'Bee' to buzz at film festival

Fox Searchlight’s bigscreen lit adaptation “Bee Season,” starring Richard Gere and Juliette Binoche, will open the 13th annual Hamptons Film Festival Oct. 19 in East Hampton, Long Island. Event, which runs through Oct. 23, will close with Paramount’s Nicolas Cage-Michael Caine starrer “The Weather Man.”

Fresh from its slot at the Toronto Film Festival, “Season,” directed by Scott McGehee and David Siegel, is based on the novel by Myla Goldberg. It opens in limited release Nov. 11. “Weather” also stars Hope Davis and rolls out Oct. 28.

Hamptons fest unveiled Wednesday its full lineup, featuring 27 world and 23 U.S. preems.

Highlights in narrative competition will include writer-director Ali Selim’s “Sweet Land,” a tale of immigrants finding new lives at the end of WWI; Magnolia Pictures’ “The Cave of the Yellow Dog,” by “The Story of Weeping Camel” helmer Byambasuren Davaa; and writer-helmer Susan Traylor’s starring vehicle “Welcome to California.”

Also vying for the fest’s Golden Starfish prize will be Stefan C. Schaefer’s “Confess,” the story of a dreadlocked hacker with an axe to grind; Bernadine Santistevan’s thriller “The Cry”; and Hannes Stohr’s “One Day in Europe,” a lighthearted jab at the new Euro melting pot.

This year, U.S. and foreign pics are competing against each other for the fest’s Golden Starfish in both the narrative and docu categories.

Pics competing on the docu side include Canaan Brumely’s boot camp peek “Ears, Open. Eyeballs, Click”; Shosh Shalam’s exploration of ultra-Orthodox Jews “Be Fruitful and Multiply”; Jaci Judelson’s biographical “Tina Barney: Social Studies”; David Zeiger’s Vietnam War docu “Sir! No Sir!”; and Amy Nicholson’s “Muskrat Lovely,” about the World Championship Muskrat Skinning Competition and Miss Outdoors Beauty Pageant in Dorchester County, Md.

Spotlight Films are to include the ThinkFilm projects “Loverboy” and “The Protocols of Zion,” the Weinstein Co.’s “The Matador” and “Mrs. Henderson Presents,” Sony Pictures Classics’ “Why We Fight,” the BBC’s “Gideon’s Daughter,” indie pic “Boynton Beach Bereavement Club,” Morgan J. Freeman’s “Piggy Banks,” Koch Lorber’s “Syrian Bride,” Zeitgeist’s “Ballets Russes,” Showtime’s “Liza With a Z,” Polly Draper’s “The Naked Brothers Band,” Universal’s “Prime,” Warner Bros.’ “Kiss Kiss, Bang Bang,” Lions Gate’s “A Good Woman” and Picturehouse’s “Tristam Shandy: A Cock and Bull Story.”

Executive director of the HIFF is Denise Kasell, and its board chairman is Stuart Match Suna.

Rajendra Roy programs the fest.

Go to Hamptonsfilmfest.org for a full lineup.

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