Cinephiles, get ready to head East. The highly anticipated 24th Annual Hamptons International Film Festival returns Oct. 6-10. The five-day celebration of feature-length and short films from all over the world promises a wide range of relatable entertainment from dramas to documentaries. Five flicks will have everybody buzzing.
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The opening night film directed by Jeff Nichols honors the bravery and commitment of interracial couple Richard and Mildred Loving (Joel Edgerton and Ruth Negga). After being exiled from Virginia for five years for violating the state’s anti-miscegenation laws in 1958, the Loving’s decided to fight back at a time when the Civil Rights movement was roaring. They appealed their case all the way to the Supreme Court and transformed history with the landmark Loving v. Virginia decision.
Prepare for an emotionally rich drama that teaches audiences how to break the silence of tragedies with forgiveness, grace and redemption. Strange Weather trails a valiant southern woman (Holly Hunter) as she travels through the Deep South with her best friend (Carrie Coon), discovering what’s involved in starting over.
Manchester By The Sea
Everyone knows Casey Affleck from his distinguished role in Good Will Hunting, but no one has ever seen him like this. Affleck stars as Lee Chandler, a handy man who is forced to confront demons from the past after returning to his New England family, in Manchester by the Sea. Critics are calling it “his most powerful and raw performance” yet.
20th Century Women
This emotional and humorous flick stars Annette Bening, Elle Fanning, Greta Gerwig, Lucas Jade Zumann and Billy Crudup. Set in 1979 Santa Barbara, California, the film follows Dorothea Fields’ (Bening) as she attempts to teach her son Jamie (Zumann) about love and freedom with two other women, Abbie Clark (Gerwig) and Julie (Elle Fanning).
The closing night crime-drama directed by Ewan McGregor recreates the unbridled social and political scene of the late ’60s—early ’70s. Seymour “Swede” Levov (Ewan McGregor), a legendary high school athlete, and his beauty queen wife (Jennifer Connelly) live peacefully in New Jersey until their beloved daughter Merry’s (Dakota Fanning) new political affiliation threatens to destroy their family. She vanishes after being accused of committing a violent act and Swede devotes his life to finding her and piecing his family back together.