HIFF Announces Three Big Films For 21st Annual Festival


The opening, centerpiece and closing films have been announced for the 21st annual Hamptons International Film Festival.

“Kill Your Darlings” will be the opening night film, to be screened at Guild Hall in East Hampton on Thursday, October 10. The feature is based on true events during a pivotal year that changed Allen Ginsberg’s life forever and provided the spark for him to start his creative revolution.

Director and co-writer John Krokidas and actor Dane DeHaan will attend the premiere. The Sony Pictures Classics film will open in theaters October 16.

Alexander Payne’s “Nebraska,” starring Bruce Dern and Will Forte, will be the festival’s centerpiece film, screening at Guild Hall on Sunday, October 13.

The film focuses on a cantankerous father, played by Mr. Dern, who thinks he’s struck it rich, and his son, Mr. Forte, whom he wrangles into taking a road trip with him to claim the fortune. It will be released theatrically by Paramount Vantage on November 22.

“12 Years a Slave” will be the closing night film. It will be screened at Guild Hall on Monday, October 14.

Directed by Steve McQueen, the film is based on the true story of one man’s fight for survival and freedom after he is abducted and sold into slavery. The feature will be released by FOX Searchlight Pictures on October 18.

“We are thrilled to welcome such gifted filmmaking artists and their equally incredible films as part of our 21st edition. This will be a banner year in film and we are privileged to share with our loyal audiences out East,” said Executive Director Anne Chaisson.

“Each of these three films presents an insightful look at America, both contemporaneously and historically, as well as urban and rural. These artists have each made unique films that we are so proud to share with our audiences in the Hamptons,” said David Nugent, HIFF’s artistic director.

The 21st annual Hamptons International Film Festival will be held from October 10 through October 14. For more information, visit hamptonsfilmfest.org.

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