Recent Stories: Film Festival

Mark Segal
October 10, 2016

Although “The Long Night of Francisco Sanctis,” did not win one of the Hamptons International Film Festival’s awards, its tense noir-ish atmosphere is one worth seeking out, should it receive United States distribution. It opens in its native Argentina in September.

Christine Sampson
October 8, 2016
"God Knows Where I Am" looks at mental illness through the eyes of a woman held captive by it.

In introducing the film “God Knows Where I Am” on Friday night, David Nugent, the artistic director of the Hamptons International Film Festival, said he loves documentaries that “take some chances and bring some artistic elements” to the table.

Jennifer Landes
October 8, 2016
Holly Hunter spent a lot of her time at the Hamptons International Film Festival this weekend addressing the challenges women face in the film business.

After a quick discussion following the screening of her film “Strange Weather” on Friday night in Southampton, Holly Hunter sat down for a longer chat with Thelma Adams on Saturday afternoon in the East Hampton Middle School auditorium as part of the Hamptons International Film Festival. 

Mark Segal
October 8, 2016

From the millions of Syrians displaced by five years of war to Donald Trump’s call for a Mexican wall, the plight of migrants and the political ramifications of immigration have dominated the news in recent years.

Star Staff
October 8, 2016
The Star's photographers were out and about to capture the sights and scenes of the Hamptons International Film Festival.

In between the countless screenings and discussions that come with the Hamptons International Film Festival are two other noteworthy diversions, the red carpet line and the parties.

The Star's staff photographers were on the scene to check out who was where on Friday and Saturday.

Mark Segal
October 7, 2016

“The Teacher,” which is being screened as part of the Hampton International Film Festival this weekend, is an impeccably constructed Czech film set in the final decade of Communism about a teacher who extracts favors and services from her students and their parents in return for inflated grades. Oscillating between drama and satire, the film works on several levels.

Star Staff
October 7, 2016
East Hampton was full of activity and glamour as the Hamptons International Film Festival opened on Thursday night.

After a few quiet weeks post-Labor Day, activity and glamour in East Hampton moved up a notch on Thursday with the arrival of the Hamptons International Film Festival.

The annual event features a weekend packed full of screenings, talks, awards, and other events. Tickets are still available for many of them.

Christine Sampson
October 7, 2016
"Tilt and Shift," a collection of strange and surreal short films, is just one of several shorts programs playing at the Hamptons International Film Festival this weekend.

A pair of parking garage security guards exchange notes in code, and their seemingly boring overnight shifts are slowly revealed to be filled with surprises. An actress reflects on her auditions, her makeup sessions, her method-acting abilities -- all to play the role of a lifeless body, time and again, in film and television.

Jennifer Landes
October 6, 2016
The Hamptons International Film Festival opened on Thursday with a screening of Jeff Nichols's film 'Loving.'

The Hamptons International Film Festival opened Thursday night, with Alec Baldwin and Randy Mastro debuting as its new co-chairmen. The two took over after the end of last year’s festival from Stuart Match Suna, who is chairman emeritus.

Star Staff
October 6, 2016
Tomorrow's Winick Talk at Rowdy Hall will feature David Nugent, Ina Pira, and David Rattray. The talk begins at 10 a.m.

Tomorrow's Winick Talk at Rowdy Hall will feature David Nugent and Ina Pira. Mr. Nugent is the artistic director of the Hamptons International Film Festival and Ms. Pira is a senior programmer there.

Christine Sampson
October 15, 2015
A crew of more than 150 staffers and volunteers managed the festival, which attracted an audience of around 20,000.

The Hamptons International Film Festival has just completed its 23rd year on the South Fork, showing more than 140 feature-length and short films at venues in East Hampton, Southampton, Sag Harbor, and Westhampton Beach.

Jennifer Landes
Morgan McGivern
October 13, 2015
"Bridge of Spies," a new Steven Spielberg film starring Tom Hanks and Mark Rylance, closed the Hamptons International Film Festival on Monday night.

The 23rd Hamptons International Film Festival closed last night with the film "A Bridge of Spies," a Cold War-era drama directed by East Hampton's Steven Spielberg from a script by Joel and Ethan Coen. Tom Hanks plays a principled Everyman and Mark Rylance, his client, a just as principled Soviet spy.

Christine Sampson
October 13, 2015

There was a brief power outage Friday night during the world premiere screening of "The C Word," after which a Hamptons International Film Festival official popped in at the East Hampton Cinema to let everyone know there was no need to panic despite the fact that the theater may have been hit by a bolt of lightning during a particularly rough storm.

Christine Sampson
October 12, 2015
If there was a common theme for this year's Hamptons International Film Festival, it was the right to ask questions and to discover the truth.

For Anne Chaisson and David Nugent, the executive director and artistic director, respectively, of the Hamptons International Film Festival, this year's program of more than 140 films seemed to have a common theme — they were thought-provoking and encouraged hard questions.

Mark Segal
October 12, 2015

The Hamptons Film Festival presented a double feature in Sag Harbor on Sunday afternoon.

Jennifer Landes
October 11, 2015
Todd Haynes's latest film was the Sunday Centerpiece of the Hamptons International Film Festival.

The Hampton International Film Festival's Centerpiece film "Carol" was screened on Sunday at Guild Hall. The film stars Cate Blanchett, Rooney Mara, Sarah Paulson, and Kyle Chandler.

Christopher Walsh
October 11, 2015
Dan Rather defended the veracity of the 60 Minutes story that led to his resignation from that network, but he acknowledged there were flaws in the reporting.

Dan Rather, whose decades-long career at CBS News ended ignominiously in the wake of a September 2004 report on then-President George W. Bush's Vietnam War-era service in the National Guard, admitted to flaws in the process but defended the veracity of the report's conclusions in a conversation with the actor Alec Baldwin at Bay Street Theater in Sag Harbor. 

Jennifer Landes
October 11, 2015
"Spotlight," a story about a real-life coverup of the sexual abuse of minors by Catholic priests in Boston, is rendered by a fine ensemble cast playing real reporters at The Boston Globe.

“Spotlight,” a new film about the exposure of a systematic coverup of pedophilia in the Catholic Church in Boston, played to a packed house at Guild Hall on Saturday night.

Christopher Walsh
October 11, 2015
Ethan Hawke plays Chet Baker, a talented by addicted musician in "Born to Be Blue."

With its writer and director, Robert Budreau, in attendance, "Born to Be Blue," starring Ethan Hawke as the immensely talented but hopelessly addicted musician Chet Baker, made its U.S. debut on Saturday night at the United Artists cinema in East Hampton as part of the Hamptons International Film Festival.

Christine Sampson
October 10, 2015
Nick Louvel died in a car accident after dropping off his copy of the film for the Hamptons Film Festival

Nick Louvel had just dropped off the documentary film he co-directed, "The Uncondemned," to the organizers of the Hamptons International Film Festival late at night on Sept. 23. He took a selfie in the process, then text-messaged it to his co-director colleague, Michele Mitchell, along with two short sentences: "I'm proud of this film. I'm proud of us."

Mark Segal
October 10, 2015
The subject is the increasing radicalization of German youth from the mid-1960s through the formation of the Red Army Faction a/k/a the Baader-Meinhof group in 1970.

  “A German Youth,” a film by Jean-Gabriel Periot having its East Coast premiere at the Hampton Film Festival, is a powerful example of a documentary that extends the parameters of the form.

Morgan McGivern
October 10, 2015
Five of 10 talented young actors shared their experiences so far at Nick and Toni's on Saturday.

Five up-and-coming actors of distinction came to Nick and Toni's on Saturday afternoon to have brunch and talk about their experiences making films so far. They were part of Variety's 10 Actors to Watch, an annual selection of fresh faces who are going places.

Jennifer Landes
October 9, 2015
"Anomalisa" had its East Coast premiere on Friday night at the Hamptons International Film Festival.

Charlie Kaufman’s latest film, “Anomalisa,” had its east coast premiere on Friday night at the Hamptons International Film Festival, and an eager crowd lined up and braved the threat of rain and then a lightning strike that caused a brief power outage to get a first look.

Carissa Katz
October 9, 2015
Local moviegoers will find a satisfying number of familiar locations in Robert Edwards’s “When I Live My Life Over Again,” which played at Guild Hall on Friday, but it’s not just the chance to spot the Stephen Talkhouse, Hook Mill, or c/o the Maidstone that make this one a worthwhile addition to the weekend’s schedule.

Local moviegoers will find a satisfying number of familiar locations in Robert Edwards’s “When I Live My Life Over Again,” which played at Guild Hall on Friday, but it’s not just the chance to spot the Stephen Talkhouse, Hook Mill, or c/o the Maidstone that makes this one a worthwhile addition to the weekend’s schedule.