in the Vietnam War. The Sony Pictures Classics film will open in theaters on October 16.
“We had the pleasure of having James Vanderbilt serve as a mentor in our Screenwriters Lab back in 2009, and we’re thrilled to have him back as the director of our Opening Night film,” said HIFF Artistic Director David Nugent. “He’s made a sharp and insightful film with wonderful performances that makes audiences consider the ever-changing relationship between journalism and politics in today’s media.”
This year’s Narrative Competition feature films include Matt Sobel’s “Take Me to the River,” Ciro Guerra’s “Embrace of the Serpent,” Avishai Sivan’s “Tikkun,” Grímur Hákonarson’s “Rams,” and Diastème’s “French Blood.”
This year’s Documentary Competition feature films include the World Premiere of Jon Fox’s “Newman,” David Shapiro’s “Missing People,” Jean-Gabriel Périot’s “A German Youth,” Michael Madsen’s “The Visit,” and Ilinca Calugareanu’s “Chuck Norris Vs. Communism.”
“This year’s line up once again demonstrates our outstanding programming team’s taste in film,” said HIFF Executive Director Anne Chaisson. “We are back with smart, intriguing, and stimulating films from 10 countries from around the globe that continue to position our festival on a competitive landscape, while still staying faithful to our audience.”
Featuring one of the most coveted awards in the U.S., our Narrative and Documentary Competition Awards are selected by a prestigious group of industry professionals. The Feature Jury Prize winner in each category receives a package of essential goods and services valued at over $85,000 to be used toward the making of his or her next feature film and a cash prize of $3,000.
The 23rd Annual Hamptons International Film Festival will be held over Columbus Day Weekend, October 8 through October 12.