Film Festival Reveals Yet More to Come

“First Man,” has been selected as the festival’s Saturday Centerpiece film
Ryan Gosling stars as Neil Armstrong in “First Man,” Damien Chazelle’s film about the astronaut, which culminates in his 1969 moon landing.

The Hamptons International Film Festival has announced that Alan Alda, the Academy Award-nominated and Golden Globe-winning actor, will receive this year’s Dick Cavett Artistic Champion Award in recognition of his artistic achievements and contributions to the industry. The award was established in honor of Mr. Cavett in 2017.

“First Man,” directed by Damien Chazelle, the Oscar-winning director of “La La Land,” has been selected as the festival’s Saturday Centerpiece film. It portrays NASA’s mission to put a man on the moon, with Ryan Gosling starring as Neil Armstrong, Claire Foy as Janet Shearon, Armstrong’s wife, and Corey Stoll as Buzz Aldrin.

Another Academy Award-winning director, Alfonso Cuaron (“Gravity”), will be represented in the Spotlight section on Sunday by “Roma,” a semi-autobiographical portrait of a middle-class family making a life for itself amid political turbulence and patriarchal rule in Mexico City in the early 1970s. 

The festival also revealed the selections for the World Cinema Narrative and Documentary categories. The narrative slate will include the world premiere of Rachel Carey’s “Ask for Jane,” a drama about the 1969 founding in Chicago of the Jane Collective, which enabled more than 11,000 women to receive safe illegal abortions before Roe v. Wade.

“Leto,” Kirill Serebrennikov’s look at the music scene in the U.S.S.R. in the context of the political repression of the 1980s, will have its American premiere, as will Wolfgang Fischer’s “Styx,” the story of a doctor who sets out on a solo voyage from Gibraltar to Ascension Island, only to come upon a damaged and overloaded refugee boat.

“Birds of Passage,” Christina Gallego and Ciro Guerra’s drama about two decades of the drug trade in Colombia, will have its New York premiere at the festival. From Iceland comes “Women at War,” a comic drama by Benedikt Erlingsson about a 50-year-old choir teacher who leads a secret life as an eco-terrorist. 

Molly Shannon stars as Emily Dickinson in “Wild Nights With Emily,” Madeleine Olnek’s comic romance in which the literary icon breaks free from her prudish public persona to claim her status as a lesbian hero. “Shoplifters,” a Japanese film directed by Hirokazu Kore-eda that won the Palme d’Or at this year’s Cannes Film Festival, portrays a family of misfits living on the margins of contemporary Tokyo.

Documentary features include the world premiere of Peter Jones’s “Henri Dauman: Looking Up,” the story of an orphaned Holocaust survivor and self-taught photographer whose images for Life magazine, The New York Times, and other publications redefined the representation of historical icons and celebrities.

Other documentaries include Barbara Kopple’s “A Murder in Mansfield,” which explores the ramifications of a lurid crime that shook the small town of Mansfield, Ohio, in 1990, and “Roll Red Roll,” Nancy Schwartzman’s examination of the online exposure of and reactions to the sexual assault of a teenage girl by members of a high school football team in Ohio.

“The Truth About Killer Robots” will have its New York premiere at the festival. Directed by Maxim Pozdorovkin, the documentary uses three recent case studies in which robots have caused the deaths of human beings as a starting point for its examination of how much we’ve allowed robots into our lives.

The festival runs from Oct. 4 to Oct. 8. Individual tickets will go on sale on Sept. 24, with passes and packages available from Wednesday onward at the festival’s website.

Alfonso Cuaron’s “Roma” is the Oscar-winning director’s semi-autobiographical look at a family’s life in Mexico City in the early 1970s.
“Roll Red Roll” is an examination of the reactions to the assault of a teenage girl by members of a high school football team in Ohio.