With one month until opening night, the Hamptons International Film Festival is proud to announce three key selections for the 21st edition (October 10-14). HIFF 2013 will open on Thursday, October 10, with John Krokidas’s feature debut, Kill Your Darlings, followed by Alexander Payne’s Nebraska as the Sunday Centerpiece film on October 13, with Steve McQueen’s 12 Years a Slave closing the festival on Monday, October 14. All three screenings will take place at Guild Hall of East Hampton.
“We are thrilled to welcome such gifted filmmaking artists and their equally incredible films as part of our 21st edition,” said HIFF Executive Director Anne Chaisson. “This will be a banner year in film, and we are privileged to share with our loyal audiences out East.”
Artistic Director David Nugent adds, “Each of these three films presents an insightful look at America, both contemporaneously and historically, as well as urban and rural. These artists have each made unique films that we are so proud to share with our audiences in the Hamptons.”
Opening Night: October 10, 2013
Dir. John Krokidas
(Expected in attendance: John Krokidas, Dane DeHaan)
Based on true events, director and co-writer John Krokidas recounts the pivotal year that changed Allen Ginsberg’s life forever, providing the spark for him to ignite his creative revolution. Starring Daniel Radcliffe, Dane DeHaan, Michael C. Hall, Elizabeth Olsen, Ben Foster, and Jack Huston.
Sony Pictures Classics will release Kill Your Darlings on October 16, 2013.
Sunday Centerpiece Film: October 13, 2013
Dir. Alexander Payne
Bruce Dern and Will Forte star in the latest film from Alexander Payne (Sideways, The Descendants). After receiving a sweepstakes letter in the mail, a cantankerous father (Dern) thinks he’s struck it rich, and wrangles his son (Forte) into taking a road trip to claim the fortune. Shot in black and white across four states, Nebraska tells the stories of family life in the heartland of America.
Paramount Vantage will release Nebraska on November 22, 2013.
Closing Night Film: Monday, October 14, 2013
Dir. Steve McQueen
After directing Hunger and Shame, Steve McQueen’s latest film is based on an incredible true story of one man’s fight for survival and freedom. In the pre-Civil War United States, Solomon Northup (Chiwetel Ejiofor), a free black man from upstate New York, is abducted and sold into slavery. Facing cruelty as well as unexpected kindnesses, Solomon struggles not only to stay alive, but to retain his dignity. In the twelfth year of his unforgettable odyssey, Solomon’s chance meeting with a Canadian abolitionist, played by Brad Pitt, forever alters his life.
FOX Searchlight Pictures will release 12 Years A Slave on October 18, 2013.