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2018 Hamptons International Film Festival

By Ruth Thomas - October 1, 2018

Thursday, October 4, 6:30 pm, Guild Hall
Thursday, October 4, 7:30 pm, East Hampton UA1
Saturday, October 6, 12:45 pm, Bay Street Theater
*OPENING NIGHT FILM
The Kindergarten Teacher
EAST COAST PREMIERE
Directed and written by Sara Colangelo
Based on Nadav Lapid’s 2014 Israeli drama, THE KINDERGARTEN TEACHER follows Lisa Spinelli (Maggie Gyllenhaal), a Staten Island teacher who accidentally discovers her young student’s prodigious gift for poetry. Desperately seeking her own creative recognition, Lisa’s fascination with the boy quickly unravels into an all-encompassing fixation. THE KINDERGARTEN TEACHER is an unpredictable morality tale about the precarious line between protection and obsession.
The Opening Night screening at Guild Hall will be preceded by the presentation of the Dick Cavett Artistic Champion Award to Alan Alda.
Friday, October 5, 3 pm, Bay Street Theater, A Conversation with Maggie Gyllenhaal, moderated by Alec Baldwin
Hamptons International Film Festival, www.hamptonsfilmfest.org

Friday, October 5, 5:15 pm, East Hampton UA1
*SPOTLIGHT
THE PUBLIC EAST COAST PREMIERE
Directed and written by Emilo Estevez
As library workers Stuart (Emilio Estevez) and Myra (Jena Malone) prepare to close for the day, a group of homeless patrons refuse to leave the building rather than find somewhere to sleep in the wintry night. Soon the scene outside becomes a carnival of riot gear-wearing officers and local news reporters, leading to a standoff. Aided by a supporting cast, including Jeffrey WrightMichael K. Williams, and Alec Baldwin, writer, director, and star Emilio Estevez presents his latest ode to the struggles of the disenfranchised.
Saturday, October 6, 3:30 pm, Bay Street Theater, A Conversation with Emilio Estevez, moderated by Alec Baldwin
Hamptons International Film Festival, www.hamptonsfilmfest.org

Saturday, October 6, 7:30 pm, Guild Hall
Sunday, October 7, 7:30 pm, Southampton SH1
*SATURDAY NIGHT CENTERPIECE FILM
FIRST MAN EAST COAST PREMIERE
Directed by Damien Chazelle
Written by Josh Singer
Academy Award®-winning director Damien Chazelle takes a riveting look at the eight years that defined the life of Neil Armstrong (Ryan Gosling), from his entrance in NASA’s astronaut program to his era-defining moon landing in 1969. Adapted from James R. Hansen’s biography by Academy Award®-winning screenwriter Josh Singer, Chazelle portrays the period with the same visceral intensity that drove the program to push humankind to previously unknown heights. FIRST MAN is an awe-inspiring look at the defining moment of the last century.
Sunday, October 7, 12:30 pm, Bay Street Theater, A Conversation with Damien Chazelle
Hamptons International Film Festival, www.hamptonsfilmfest.org

Sunday, October 7, 2 pm, Guild Hall
Monday, October 8, 3 pm, Southampton Arts Center
*SPOTLIGHT
A PRIVATE WAR EAST COAST PREMIERE
Directed by Matthew Heineman
Written by Arash Amel
In an industry defined by those willing to place themselves in the midst of tremendous danger, photojournalist Marie Colvin (Academy-Award® nominee Rosamund Pike) distinguished herself as one of the world’s most celebrated war correspondents. Acclaimed documentary filmmaker Matthew Heineman pays tribute to Colvin’s extraordinary life both on and off the battlefield. A PRIVATE WAR is a thrilling look at one individual’s devotion to bringing a voice to the voiceless.
Hamptons International Film Festival, www.hamptonsfilmfest.org

Monday, October 8, 7 pm, Guild Hall
*CLOSING NIGHT FILM
BOY ERASED EAST COAST PREMIERE
Directed and written by Joel Edgerton
As the son of a Baptist pastor growing up middle-class in the Arkansas suburbs, Jared (Academy Award® nominee Lucas Hedges) seems to be the model son of a loving family. Jared’s heavily conditioned image is shattered when a friend outs him to his community, leading his parents (Academy Award® winners Nicole Kidman and Russell Crowe) to send him to Refuge, a church program that aims to reinforce gender roles. Based on Garrard Conley’s memoir, director and co-star Joel Edgerton reveals the difficulty of retaining one’s sense of self in a circumstance that aims to erase it. Conley will be attending the screening.
Hamptons International Film Festival, www.hamptonsfilmfest.org

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