The Hamptons International Film Festival is celebrating 25 years of independent film with the 2017 festival set for Oct. 5-9. The annual event committed to showcasing international films and filmmakers with original voices and prospectives will feature more than 60 films in a wide range of genres from comedy to tragedy. Consider this the coming attractions of the nine Hamptons International Film Festival features not to miss.
Shared Cinematic Universes Aren’t All Built the Same
Carla Simon’s autobiographical film debut is a fresh take on a coming-of-age story. The film follows 6-year-old Frida (Laia Artigas) after the death of her parents as she tries to acclimate to a new life with her uncle (David Verdaguer) in the Spanish countryside. In a film of extreme highs and lows, the audience watches Frida navigate complex emotional challenges. If you enjoyed last year’s Oscar nominated emotional rollercoaster Manchester by the Sea, this film is for you.
The Leisure Seeker
Academy Award winner Helen Mirren and two-time Golden Globe winner Donald Sutherland star as an older couple setting out on one last adventure. In Paolo Virzi’s English language feature debut, the couple throws caution and the advice of their doctors to the wind to go on a cross-country trip down the East Coast. It’s all to reignite their love for each other. Those who loved Hope Springs should check this one out.
Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri
Academy Award winning writer and director Martin McDonagh returns to feature filmmaking in this film fans of August: Osage County will want to see. After her daughter’s murder, Mildred (Academy Award winner Frances McDormand) decides to demand the attention of the local police posting three signs leading into the town with a blatant message for the town’s chief of police (Woody Harrelson) and his partner (Sam Rockwell).
Filmmaker Jeff Deutchman captures the thoughts and feelings of ordinary Americans during the 2016 presidential election. The documentary film focuses on voters from every side of the political spectrum. It also finds commonality among Americans during one of the most divisive elections in United States history. Think The War Room in modern day America.
Looking for a change of scenery, Alex (Tate Ellington) leaves NYC to house-sit at an “enchanted cottage” on Long Island. Alex gets much more than he bargained for as he finds himself lost on a wild, all-night musical adventure. The audience can expect to catch glimpses of familiar Long Island spots—Wanderland was filmed in and around the Hamptons area.
NYC artist Sam (Emmy and Golden Globe nominated actor Alan Cumming) has trouble coping with surviving the AIDS epidemic. He spends his days working on video tribute to his partner who died of the disease. After meeting a younger man, Sam must reassess his resentment for a generation that will never understand his pain. If you enjoyed Dallas Buyers Club, this film is for you.
Fans of The Theory of Everything, get ready for another memorable film. It’s the inspiring true story of activists Robin and Diana Cavendish (Academy Award nominee Andrew Garfield and Golden Globe winner Claire Foy). After Robin’s rapid onset polio leaves him paralyzed, the two decide to remove him from the hospital in order to give him a chance to enjoy his life the best he can. Robin and Diana work together to break the stigma surrounding disability rights. Breathe is the directorial debut for Andy Serkis, known for his roles as Gollum in the Lord of the Rings trilogy and Caesar in the Planet of the Apes series.
Film Stars Don’t Die in Liverpool
Paul McGuigan adapts British actor Peter Turner’s memoir of the same name for a period romance film about the intimate relationship between actress Gloria Grahame (Academy Award nominee Annette Bening) and Peter Turner (Jamie Bell). The film follows Grahame as she travels between Los Angeles and Liverpool and develops a relationship with Turner. This is perfect for fans of My Week with Marilyn.
Goodbye Christopher Robin
Simon Curtis offers a look into the relationship between children’s author A. A. Milne (Domhnall Gleeson) and his son Christopher Robin (newcomer Will Tilston). The latter’s toys and vivid imagination inspired Winnie the Pooh which became a sensation in post-war England. The family is challenged by the fame that is thrust upon them. As Robin’s mother (Margot Robbie) basks in the limelight, fame is stealing his childhood from him.