Recent Stories: Film Festival

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.

Jennifer Landes
October 8, 2015
"Truth" takes as its subject the 60 Minutes segment that led to the resignation of Dan Rather, with Robert Redford playing Mr. Rather.

The Hamptons International Film Festival opened on Thursday night with “Truth,” about the events that led up to the resignation of Dan Rather from CBS News.

August 14, 2015

The East Hampton Star-Hamptons International Film Festival giveaway sweepstakes rules:

Mark Segal
October 12, 2014

Saturday's foul weather didn't deter filmmakers and filmgoers from a festive brunch at c/o the Maidstone, which serves as the headquarters for the Hamptons International Film Festival. Mimosas, bloody marys, and passed hors d'oeuvres helped warm up a happy crowd.

Mark Segal
October 10, 2014

"Charlie's Country" is the third collaboration between David Gulpilil, an Australian Aboriginal actor, and Rolf de Heer, a Dutch-born director who lives in Australia. Mr. Gulpilil plays the title character, who lives in a Northern Territory Aboriginal community where white laws have encroached and undermined the traditional ways of life.

Mark Segal
October 10, 2014

The Hamptons International Film Festival's official kickoff took place at Guild Hall Thursday night with a screening of Theodore Melfi's "St. Vincent" starring Melissa McCarthy as newly single mother who must leave her 12-year-old son (Jaeden Lieberher) in the care of her curmudgeonly new neighbor, played by Bill Murray, while she works.

Star Staff
October 2, 2014

Additional batches of tickets to several choice screenings during the upcoming Hamptons International Film Festival went on sale Thursday.

Morgan McGivern
October 15, 2013

The Hanptons International Film Festival brought not just films but parties, tributes, panels, roundtables, awards, and chats both before and after screenings. Here are jus a few of the many, many moments that made up the film festival this weekend.

Mark Segal
October 14, 2013

The Hamptons International Film Festival announced their annual awards Monday morning at the East Hampton Presbyterian Church.

The festival’s Audience Awards went to Stephen Frears’s “Philomena,” a drama starring Dame Judi Dench, and “Desert Runners,” Jennifer Steinman’s documentary about the 4 Deserts Race Series of 150-mile ultramarathons. Irene Taylor Brodsky’s “One Last Hug (…And a Few Smooches): Three Days at Grief Camp” won the Audience Award for Best Short.

Jennifer Landes
October 13, 2013

On Sunday, Bruce Dern and Will Forte, the stars of Alexander Payne's new film "Nebraska," offered an early appetizer to a later Conversation series discussion after the 12:30 p.m. screening of the film at Guild Hall.

Alexander Payne, the movie's director, shot the film in black and white and Mr. Dern said that was because of the bleak terrain and hard life most people lead there. "People don't leave, but they have a stoicism and honesty about them. If you start B.S.ing them they know it."

Jennifer Landes
October 13, 2013

Helena Bonham Carter took the stage and the hot seat at Bay Street Theatre on Saturday to tell the New York Daily News film critic Joe Neumaier what it's like to go to monkey school and having to audition for Stephen Sondheim even though she couldn't sing. The talk was part of the Hamptons International Film Festival's Conversation series.

Jennifer Landes
October 12, 2013

A surprised and appreciative capacity audience greeted the filmmaker Costa-Gavras as he introduced his film "Capital" at a Friday afternoon screeing in East Hampton. Although the festival had little advance notice, they were able to put together a brief clip reel of the director's films such as "Z," "Missing," "Betrayed," "State of Siege," and "Amen" and interview him about his previous work and the current movie.