Hamptons sets ’99 slate

'Deterrence' to kick off fest

The 7th annual Hamptons Film Festival has announced its ’99 slate, which includes world and U.S. preems, high profile fall indie releases and a tribute to French thesp Jeanne Morreau.

The fest kicks off on Oct. 20 with the Rob Lurie directed thriller “Deterrence,” staring Kevin Pollak and Timothy Hutton and closes on the 24th with Miramax’s “Music of the Heart,” starring Meryl Streep.

Along with “Music,” Fine Line’s Sundance pick-up, “Tumbleweeds,” will be the other high profile art house release. The Janet McTeer starrer will be the centerpiece of the spotlight film series along with Adrienne Shelly’s “I’ll Take You There” and Luis Galvao Teles’ “Women/Elles.”

Fine Line Prexy Mark Ordesky, his marketing team of Marian Koltai-Levine and Brian Caldwell, and “Tumbleweeds” director Gavin O’Connor and producer Greg O’Connor will also lead a case study symposium on the marketing of the film.

As in year’s past, the centerpiece of this years fest will be the competition for the Golden Starfish award for best American indie film, a prize which awards $165,000 worth of film production supplies.

This year’s Starfish slate features some of the better reviewed films of this year’s festival circuit, including John-Luke Montias’ “Bobby G Can’t Swim” and Brien Burroughs’ “Suckerfish” from Santa Barbara, Hopwood DePree’s “Last Big Attraction” from Newport, and Paul Todisco’s “Freak Talks About Sex” from Seattle.

Other competish pics include Chris Livingstone’s “Hit & Runaway,” Greg Lachow’s “Money Buys Happiness” and Rino Libertore and Ron Lazeretti’s “Opera Lovers.”

The World Cinema section is sprinkled with world and North American preems featuring well known talents. The slate including the Jason Alexander-helmed comedy “Just Looking” staring Gretchen Mol and Patti LuPone, the Julianna Margulies wedding comedy “We Met in the Vineyard” and the Harry Ralston-directed “The Last Man.”

The Jeanne Moreau retrospective will include a gala tribute and the world preem of her latest film, “Zaide.”