The Hamptons International Film Festival is freaking awesome this year. This weekend is going to be so much fun. Here are some key films to check out that are playing this weekend.
Award-winning filmmaker Noah Buschel turns his lens on the confines of a Brooklyn apartment in this charming and original love story. An agoraphobic former actress (Marin Ireland) has successfully shut herself off from the outside world, but when her toilet breaks, she is forced to open her door to Wes (Paul Sparks), a saxophone playing plumber, who is equal parts charismatic and disruptive to Ireland. The pair falls in love, but not without obstacles that threaten the new and tender relationship. Bringing nuance and humor to their roles, Ireland and Sparks anchor this winning film.
Shy Brian is a scholarship kid at a fancy Chicago prep school who lends out his beat-up van, the “Sin Bin,” to his classmates for their sexual exploits while he himself remains a virgin. One day he strikes a deal with Tony (the scene-stealing comedian Bo Burnham), a class kingpin who holds court in the handicap bathroom: in exchange for use of the van, Tony will help Brian with the ladies. With an affable nod to Wes Anderson and a stellar supporting cast, Billy Federighi’s first feature is a charming coming-of-age comedy sure to make you smile.
Thirty-five-year old Henrik and his girlfriend Tone still act like teenagers, pulling pranks and having impromptu dance parties in their new apartment, but the responsibilities of adulthood are finally beginning to loom. When Tone becomes serious about a new career, Henrik pulls in the opposite direction by partying with his hard drinking buddies and playing hooky from his job. Preoccupied by that familiar “Peter Pan” longing for perpetual adolescence, Henrik navigates his state of arrested development in increasingly oddball ways in this fresh and charming Norwegian comedy.
Directed by a September 11th family member, OUT OF THE CLEAR BLUE SKY tells twin stories: the saga of the ravaged business and surviving employees, and an insider’s take on the unusual community of families that formed in the aftermath. Financial firm Cantor Fitzgerald suffered not only the largest loss by a single entity during the attacks on September 11, it also created the largest single group of mourners, over 6,000 people bound by their horrific common experience. A true stranger-than-fiction account, from the jittery and stunned first days, a time unlike any other in American memory, then unfolding over months and years, the film captures what it’s like being caught in the crosshairs of history.
When her single mom runs off to California to become a make up artist to the stars, 13-year old and passionate environmentalist Lauduree clings to the rural home where a carbon sequestration experiment keeps her rooted. Her grandmother Greta, a caustic nurse, has other plans. Thrust together, the two women must learn to trust each other. Featuring outstanding performances by Lili Taylor, Amy Madigan, and newcomer Perla Haney-Jardine, FUTURE WEATHER is a compelling coming-of-age drama that explores the sorrow of saying goodbye to what we love.
For its nuanced treatment of environmentalism, FUTURE WEATHER is this year’s Alfred P. Sloan Foundation Feature Film Prize. Panel follows screening.