‘St. Vincent’ and ‘Still Alice’ to Anchor HIFF 2014; Entire Slate Announced

The Hamptons International Film Festival (HIFF) is thrilled to announce the rest of the 2014 slate. After opening with St. Vincent on Thursday, October 9, the Festival will close with the US premiere of Still Alice on Monday, October 13, at Guild Hall in East Hampton. These two films will anchor a rich and robust lineup of films, conversations and programs scheduled for October 9-13. Other highlighted films announced today include BirdmanNightcrawler, and The Last 5 Years.

The entire HIFF 2014 Film Guide is available now for browsing, including the Spotlight and World Cinema sections, the latter of which is sponsored by Delta and Altour International. Individual tickets will go on sale online on Saturday, September 27, at 10:00 am. Multiple box office locations and hours are also available, and passes and packages are on sale now.


“We are really looking forward to opening our 22nd edition with Theodore Melfi’s charming St. Vincent, starring Bill Murray in a role he was born to play. Closing our Festival with the US premiere of Still Alice, featuring a mesmerizing performance from one of the great actors of our generation, Julianne Moore, is sure to be a moving end to five days of films from around the world,” said HIFF Artistic Director David Nugent.

Other programs announced today include the Rowdy Talks, our diverse Short Film programsA Focus on Chinese Cinema, and an addition to the A Conversation With… series, the luminous Patricia Clarkson, who also stars in the Spotlight film Learning to Drive. The narrative and documentary juries were also announced, and are listed on the Golden Starfish Awards page.

In addition, HIFF is excited to announce that it will present a special screening of Keep On Keepin’ On, as the film is the winner of the 2014 SummerDocs Audience Award, sponsored by Candescent Films. Additionally, the Festival will hold a special screening for the New York Premiere of Welcome to Soldier Ride at Montauk Movie, from which a percentage of the proceeds will be donated to The Wounded Warrior Project.

“David and his programming team have worked tirelessly to put together an intelligent, engaging, and entertaining line-up that appeals to all tastes and sensibilities,” said Anne Chaisson, Executive Director.  “Whether an early awards season contender, a unique and well directed intimate European narrative, or an eye opening and outraging documentary, our audiences are sure to see what is fresh and exciting in film today.”

As previously announced, Showtime Networks will be a lead sponsor for this year’s Views from Long Island section. Set against the beautiful backdrop of the eastern end of Long Island, the upcoming SHOWTIME® series The Affair explores two marriages and the emotional and psychological effects of the affair that disrupts them. Following an exclusive advanced screening of the pilot episode at the Festival, The Affair series creator Sarah Treem will participate in an intimate discussion with Vogue’s Director of Partnerships and Special Events, Brigid Walsh.

Browse the entire HIFF 2014 Film Guide.


St. Vincent

USA | Directed by Theodore Melfi
Maggie (Melissa McCarthy), a single mother, moves into a new home in Brooklyn with her 12-year-old son, Oliver (Jaeden Lieberher). Forced to work long hours, she has no choice but to leave Oliver in the care of their new neighbor, Vincent (Bill Murray), a retired curmudgeon with a penchant for alcohol and gambling. Together with Daka (Naomi Watts), a pregnant stripper, Vincent brings Oliver along on his daily routine: the race track, a strip club, and the local dive bar. An odd friendship soon blossoms between the improbable pair in Theodore Melfi’s charming comedy.

Still Alice

USA | US Premiere | Richard Glatzer and Wash Westmoreland
Alice Howland (Julianne Moore), happily married with three grown children, is a renowned linguistics professor who starts to forget words. When she receives a diagnosis of Early-Onset Alzheimer’s, Alice and her family find their bonds thoroughly tested. Her struggle to stay connected to who she once was is frightening, heartbreaking, and inspiring. Filmmakers Richard Glatzer and Wash Westmoreland (The Last of Robin HoodQuinceañera) treat Alice’s disease with great sensitivity and care, yet never reach for sentimentality or easy answers. Julianne Moore gives a great, moving performance, and is ably supported by a cast that includes Alec Baldwin and Kristen Stewart.

Passes and packages for HIFF 2014 are on sale now. Please join us on Columbus Day Weekend: October 9-13.

The 22nd Annual Hamptons International Film Festival, greatly appreciates the support from their corporate sponsors, including Delta Air Lines, Altour International, Silvercup Studios, Showtime Networks, A&E Indie Films, NYU Langone Medical Center, The c/o the Maidstone Hotel, The Wall Street Journal, and WNBC New York.