‘NOW SHOWING’: First-Run Screening Series at Guild Hall

HIFF and Guild Hall are pleased to announce an exciting new series of screenings, titled NOW SHOWING, that will bring notable films currently in theaters to East Hampton. On select Saturday nights, the series, curated by HIFF, will feature acclaimed first-run art house, independent, and world cinema in Guild Hall’s John Drew Theater.

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NOW SHOWING kicks off on Saturday, December 16, with FACES PLACES, from the legendary filmmaker Agnés Varda. This documentary, an official selection of the Cannes and New York Film Festivals, takes audiences on a road trip with Varda and French photographer and muralist JR around the villages in France as they find portraits and the stories behind them. Ms. Varda recently received an honorary Oscar for her life’s work as a film director.

On Saturday, December 23, the series features the 2017 Cannes Palme d’Or winner, THE SQUARE, from director Ruben Östlund, about a Stockholm museum curator preparing for a new exhibition while experiencing a crisis of conscience. Shown at sold-out screenings during HIFF 2017, the film stars Claes Bang, Elisabeth Moss, Dominic West, and Terry Notary.

Saturday, December 30, brings LOVING VINCENT, the 2017 biographical and animated painted drama about the life and death of Vincent van Gogh. Each of the film’s 65,000 frames is an oil painting on canvas created by a team of 115 painters who use the same technique as the famed artist. Written and directed by Dorota Kobiela and Hugh Welchman.

“Our audience has asked us for years to continue to program films after the annual film festival, and we are thrilled to make this dream a reality,” said HIFF Executive Director Anne Chaisson. “We are kicking off this series with some of the most artistic and daring films of the year, which we know will equally challenge and delight.”

“We live in a film-savvy community, but many of the best new releases never make it to our theaters,” said Andrea Grover, Executive Director of Guild Hall. “We are thrilled to work with our longtime partners HIFF to fill this void.”

Past Screenings

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Director: Agnes Varda and JR
(France, 2016, 89 minutes)
Saturday, December 16 | 6pm
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89-year-old Agnes Varda, one of the leading figures of the French New Wave, and acclaimed 33-year-old French photographer and muralist JR teamed up to make this enchanting documentary/road movie. Kindred spirits, Varda and JR share a lifelong passion for images and how they are created, displayed, and shared. Together they travel around the villages of France in JR’s photo truck meeting locals, learning their stories, and producing epic-size portraits of them. The photos are prominently displayed on houses, barns, storefronts, and trains, revealing the humanity in their subjects and the viewers. FACES PLACES documents these heartwarming encounters, as well as the unlikely, tender friendship the pair formed along the way.



Director: Ruben Östlund
(Sweden, 2017, 142 minutes)
Saturday, December 23 | 6pm
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A precisely observed, thoroughly modern comedy of manners, Ruben Östlund’s Palme d’Or–winner revolves around Christian (Claes Bang), a well-heeled contemporary art curator at a Stockholm museum. While preparing his new exhibit—a four-by-four-meter zone designated as a “sanctuary of trust and caring”—Christian falls prey to a pickpocketing scam, which triggers an overzealous response, and then a crisis of conscience. Featuring several instant-classic scenes and a vivid supporting cast (Elisabeth Moss, Dominic West, and noted motion-capture actor Terry Notary), THE SQUARE is the most ambitious film yet by one of contemporary cinema’s most incisive social satirists and the rare movie to offer as many laughs as ideas.

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Directors: Dorota Kobiela, Hugh Welchman
(Poland/UK, 2017, 94 minutes)
Saturday, December 30 | 6pm
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“Hypnotic and beguiling…” A.O. Scott, The New York TimesLOVING VINCENT, the world’s first fully oil-painted feature film, brings the artwork of Vincent van Gogh to life in an exploration of the complicated life and controversial death of one of history’s most celebrated artists. More than six years in the making, with the help of 125 specially trained painters, LOVING VINCENT is a uniquely animated film composed of 65,000 painted frames. Drawn from meticulous research and inspired by van Gogh’s masterpieces, subjects, and 800 personal letters, LOVING VINCENT captures the world of van Gogh in a cinematic experience like no other.

Tickets for screenings are $15 for general admission and $12 for HIFF and Guild Hall members. HIFF members: purchase tickets online from Guild Hall and select ‘member price’ to receive your discount (your name will be checked against our member roster). Enjoy!

Additional screenings will be announced in coming weeks.