Hamptons Festival Locks in Circuit Faves, Including Closer ’12 Years a Slave’

Fest sets 'Kill Your Darlings' as opener and 'Nebraska' as centerpiece screening

"12 Years a Slave"

The 21st annual Hamptons Intl. Film Festival has tapped a trio of fest-circuit buzzmagnets for its prime screening slots, setting “Kill Your Darling” as the opening night screening with “Nebraska” skedded for the centerpiece screening and “12 Years a Slave” on the docket to close the annual event.

John Krokidas’ Beat generation tale “Kill Your Darlings” stars Daniel Radcliffe as Alan Ginsberg. Film, which preemed at Sundance, will open HIFF Oct. 10 ahead of its Oct. 16 release from Sony Pictures Classics

“Nebraska,” the latest from Alexander Payne, bowed at Cannes and is set for a slot in the New York Film Festival ahead of its screening as part of HIFF. Road trip tale starring Bruce Dern and Will Forte will screen as HIFF’s centerpiece prior to a Nov. 22 release from Paramount Vantage.

Steve McQueen’s “12 Years a Slave” is the newest title of the three to hit the festival circuit, generating strong reviews in debuts at Telluride and Toronto. That pic, in which Chiwetel Ejiofor stars as a free black man kidnapped and sold into slavery, will close the 2013 edition of HIFF prior to its Fox Searchlight release Oct. 18.

Hamptons has in recent years aimed to position itself as an ideal spot for New York-area members of the film industry to catch up on the awards season fodder they may have missed at other fests. This year’s outing runs Oct. 10-14.