Katherine Dieckmann’s “Strange Weather” will be the Southampton Opening Night film at the Hamptons Intl. Film Festival on Oct. 7. Additionally, Kenneth Lonergan’s film “Machester by the Sea” will be presented as the Saturday centerpiece film, with Mike Mills’ “20th Century Women” to be featured as the Sunday centerpiece film.
“Our Southampton opening night and centerpiece films bring an array of talented filmmakers, actors, and diverse storylines to HIFF this year,” said David Nugent, festival artistic director. “We are thrilled at the opportunity to screen these bodies of work.”
“Strange Weather” stars Holly Hunter as a mother who travels the back roads of the Deep South to settle a score in an effort to deal with the grief over the death of her son. The film also stars Carrie Coon, Kim Coates, and Glenne Headly.
Starring Casey Affleck, “Manchester by the Sea” centers around a janitor who, after the death of his older brother, is shocked to learn that he has become the sole guardian of his teenage nephew. Written and directed by Kenneth Lonergan, the film also stars Michelle Williams, Kyle Chandler, Lucas Hedges and Kara Hayward. The film will screen Oct. 8.
Writer and director Mike Mills will present his film “20th Century Women,” on Oct. 9. The film, which stars Annette Bening, Elle Fanning, Greta Gerwig, and Billy Crudup, tells the story of three women who explore love and freedom in Southern California during the late 1970s.
“We are so proud to showcase films made by New York based, independent film directors, and it is an exceptional pleasure to showcase their works in these coveted festival slots,” said Anne Chaisson, festival executive director. “For 24 years our mission has been to celebrate independent voices, and the films of Katherine Dieckmann, Mike Mills and Kenneth Lonergan embody what the word independent truly means.”
Additionally, Variety’s 10 Actors to Watch will be honored at the festival.
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The 24th annual Hamptons Intl. Film Festival will runs Oct. 6-10 in East Hampton, N.Y. Individual tickets for the festival go on sale Sept. 26 and can be purchased through hamptonsfilmfest.org.