The Hamptons Film Festival said Wednesday that it has added Martin Scorseses The Irishman as its Friday Centerpiece Film this year. It will screen at the fest October 11 at Gould Hall, just two weeks after the Netflix pic starring Robert De Niro, Al Pacino and Joe Pesci has its world premiere at the New York Film Festival.
Also added to the fests Spotlight lineup today are four pics in the fall awards-season picture: from Terrence Malicks A Hidden Life, Taika Waititis Jojo Rabbit, Noah Baumbachs Marriage Story and Fernando Meirelles The Two Popes.
The Hamptons fest, which runs over Columbus Day weekend October 10-14, opens with Warner Bros Just Mercy, with Ford V Ferrari as its Saturday Centerpiece.
The festival also said today that Neons Cannes pic Portrait of a Lady on Fire has joined the World Cinema Narrative lineup, along with several others in the Narrative and Documentary competition sections.
Heres the list of new titles:
Director: Martin Scorsese
Robert De Niro, Al Pacino and Joe Pesci star in Martin Scorseses THE IRISHMAN, an epic saga of organized crime in post-war America told through the eyes of World War II veteran Frank Sheeran, a hustler and hitman who worked alongside some of the most notorious figures of the 20th century. Spanning decades, the film chronicles one of the greatest unsolved mysteries in American history, the disappearance of legendary union boss Jimmy Hoffa, and offers a monumental journey through the hidden corridors of organized crime: its inner workings, rivalries and connections to mainstream politics.
A HIDDEN LIFE
Director: Terrence Malick
At the dawn of the second World War, the Edenic life of peasant farmer Franz Jägerstätter (August Diehl) and his family is disrupted by the intrusion of violence and hatred developing throughout their Austrian countryside village. As their town becomes further immersed in the Third Reichs ideologies, Franz is called in for military training, where his refusal to swear allegiance to Hitler will force him into imprisonment and away from his family back home. Telling the true story of one of the many conscientious objectors who quietly pushed back against their countries advances toward extremism, filmmaker Terrence Malick (THE TREE OF LIFE, THE THIN RED LINE) returns to the vast canvas of his most celebrated work in this immensely powerful rumination on the call for a higher purpose in times of unimaginable turbulence.
Director: Taika Waititi
Growing up during the Second World War with his single mother (Scarlett Johansson), a young German boy spends his days idolizing his countrys tyrannical regime and taking comfort in the presence of his imaginary best-friend: Adolf Hitler (writer-director Taika Waititi). But the boys understanding of the world around him is rattled when he discovers a secret within his home. In Waititis outrageous “anti-hate satire,” the director weaponizes the irreverent, off-beat charms he previously lent to both independent comedies (WHAT WE DO IN THE SHADOWS) and blockbuster superhero epics (THOR: RAGNAROK) in a wonderfully unexpected new direction. JOJO RABBIT is a deeply funny and surprisingly touching depiction of our capacity for both hate and love.
Director: Noah Baumbach
MARRIAGE STORY is Academy Award nominated filmmaker Noah Baumbachs incisive and compassionate look at a marriage breaking up and a family staying together. The film stars Scarlett Johansson and Adam Driver, Laura Dern, Alan Alda and Ray Liotta co-star.
THE TWO POPES
East Coast Premiere
Director: Fernando Meirelles
From Fernando Meirelles, the Academy Award-nominated director of CITY OF GOD, and three-time Academy Award-nominated screenwriter Anthony McCarten, comes an intimate story of one of the most dramatic transitions of power in the last 2,000 years. Frustrated with the direction of the church, Cardinal Bergoglio (Jonathan Pryce) requests permission to retire in 2012 from Pope Benedict (Anthony Hopkins). Instead, facing scandal and self-doubt, the introspective Pope Benedict summons his harshest critic and future successor to Rome to reveal a secret that would shake the foundations of the Catholic Church. Behind Vatican walls, a struggle commences between both tradition and progress, guilt and forgiveness, as these two very different men confront elements from their pasts in order to find common ground and forge a future for a billion followers around the world.
WORLD CINEMA NARRATIVE
PORTRAIT OF A LADY ON FIRE
Director: Céline Sciamma
As the 18th century draws to a close, Marianne (Noémie Merlant), a young painter, is sent to an isolated island off the coast of Brittany to paint the wedding portrait of Héloise (Adèle Haenel), a young woman counting her last days of freedom before her arranged marriage to a man she has never met. As Marianne portrays herself as a companion to Héloise during the day and secretly paints the portrait meant to secure Héloises marriage at night, the two women slowly begin to find the tenderness in each other that their society has denied them. Visually rich and intellectually provocative, director Céline Sciammas Cannes Best Screenplay winner is a delicate and beautifully realized period piece.
Director: Mati Diop
Along the shores of Dakar, Senegal, Ada (Mama Sané), soon to be forced into an arranged marriage with a wealthy man, falls in love with construction worker Souleiman (Ibrahima Traoré). Looking for a better future and incapable of seeing a life with Ada, Souleiman boards a small vessel with his co-workers and attempts the perilous sail to Spain, where he soon disappears and is presumed dead. In her Cannes Grand Prix-winning debut feature, French-Senegalese actress and filmmaker Mati Diop translates the collective drama of sea departures into a dazzlingly beautiful ghost story of unfulfilled love and lives lost in the search for a better future.
THE BEST OF DORIEN B.
New York Premiere
Director: Anke Blonde
To almost everyone around her, the life of 37-year-old Dorien (Kim Snauwaert) seems to be picture perfect – with two children, a loving husband, and a thriving veterinary practice to her name. But just as the local press tell ominous news of a “black hole” on the horizon, Doriens life is hit with a series of devastating setbacks in the form of her own news of a recent affair, her parents breakup, and unexpected results from a trip to the hospital. A sympathetic portrait of a life in crisis, director Anke Blondés THE BEST OF DORIEN B. is a warmly funny and bittersweet look at one womans attempts to let go from the coping mechanisms that have defined her life for so long.
Director: Jan Ole Gerster
Waking up on the morning of both the most important piano concert of her sons career and her own 60th birthday, Lara (Corinna Harfouch) steps out of her living room window and contemplates jumping to her death. From this startling, unnerving beginning, director Jan-Ole Gerster creates a stunningly precise psychological portrait of a woman on the verge. As Lara prepares for her estranged sons concert, she attempts to forge connections with a varied group of friends, family, and acquaintances from her past and present. Anchored by Harfouchs masterful lead performance, Gersters second feature is a perfectly calibrated look at familial discord and attempts at redemption in contemporary Berlin.
THE VAST OF NIGHT
New York Premiere
Director: Andrew Patterson
With a summer night descending over 1950s New Mexico, the residents of a small town congregate for a high school basketball game. Amidst the action, the local radio DJs planned interviews with attendees are halted by the discovery of a strange frequency over the towns airwaves by a local switchboard operator, leading the pair on an investigation deep into the darkness of their sleepy hometown. Paying loving homage to THE TWILIGHT ZONE and early Spielberg in equal parts, Andrew Pattersons imaginative debut is a singular piece of original sci-fi, traveling through the unknown corners of our collective history.
A WHITE, WHITE DAY
Director: Hlynur Pálmason
Retired from his job as a local policeman and grieving the recent death of his wife, Ingimundur (an excellent Ingvar E. Sigurðsson) channels his quietly brewing grief into the renovation of a secluded house in the remote Icelandic community they called home. But while going through a box of his wifes old possessions, Ingimundur finds an unexpected memento that directs his detective instincts into increasingly unstable paranoia. With a tone perfectly matching its remote, isolated Icelandic setting, director Hlynur Pálmasons remarkably confident second feature is a spellbinding, oft-kilter tale of the obsessive ends of unconditional love.
Director: Alexander Nanau
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