New Additions to the 2012 Film Program

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In our 20th Festival year, we are celebrating with more films than ever! In fact, the Hamptons International Film Festival has just announced that eight additional feature films will screen at this year’s Festival from October 4-8, 2012. Check them out below, click through to read more, view trailers and buy tickets.

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QUARTET

10/8, 6pm, Guild Hall

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EVERYTHING OR NOTHING: THE UNTOLD STORY OF 007: An EPIX Original Documentary

10/5, 10:15pm, UA2

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CLOUD ATLAS

10/8, 8:30pm, Guild Hall

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KOCH
10/8, 3:30PM, UA1

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NO PLACE ON EARTH
10/6, 7:45PM, UA2

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ZEN OF BENNETT
10/4, 2PM, UA5

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DREAMING AMERICAN

Precedes CALL ME KUCHU
(2nd screening only)

10/8, 8PM, UA3

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KON TIKI
10/7, 9:15PM, UA1

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OUT OF THE CLEAR BLUE SKY
10/5, 3:30pm, Southampton Regal Cinema

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HIFF Reveals Opening, Closing and Centerpiece Films (#HIFF12)

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The 20th Hamptons International Film Festival (@HamptonsFilm, #HIFF12) is proud to announce that Love, Marilyn will have it’s U.S. Premiere as the Opening Night film at Guild Hall (@GuildHall) in East Hampton on Thursday, October 4th. Director Liz Garbus’ documentary feature is a startlingly intimate and revealing portrait of arguably the most famous female actor ever to grace the silver screen.

The Friday night Southampton opening is David O. Russell’s Silver Linings Playbook. After a court-ordered stint at a psychiatric facility, Pat Solitano (Bradley Cooper), who is bipolar, moves back in with his parents (Robert De Niro and Jackie Weaver) and tries to win back his estranged wife Nikki. Into his orbit flies Tiffany (Jennifer Lawrence), an equally volatile young widow who offers to help Pat get Nikki back…at a price. The film will be released by The Weinstein Company on November 21st.

Ben Affleck’s Argo will be the Centerpiece of the festival. Affleck directs and plays Tony Mendez, a CIA agent and “exfiltration” expert who devised a daring, unconventional plan to rescue six Americans hiding in the Canadian Embassy in Tehran during the 1979 Iran hostage crisis. Warner Brothers will release the film nationally on October 12th.

David Chase, the creator of The Sopranos, makes his feature film directorial debut with Paramount Vantage‘s Not Fade Away, which will close this year’s festival. The film is about a moment in time in the early 1960s when the Rolling Stones appear on television and three best friends from the suburbs of New Jersey decide to form a rock band. The film reunites Chase with Sopranos star James Gandolfini. Paramount Pictures will release the film on December 21st.

“These films, with their range of styles and risk-taking creative choices, represent the pinnacle of what the festival has endeavored to achieve for the last 20 years. The Oscar and Emmy recognition that each of these four filmmakers have already received is a testament to their vital creative force. I can’t wait to share their distinct visions with our audiences in the Hamptons,” says David Nugent, HIFF Director of Programming.

Behind the Scenes: ETHEL screening

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Last Friday the Hamptons International Film Festival (@HamptonsFilm) hosted a sold-out screening of ETHEL (@Ethel_Movie), a documentary about Ethel Skakel, wife and much more to the late Robert Kennedy, as the final film in our SummerDocs series. The film was directed by Rory Kennedy, Ethel’s daughter, and we were lucky to have both women in attendance. Others in attendance were Sarah Davis, Jean Kennedy Smith and her son Michael Kennedy Smith. After the film concluded, Alec Baldwin (@ABFalecbaldwin) hosted a Q & A with Rory where they discussed of all things, Ethel, and what a powerhouse of a woman she continues to be. The film does an incredible job of connecting the Kennedy’s personal stories with that of our American history. Remembering the past, living in the present, and looking forward to the future seemed to be the theme of the night and Ethel for one, said she still has a lot of living ahead of her.

Thank you everyone who came out and supported our 2012 SummerDocs series! We hope to see you again for the 20th edition of the Hamptons International Film Festival on Oct. 4-8.





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Interview: Rory Kennedy Speaks on "ETHEL", Her Mother & More

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The Hamptons International Film Festival is overjoyed to conclude its SummerDocs series with the wonderful documentary by Rory Kennedy about her mother called ETHEL (@Ethel_Movie).

Rory and Ethel Kennedy will both be in attendance this evening for the screening at Guild Hall. Movie at 8 pm, followed by a Q & A with Alec Baldwin (@ABFalecbaldwin).

After tackling controversial issues in your documentaries such as prisoner abuse, the AIDS epidemic, and border control, what made you turn inward and make a documentary about your mother?

Sheila Nevins at HBO approached me about doing a documentary about my mother and I was resistant at first, because it’s my mother—it’s personal. But I also felt that my mother has this amazing story and it would be a great opportunity to share this remarkable person with the rest of the world.

Your mother hasn’t given an interview in 30 years. What was her reaction when you proposed making a film about her?

I thought she would never do it. I figured I would just ask her and she would say no and I would tell HBO she said no. Then I asked my mother and she said yes!

Having grown up surrounded with your mother’s stories, how were you able to separate your role as a daughter from your role as a documentary filmmaker? What was your approach in making the film?

ETHEL is a “point of view” film, and it never pretends to be otherwise. I narrate the film and clearly communicate to the audience that this is a daughter’s film about her mother and family. I’m not pretending to make an “objective” film about Ethel Kennedy. I’m making a very personal film about my family. The film is a very honest reflection of my take on my family. My mother has had a long, full life — she’s 83 years old — but I’ve compressed those years to 100 minutes. So there is a lot of stuff that’s not in there. I’m sure the question will come up of why didn’t you cover this or that. Those questions are inevitable, but at the end of the day, I have to make edits and choices — the film is true to me.

What was your experience making the film, especially now that it’s complete. Working in a documentarian role, was there anything new you learned about your mother?

Making this film about my mother and having the chance to sit down with her and my siblings has been a rare privilege. How many of us have had the chance to sit down with our parents or siblings and ask him or her everything we’ve ever wanted to know? And thought it was hard at times, I will always be grateful for that experience.

So what did I learn that was new? Well, I didn’t know that my mother used to bet on horses on a regular basis when she was at college. Or that my father and siblings slid down the banister of the White House the day Jack and Jackie moved in and I didn’t know that our Seal, Sammy, ate fish but spit out the eyes…So there were a few new facts I picked up along the way. But the greatest gift was getting a deeper understanding of my mother – her faith in God, her crackling sense of humor and her inexhaustible drive. She is a one of a kind. I knew it going in, but have an even greater appreciation of her now.

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Hamptons Film Festival and Variety Present 10 Actors to Watch: Breakthrough Performers of 2012

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Now in it’s 11th year, the Breakthrough Performers of 2012 list honors the work of exciting young actors and presents their brilliant performances in films highlighted throughout the Festival. For our 20th Anniversary year, the Festival is excited to partner with Variety (@Variety) who is traveling to the Hamptons International Film Festival, where those on this prestigious list will take part in a number of activities, seminars and social events over the five-day festival. Several of this year’s awards winners are also starring in films appearing at the 2012 Hamptons International Film Festival. Without further adieu, the 2012 Hamptons International Film Festival 10 To Watch Breakthrough Performers are:

Adam Driver

Domhnall Gleeson

Bella Heathcote

Dree Hemingway (@dreelovechild)

Boyd Holbrook

Elyas M’Barek (@Elyas_MBarek)

Scoot McNairy

Nate Parker (@NateParker)

Imogen Poots

Alicia Vikander

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Behind the Scenes: Babette's Feast

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This past weekend, the Hamptons International Film Festival (@hamptonsfilm) and Film Society of Lincoln Center (@FilmLinc) hosted a 25th anniversary screening of the Academy Award winning Danish film, Babette’s Feast , in honor of the ongoing celebration of 50 years of The New York Film Festival. Keeping with the film’s culinary theme, the evening kicked off with a cocktail reception at The Maidstone and was concluded by a lively discussion with Bob Giraldi (co-owner, Jean Georges; director, Dinner Rush), Bob Spitz and Fern Berman (publicist, Julia Child), moderated by Geoffrey Drummond producer, My Dinner With Andre and Eric Ripert’s Avec Eric about the current state of “foodie films.” As moviegoers exited Guild Hall, they were treated to slices of truly mouthwatering vegan Carrot Cake, courtesy of East Hamptons restaurant Babette’s, which takes it’s name from the film.

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