“Youth” to Open HIFF in Southampton

Rachel Weitz in “Youth.” Film still courtesy of Fox Searchlight.
Rachel Weitz in “Youth.” Film still courtesy of Fox Searchlight.
Rachel Weisz in “Youth.” Film still courtesy of Fox Searchlight.

The Hamptons International Film Festival announced last week that Paolo Sorrentino’s “Youth” will open the festival’s screenings in Southampton on Friday, October 9. The festival also announced its Views From Long Island section, which will focus on local filmmakers, the area’s unique landscapes, and the important social and political issues facing Long Island communities, as well as this year’s Conflict & Resolution (C&R) program, recognizing and celebrating films that deal with the complex issues and the human dramas associated with war and violence.

Starring Academy Award winner Michael Caine as Fred and Academy Award nominee Harvey Keitel as Mick, “Youth” explores the lifelong bond between two friends vacationing in a luxury Swiss Alps lodge as they ponder retirement. While Fred has no plans to resume his musical career despite the urging of his loving daughter Lena (Academy Award Winner Rachel Weisz), Mick is intent on finishing the screenplay for what may be his last important film for his muse Brenda (Academy Award winner Jane Fonda). The film also stars Paul Dano, and will open on December 4 following its screening at HIFF.

“We are looking forward to kicking off our Southampton screenings with Paolo Sorrentino’s exquisite new film,” said David Nugent, HIFF Artistic Director. “ ‘Youth’ is an emotionally rich and complex film, and its dynamic cast brings incredible depth to the story.”

In addition, the Views From Long Island program, supported by the Suffolk County Film Commission, will feature the World Premiere of Marc Levin’s “The Class Divide,” Ron Davis’ “Harry & Snowman,” Alexandra Shiva’s “How to Dance in Ohio,” Robert Edwards’ “When I Live My Life Over Again,” and Pippa Bianco’s short film “Picturing Barbara Kruger.” A $3,000 Suffolk County Next Exposure Grant will be awarded in this category. This program supports the completion of high quality, original director-driven low budget independent films from both emerging and established filmmakers who have completed 50-percent of principal photography within Suffolk County.

“Our Views From Long Island program has constantly showcased the best in filmmaking from our Long Island community. We truly value our local and resident filmmakers, and it is a privilege to be able to celebrate their work at the festival,” said Anne Chaisson, HIFF Executive Director.

The festival previously announced that James Vanderbilt’s “Truth,” starring Robert Redford, Cate Blanchett, Topher Grace and Elisabeth Moss, will be the Opening Night film on Thursday, October 8 in East Hampton. For more information or tickets visit hamptonsfilmfest.org.