Film fans have already gotten a sneak peek at some of what’s coming for the 21st Hamptons International Film Festival, from next Thursday through Oct. 14, and this week, the festival announced its complete schedule and the guests for its Conversations With series, Helena Bonham Carter and Bruce Dern.
The festival will open at Guild Hall in East Hampton next Thursday with “Kill Your Darlings” by John Krokidas, set in the early days of the Beat Generation, and in Southampton on Friday, Oct. 11, with “About Time,” a romantic comedy from Richard Curtis, director of “Notting Hill” and “Love Actually.”
A cast including Meryl Streep, Julia Roberts, Ewan McGregor, and Chris Cooper will bring Tracy Letts’s play “August: Osage County” to the big screen in the Oct. 12 Centerpiece Film by the same name, directed by John Wells. Mr. Dern, who headlines the Oct. 13 Centerpiece Film, “Nebraska,” will hold forth on his craft that day at 4 p.m. Ms. Carter, who stars as Elizabeth Taylor in Richard Laxton’s “Burton and Taylor,” also showing at the festival, will discuss her career on Oct. 12 at 2 p.m. Both programs will be held at the Bay Street Theatre in Sag Harbor.
The closing night film, announced earlier last month, will be Steve McQueen’s “12 Years a Slave,” based on the true story of a free black man who is abducted and sold into slavery prior to the Civil War.
Among the festival’s special programs will be a tribute to Working Title Films, the British film production company responsible for such films as “Atonement,” “Frost/Nixon,” “Four Weddings and a Funeral,” “Billy Elliot,” and “Bridget Jones’s Diary.” Tim Beven and Eric Fellner, Working Title co-chairmen, will be joined by the actress Renée Zellweger and directors Richard Curtis, Edgar Wright, and Joe Wright for an in-depth interview on Oct. 12 at 4 p.m. at Guild Hall.
The Academy Award-winning documentary filmmaker Barbara Kopple will be at Rowdy Hall in East Hampton on Friday, Oct. 11, at 10 a.m. for the first in a series of Rowdy Talks to be held each morning of the festival. Ms. Kopple’s film “Running From Crazy,” about the Hemingway family’s history of depression and substance abuse, will be shown at the festival.
This year’s Spotlight Films will include “Capital,” a thriller that explores the high-stakes world of international finance, directed by Costa Gavras, acclaimed for his political dramas “Z” and “Missing,” and “Her,” a contemporary love story starring Joaquin Phoenix, Scarlett Johansson, Olivia Wilde, Rooney Mara, and Amy Adams by Spike Jonze, the director of “Being John Malkovich” and “Adaptation.” Also in this category are “The Past,” a drama of family secrets and strife from the Iranian director Asghar Farhadi, whose film “A Separation” won the 2011 Academy Award for best foreign-language film, and Jason Reitman’s “Labor Day,” a drama about a 13-year-old struggling to care for his reclusive mother and the escaped convict who enters their lives. Kate Winslet and Josh Brolin star.
Other Spotlight Films are Drake Doremus’s “Breath In,” starring Guy Pearce, Felicity Jones, and Amy Ryan; “Free Ride” by Shana Betz with the Academy Award-winner Anna Paquin; Anthony Fabian’s “Louder Than Words,” starring David Duchovny, Hope Davis, and Tinothy Hutton, and “Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom” by Justin Chadwick, with Idris Elba starring as the South African leader.
In the festival’s World Cinema category, which includes narrative and documentary films, the selections include some American documentaries running the gamut from adulation to exposé.
“American Masters — Marvin Hamlisch: One Singular Sensation,” which has its world premiere next Thursday, follows the composer’s career from “The Way We Were” and “The Sting” through “A Chorus Line,” and includes interviews with Barbra Streisand, Quincy Jones, Christopher Walken, and Mr. Hamlisch, among others.
“The Armstrong Lie” is the director Alex Gibney’s portrait of Lance Armstrong, pieced together from previously unseen footage and interviews and focused on the years from his post-cancer return to cycling through the acknowledgement of his use of performance-enhancing drugs. The film will have its United States premiere Oct. 12. “Big Shot” tells a bizarre story with ramifications closer to home for Long Island residents. In 1996 John Spano, a Dallas businessman, agreed to purchase the New York Islanders for $165 million in a deal fans hoped would revive the team’s fortunes. Kevin Connolly showcases the rise and fall of the team and the whopping fraud perpetrated on the N.H.L. by Mr. Spano, who had a fraction of the wealth he claimed and eventually served two prison terms.
World Cinema offerings will also include narrative and documentary films from France, Belgium, Georgia, Germany, Denmark, Kenya, Japan, Australia, Uruguay, Canada, Spain, Ireland, and the United States, among them “Blue Is the Warmest Color” by Abdellatif Kechiche, which won the 2013 Palme D’Or at the Cannes Film Festival.
Directors from five countries are competing for the Golden Starfish Award for best narrative feature: Sebastian Betbeder from France (“2 Autumns, 3 Winters”), Jeremy Saulnier from the U.S. (“Blue Ruin”), Joe Lawlor and Christine Molloy from Ireland (“Mister John”), Janis Nords from Latvia (“Mother, I Love You”), and Clio Bernard from the United Kingdom (“The Selfish Giant”). First prize is a filmmaking service package worth more than $80,000.
Five films are in the running for the Golden Starfish Award for best documentary feature: Dan Shadur’s “Before the Revolution,” “Behind the Redwood Curtain” by Liesbeth De Ceulaer, Mika Mattila’s “Chimeras,” Ryan McGarry’s “Code Black,” and “Desert Runners” by Jennifer Steinman.
Another special festival program centers on new films from the United Kingdom. Among the seven selections are two period films based on true stories of young women who became involved with older 19th-century literary lions. “The Invisible Woman” is Nelly Ternan, who, as a girl of 18, became the clandestine lover and muse of Charles Dickens. Ralph Fiennes directed and stars with Felicity Jones and Kristin Scott Thomas.
Emma Thompson wrote and appears in “Effie Gray,” in which Dakota Fanning portrays a teenager who marries the much older John Ruskin, only to discover his overbearing personality and sexual dysfunction, which led to the annulment of the unconsummated marriage after five years.
A third real-life love affair provides the back story of “Burton and Taylor,” a drama set in 1983, eight years after the movie stars’ second divorce, when they reunited to appear in a West End production of Noel Coward’s “Private Lives.” Dominic West headlines with Ms. Carter.
In the Films of Conflict and Resolution program, recognizing movies that treat the complex issues and effects of war and violence, this year’s Brizzolara Family Foundation Award was given to “Plot for Peace,” a documentary from South Africa on the diplomatic maneuverings that led to the release of Nelson Mandela from jail. Other documentaries in the series focus on the 2011 Egyptian uprising in Tahrir Square, the evangelical movement in Uganda, and the psychological aftermath of the Lebanese civil war. Amos Gitai’s narrative film “Ana Arabia,” shot in a single 81-minute take, follows a young Israeli journalist as she encounters a tiny community of Arabs and Jews living in relative harmony in Jaffa.
Among those expected to attend the festival are Anna Paquin, Ralph Fiennes, Dakota Fanning, David Duchovny, Kevin Connolly, Will Forte, Timothy Hutton, Amy Ryan, Richard Curtis, Adepero Oduye, Brie Larson, Dane DeHaan, David Oyelowo, Jonathan Franzen, Paul Dano, Ralph Macchio, Richard Curtis, Scott Haze, and Spike Jonze. A complete schedule of all festival screenings and events is available online at hamptonsfilmfest.org.
Tickets can be purchased online and at box offices in East Hampton, Southampton, and New York City. The East Hampton box office at the QF Gallery at 98 Newtown Lane will be open from noon to 6 p.m. today, tomorrow, Monday, and Tuesday; from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Saturday, and from noon to 5 p.m. on Sunday. During the festival it will be open daily from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.
In Southampton, tickets can be had at the Southampton Center on Job’s Lane on Saturday and Sunday from noon to 5 p.m. only. The New York box office, at 415 West 42nd Street, will be open daily from noon to 8 p.m. through Oct. 14. Ticket prices start at $15 for regular film screenings, $13 for those over 65.