The ninth annual Hamptons Intl. Film Festival will unspool Oct. 17-21 in venues in East Hampton, Sag Harbor, Westhampton Beach and Gotham.
Fest’s opening-night pic is Yurek Bogayevicz’s “Edges of the Lord,” a Miramax release starring Haley Joel Osment. Closing-night film is forthcoming Manhattan Pictures release “Enigma,” a Michael Apted-helmed pic penned by Tom Stoppard from Robert Harris’ WWII thriller that stars Dougray Scott, Kate Winslet, Jeremy Northam and Saffron Burrows.
This year’s event includes 11 world premieres and three U.S. preems, with an eclectic array of panels and special presentations.
Competing for the fest’s main prize, worth over $180,000 in goods and in-kind services, are pics including “All About You,” written and directed by Christine Swanson; writer-director Joseph Castelo’s “American Saint”; writer-director J.P. Allen’s “Coffee and Language”; “Killer Me,” from writer, director, editor and composer Zachary Hansen; and Karl Slovin’s “On Edge.”
Five new features will be introduced in the fest’s Spotlight Films program: Danis Tanovic’s “No Man’s Land,” an upcoming MGM release; Patrick Stettner’s “The Business of Strangers,” starring Stockard Channing and Julia Stiles, to be released by IFC; Robert Moresco’s directorial debut, “One Eyed Kings,” starring Armand Assante and William Baldwin, and to be released by Manhattan Pictures; New Line’s “Life as a House,” helmed by Irwin Winkler and starring Kevin Kline, Kristin Scott Thomas and Hayden Christensen; and Guillermo del Toro’s “The Devil’s Backbone,” to be released by Sony Pictures Classics.
Focus on filmmakers
Among the fest’s events are a special presentation of Orson Welles’ “Citizen Kane,” with film critic Roger Ebert on hand to conduct a master class on the pic, to be released this fall on DVD; and a “Conversation With … ,” an evening with a filmmaker to be announced, hosted by New York Times film critic Elvis Mitchell.
Fest’s doc division features five pics competing for a Golden Starfish prize: “E Dreams,” Wonsuk Chin’s look at the rise and fall of a dot-com; Stephen Earnhart’s directorial debut, “Mule Skinner Blues”; Justine Shapiro, B.Z. Goldberg and Carlos Bolado’s “Promises,” about the Middle East conflict as seen through the eyes of Palestinian and Israeli children; Max Raab’s “Strut!”; and Gotham-based choreographer Tamar Rogoff and Daisy Wright’s “Summer in Ivye.”
World Cinema section features “The Artistry of Cuba,” a selection of pics from that country, celebrating a legacy of Cuban arts and ideas.