'Butter,' 'Rum Diary' among films showcased
The 19th annual Hamptons Film Festival has set a complete lineup that includes Jennifer Garner topliner “Butter,” launching the fest’s Southampton leg, and spotlight slots for “Coriolanus,” “The Rum Diary” and “We Need to Talk About Kevin,” among others.
Festival also features programming in competitive categories, with five films — including Joshua Marston’s “The Forgiveness of Blood” and Christian Schwochow’s “Cracks in the Shell” — in the running for the main narrative competish.
Festival also named four thesps its breakthrough performers, including “Cracks in the Shell” star Stine Fischer Christensen, Emily Browning (“Sleeping Beauty,” screening in the world cinema narrative category), Ezra Miller (appearing in two of the fest’s spotlight films, “Another Happy Day” and “We Need to Talk About Kevin”) and the previously announced Anton Yelchin of “Like Crazy,” the fest’s centerpiece film.
Located in an area packed with the weekend homes of Gotham’s media movers and shakers, the Hamptons fest positions itself as an event where the East Coast’s Academy voters and others in the industry can catch awards contenders in the run-up to the year-end frenzy.
Several docs world preem at the fest, including Fellipe Barbosa’s “Laura,” about an impoverished New York woman who crashes glam nightlife events; Vivian Ducat’s artist docu “All Me: The Life and Times of Winfred Rembert”; “Caris’ Peaces,” Gaylen Ross’ chronicle of an actress with memory loss; “Hard Times: Lost on Long Island,” Marc Levin’s film about unemployment on Long Island; and Jonathan Paley, Ross Finkel and Trevor Martin’s Dominican Republic baseball tale “Pelotero.”
Hamptons fest runs Oct. 13-17, coinciding with the tail end of the nearby New York Film Festival. Hamptons also shares several slate selections with NYFF, including “Martha Macy May Marlene,” “Melancholia,” “Corpo Celeste,” “Pina,” “Le Havre,” “The Kid With the Bike” and closing-night film “The Artist.”