Yes, we’ve been watching (a lot of) movies in preparation for the 22nd Annual Hamptons International Film Festival, set once again for Columbus Day weekend: October 9-13. And (drum roll, please), we’re proud to unveil our first round of selections!
Anchoring HIFF 2014 as this year’s Centerpiece film will be The Homesman, directed by esteemed filmmaker and actor Tommy Lee Jones. We’re delighted that the film’s star, Hilary Swank, will be in attendance for the East Coast premiere at HIFF 2014. Swank will also participate in the Festival’s signature program, “A Conversation With…”
“Beginning our 22nd annual film festival announcement with the highly acclaimed film from Tommy Lee Jones as our Centerpiece and having Hilary Swank be a part of our Signature program Conversation with… is the tip of what HIFF will showcase this year,” says Anne Chaisson, Executive Director of the Festival.
Directed by Tommy Lee Jones, The Homesman is based on the novel by Pulitzer Prize nominee Glendon Swarthout. When three women living on the edge of the American frontier are driven to the brink, the task of saving them from their surroundings falls to the pious, independent-minded Mary Bee Cuddy (Hilary Swank). Transporting the women by covered wagon to Iowa, she soon realizes just how daunting the journey will be, and employs a feisty low-life drifter, George Biggs (Jones), to join her.
The unlikely pair and the three women (Grace Gummer, Miranda Otto, Sonja Richter) head east, where a waiting minister and his wife (Meryl Streep) have offered to take the women in. But the group first must traverse the harsh Nebraska Territories, marked by stark beauty, psychological peril and constant threat.
The Hamptons International Film Festival greatly appreciates the support from their corporate sponsors, including Delta Airlines, Altour International, Silvercup Studios, A&E Indie Films, Corcoran, The Wall Street Journal, and WNBC New York.