Thursday at HIFF: TRUTH Headlines Opening Night

Finally, today’s the day we’ve all been waiting for! The 23rd Annual Hamptons International Film Festival kicks off tonight with TRUTH, James Vanderbilt‘s dramatic look into the CBS News controversy that ended Dan Rather’s career as the network’s anchorman. With Cate Blanchett in a searing performance as Rather’s producer Mary Mapes and Robert Redford playing the veteran newsman, TRUTH will definitely have audiences debating late into the night.

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Altour-150Opening Night is presented by Delta Air Lines and Altour International.

There may still be a few tickets left, but if not, our Rush Lines are just the ticket!

At any screening or event at #HIFF2015, you can queue up before the screenings—and we have the film showing on two screens, Guild Hall at 7:00 and Regal East Hampton UA at 7:30. About 5 minutes before showtime, after an in-theater headcount, we will accommodate as many viewers from the Rush Lines as possible. Good luck!

If Rush Lines aren’t your cup of tea, there are still plenty of tickets available for screenings all day long, including international gems, Competition films and more!

High-Sun-650THE HIGH SUN

The inter-ethnic wars that tore Yugoslavia apart loom large in the background of Dalibor Matanić’s latest film, winner of the Un Certain Regard Jury Prize at Cannes and Croatia’s submission for the Oscars®. The tumult of the conflict seeps through and disrupts the lives of three young couples in stories that mirror the turmoil and healing process of a nation at war with itself. The tryptic spans decades. With superb performances by Tihana Lazovic and Goran Markovic, THE HIGH SUN illuminates the tenacity of love across hatred and ethnic divides. Screening in Films of Conflict & Resolution2:00 pm | Regal East Hampton UA | Tickets 

All-About-Them-650ALL ABOUT THEM

Charlotte (Sophie Verbeeck) and Micha (Félix Moati) are drifting away from each other and into the arms of Mélodie (Anaïs Demoustier), a young ambitious lawyer. Unaware that the other is having an affair with the same woman, their charade snowballs into a complicated mess of lies and lust, forcing each to reevaluate their relationship. Mélodie, on the other hand, is falling in love with both of them and finding it hard to juggle her romantic entanglements with work. Director Jérôme Bonnell’s ALL ABOUT THEM is a thoughtful rumination on the nature of relationships, carried by strong performances, humor, and passion. 2:45 pm | Regal East Hampton UA | Tickets


Having lost his daughter in a tragic accident, Thomas (Matt Nable) withdraws from city life and takes on a new identity as a logger in the town where the accident took place, working side by side with the man who was responsible for his daughter’s death. Marden Dean’s breathtaking cinematography captures the lush, foreboding Victorian Alps and gracefully guides the viewer between two painfully divisive worlds. A tonal achievement, it’s hard to believe that this contemplative, image-driven drama is Australian filmmaker Kasimir Burgess’s feature debut. 4:00 pm | Regal East Hampton UA | Tickets

The-Visit-650THE VISIT

Michael Madsen’s engrossing new documentary imagines an event that has yet to happen—an alien invasion on Earth. Leading us on a captivating journey through surreal, dream-like tableaus intercut with interviews with scientists from NASA, SETI (Search For Extraterrestrial Life Institute) and experts from the UN, THE VISIT takes an imagined encounter and stimulates the implications and the potential response from humankind. With questions such as “What makes you happy?” and “Why are you here?,” Madsen constructs an unsettling scenario that forces us to reconfigure our insular mentality and reflect on humanity. Screening in the HIFF Documentary Competition4:30 pm | Regal East Hampton UA | Tickets


More than two decades after president Robert Mugabe’s corrupt dictatorship began, international pressure forced Zimbabwe to assemble a bipartisan committee to begin writing the country’s first democratic constitution. Director Camilla Nielsson traces the arduous process of negotiations led by two rivals appointed to head the committee as they compete and debate the democratic process. At times dramatic and often comical, DEMOCRATS balances the clash of personalities with intimate moments of honesty and respect. Screening in the HIFF Documentary Competition4:45 pm | Regal East Hampton UA | Tickets

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