Writer-director Richard LaGravanese’s “Living Out Loud,” starring Holly Hunter, will have its New York premiere as the opening night film of the sixth annual Hamptons Intl. Film Festival, which runs Oct. 14-18 in East Hampton, N.Y.
The closing night film will be the U.S. preem of Benoit Jacquot’s “The School of Flesh” starring Isabelle Huppert.
Miramax’s “Little Voice,” starring Michael Caine, Brenda Blethyn and Jane Horrocks, will also have its U.S. premiere at the festival.
The Hamptons fest will hold a tribute to Blake Edwards, who will be present along with his wife, Julie Andrews, for a special screening of a new print of his 1968 film “The Party,” starring Peter Sellars, on Oct. 15.
This year’s lineup was announced Thursday by the Hamptons fest’s new exec director, Denise Kasell, and program commit-tee head David Schwartz, who works year-round as chief curator of film and video at the American Museum of the Moving Image.
“We have tried to expand upon the Hamptons’ past accomplishments by pushing the festival in a few new directions,” said Schwartz.
Among the 20 pics unspooling in the contemporary international cinema category are Joe Carnahan’s low-budget black comedy “Blood Guts Bullets & Octane,” Alex Cox’s absurdist comedy “Three Businessmen,” Joan Chen’s directorial debut “Xiu Xiu: The Sent Down Girl” and Myles Berkowitz’s mating-game story “20 Dates,” which won the audience award at the 1998 Slamdance film fest.
Eleven American films will compete for the festival’s top prize, the Golden Starfish, which includes $165,000 in goods and services. Judging the competition will be Stockard Channing, Marisa Tomei, Nancy Savoca and Scott Meek.
Ten films will be presented in this year’s international documentary competition, including the world premiere of “Vietnam: Long Time Coming” from “Hoop Dreams” co-director Peter Gilbert and Aviva Kempner’s “The Life and Times of Hank Greenberg,” the story of the legendary Jewish baseball player who hit 58 home runs in a single season.
A restored print of James Whale’s “Bride of Frankenstein” will be screened along with “Gods & Monsters,” Bill Condon’s Whale biopic that made its premiere at the Sundance Film Festival.
Ticket packages, festival passes and individual tickets for the Hamptons festival can be purchased by calling the box office at (516) 329-5891. The Festival Box Office, located at 66 Newtown Lane in East Hampton, will be open from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily starting Oct. 1.