With the 25th annual Hamptons International Film Festival (HIFF) just mere weeks away, HIFF has unveiled the entirety of this year’s Festival. This year’s star-studded lineup, which includes 65 features and 50 shorts, does not disappoint.
Craig Gillespie’s I, Tonya, which explores the life of Olympic ice skater Tonya Harding, will be featured as the Closing Night Film and leading lady Margot Robbie will be in attendance. The film also stars Sebastian Stan and Allison Janney.
“The films in this year’s festival explore a range of stories and perspectives that will take audiences on new paths and spark the kind of debates and conversations that are crucial for a culturally vibrant community,” explained HIFF Artistic Director David Nugent. “Thankfully, over the years, I’ve witnessed the audiences on the East End open themselves up to this experience, and I’m so excited to share this year’s lineup with them.”
HIFF will fête Universal Pictures’ Get Out, which was written, directed, and produced by Jordan Peele. The 2017 breakout hit follows a young African-American man who is meeting his white girlfriend’s family for the first time. While at the family’s secluded estate in the woods, he comes to realize that the trip is not just to get the awkward meet-the-parents step out of the way, leading to some sinister situations. Peele, as well as producers Jason Blum and Sean McKittrick, and stars Daniel Kaluuya – one of 2017’s Variety 10 Actors to Watch honorees – and Allison Williams will be in attendance. Eric Kohn, chief film critic and a senior editor for Indiewire and president of the New York Film Critics Circle, will moderate a conversation with Peele about the film’s relevance in regards to political and cultural climate.
Newly announced Spotlight films include Noah Baumbach’s The Meyerowitz Stories (New and Selected), starring Ben Stiller, Adam Sandler, Dustin Hoffman and Emma Thompson; Joe Wright’s Darkest Hour, featuring Gary Oldman, Kristin Scott Thomas and Ben Mendelsohn; Paul McGuigan’s Film Stars Don’t Die in Liverpool, starring Annette Bening and Jamie Bell; Reginald Hudlin’s Marshall, featuring Chadwick Boseman, Josh Gad, Sterling K. Brown and Kate Hudson; and Todd Haynes’ Wonderstruck, starring Julianne Moore and Michelle Williams.
Additionally, this year’s festival will bring out Jamie Bell, Annette Bening, Jason Blum, Josh Gad, Mariska Hargitay, Richard Jenkins, Daniel Kaluuya, Sean McKittrick, Jordan Peele, Margot Robbie, Sam Rockwell, Allison Williams, Julie Andrews, Carter Burwell, Deon Cole, Alan Cumming, Simon Curtis, Michael Finley, Jennifer Garner, Armie Hammer, Spencer Haywood, Diane Kruger, Itzhak Perlman, Rob Reiner, Oscar Robertson, Andy Serkis, P.J. Tucker, and Bria Vinaite.
The Views From Long Island section will include Yance Ford’s Strong Island, which takes a look at the senseless death of Ford’s brother in 1992, as well as the World Premiere of Ben Cummings and Orson Cummings’ Killer Bees and Josh Klausner’s Wanderland.
The 25th annual Hamptons International Film Festival will be held Thursday, October 5 through Monday, October 9. Founders Passes are currently available for purchase.
For more information, visit hamptonsfilmfest.org.