Writer-director Jeff Nichols will open the festival with “Loving,” which tells the real-life story of interracial couple Richard and Mildred Loving as they fight for the right to live as a family in a segregated town. Joel Edgerton and Ruth Negga lead the cast of the Focus Features film, set for release Nov. 4.
Ewan McGregor’s adaptation of the Philip Roth novel, “American Pastoral,” closes the festival with a look at an all-American family whose illusions are shattered when a high school athlete turned successful businessman and his former beauty pageant wife discover their daughter has been accused of a heinous crime. McGregor, Dakota Fanning and Jennifer Connelly star in the film, to be rolled out for release by Lionsgate beginning Oct. 21.
“Every year the festival aims to bring topical, timely and entertaining programming to our audiences, and both of our Opening and Closing Night films fit this bill,” said HIFF Executive Director Anne Chaisson.
The 24th Hamptons International Film Festival runs over Columbus Day Weekend, Oct. 6-10, in East Hampton, New York. News of the opening and closing films follows on the heels of the fest’s announcement of the competition slates, with Edward Norton set to receive this year’s career award.