Friday at HIFF: Aaron Eckhart, STRANGE WEATHER & More

Well, last night was all that and more—we hope you enjoyed your first day of movies!

Friday is jam-packed with even more goodness, including A Conversation With Aaron Eckhart, Southampton Opening Night’s US Premiere of STRANGE WEATHER (with special guest Holly Hunter!), Conflict & Resolution winner DISTURBING THE PEACE, the world premiere of MARATHON: THE PATRIOTS DAY BOMBING, and our first Winick Talk of 2016. Read on, movie fans!

Browse today’s schedule here:

aaron-eckhart-400x500With numerous critically acclaimed credits in lead and supporting roles, Aaron Eckhart is positioned among the industry’s finest actors. You just saw him opposite Tom Hanks​ in SULLY​, and you may have tickets to see BLEED FOR THIS later today or tomorrow at HIFF 2016. Either way, you don’t want to miss today’s A Conversation With… talented, prolific and versatile actor Aaron Eckhart​.*

Bonus: See Variety honor him with their Creative Impact Award! Join us at Guild Hall today at 1pm. Find tickets.

bmw-logo-100-tallPresented by BMW USA​.


strange-weather-650Academy Award® winner Holly Hunter will be our special guest at tonight’s Opening Night in Southampton, the US Premiere of Katherine Dieckmann‘s STRANGE WEATHER. A portrait of an unconventional woman discovering what it takes to change your life mid-stream. STRANGE WEATHER is a lyrical, emotionally rich drama about how to be fully alive in the face of tragedy, about forgiveness, grace, redemption and the power of moving on.

If you don’t have tickets, the Rush Line is your best bet. Good luck!

gibson-dunn-100Southampton Opening Night is presented by Gibson Dunn.

Anne Chaisson, David Nugent, Ina Pira. HIFF/IFP Luncheon at Cannes 2016, celebrating women in film and honoring Melissa Mathison.MEET THE PROGRAMMERS
Winick Talks at Rowdy Hall
This morning at 10am, come and listen to Senior Programmer Ina Pira and Artistic Director David Nugent share insights about the process of programming the Festival. A behind-the-scenes look at all that goes into assembling the films and programs as well as advice on the best way to navigate the next four days!

Moderated by former HIFF Juror and East Hampton Star Editor-in-Chief David Rattray. Introduction from Executive Director Anne Chaisson. Free; no ticket required. Breakfast will be served!

Disturbing the Peace 650DISTURBING THE PEACE
Directed by Stephen Apkon, Andrew Young | East Coast Premiere

For 17 years, HIFF’s Conflict & Resolution section has featured important films with global perspectives. This year’s winning film follows a group of Israeli soldiers and Palestinian fighters who bravely transition from former enemies to peace activists. Their transformational journey is a testament to the courage necessary to challenge the status quo despite the resistance. Today’s screening includes a panel featuring subjects from the film and the director.

TODAY | 1:00pm | UA East Hampton
Encore screening (no panel) Sunday | 12:30 PM | UA Southampton

Supported by The Brizzolara Family Foundation.

conflict-and-resolution-shorts-2FILMS OF CONFLICT & RESOLUTION

Featuring three award-winning shorts with a global perspective, the Conflict & Resolution shorts program will expand your view of the world.

Runtime: 78 min

TODAY | 7:15pm | UA East Hampton

marathon-patriots-day-bombing-650MARATHON: THE PATRIOTS DAY BOMBING
Directed by Ricki Stern and Annie Sundberg | World Premiere

HIFF is proud to present this World Premiere documentary, which recounts the dramatic story of the 2013 terrorist attack at the Boston Marathon through the emotional experiences of individuals whose lives were forever impacted. Today’s special guests include the two directors and two of the survivors, whose stories in the film amaze and inspire.

TODAY | 5:30pm | UA East Hampton
Encore screening Saturday | 11:15am | UA East Hampton

ivory-game-650THE IVORY GAME
Compassion, Justice & Animal Rights | Directed by Kief Davidson, Richard Ladkani | New York Premiere
Bringing to light the dramatic and dire fate of the African elephant, THE IVORY GAME documents the efforts to stop the systematic slaughter that is driving the African elephant to extinction. For more than a year, the crew filmed in Africa and Asia with the help of conservationists, intelligence organizations, frontline rangers, and undercover activists trying to expose the institutionalized corruption that supports the illegal ivory trade.

TODAY | 5:30pm | Bay Street Theater
Encore MONDAY | 5pm | UA East Hampton

Directed by Andrew Becker and Daniel Mehrer | North American Premiere
“A poignant elegy for tragically lost opportunities… implicitly speaks to wider matters of international cultural frictions.”—The Hollywood Reporter. Set in a rural micro-community in northern Spain, this atmospheric debut is a true-crime documentary with a cultural twist.
TODAY | 2:45pm | UA East Hampton
Encore SUNDAY | 5pm | UA East Hampton

There are plenty of other films on deck today.
Browse the entire schedule here.
See you at the movies!