Hamptons Fest to fete Schlesinger

Director John Schlesinger will receive the Hamptons Intl. Film Festival’s Distinguished Achievement Award, fest officials said.

The awards presentation on Oct. 21 will be accompanied by a screening of the director’s most recent film, “Cold Comfort Farm.” Pic has not yet been acquired for theatrical distribution, but was well-received at the Telluride and Montreal film fests.

The director will take part in an onstage interview conducted by film critic Steven Schiff. An extensive selection of clips from Schlesinger films is expected.

Fest runs Oct. 19-22 in East Hampton, N.Y.

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