The Hamptons International Film Festival is in full swing by Saturday. Watch the exciting Spotlight films, award contenders and premieres, enjoy East Hampton Village, and sit in for some of HIFF’s biggest attractions and red carpet moments. Drop by the first of the popular “A Conversation With…” series and honor top industry talent, along with up-and-comers. Here are five picks for how to spend your Saturday at the festival.
1.Variety’s 10 Actors to Watch Panel
Join this year’s breakthrough performers for a lively discussion about what it takes to make it as a young actor in today’s film industry. The actors will share stories about their work and experiences in a casual and intimate setting. Now in its 16th year, Variety’s 10 Actors to Watch list has a long track record of identifying talent early, having spotlighted Jean Dujardin, Jennifer Lawrence, Melissa Leo and Christoph Waltz before they went on to win their Oscars — and many others who’ve been nominated or gone on to land high-profile roles. Discussion will be moderated by Steven Gaydos, Executive Editor, Variety.
Enjoy this talk at 10 a.m. in the First Presbyterian Church Session House (120 Main Street), East Hampton.
2. Breathe In
HIFF Spotlight film Breathe In screens on Saturday. As summer turns to fall, music teacher Keith (Guy Pearce) privately reminisces about his days as a starving artist in the city. When his wife Megan (Amy Ryan) and his daughter decide the family should host foreign exchange student Sophie (Felicity Jones), the British high school senior soon rekindles an impetuous aspect of Keith’s personality. Director Drake Doremus, last seen at HIFF with his stunning young adult coming-of-age film LIKE CRAZY (also starring Jones), penetrates the family’s dysfunction and Keith’s mid-life crisis with a sensistive eye for detail.
Showtime is 1:45 p.m. at UA5 at East Hampton CinemaGuild Hall (158 Main Street) in East Hampton. Trailer below.
3. A Conversation With… Helena Bonham Carter at Bay Street Theatre
Academy Award-nominated actress Helena Bonham Carter sits down for a chat in Sag Harbor. The star of favorites Fight Club, Les Miserables, Wings of the Dove and The King’s Speech is attending HIFF on behalf of the BBC America biopic Burton and Taylor, directed by Richard Laxton, which will premiere in the festival’s Focus on UK Film section. Part of HIFF’s popular “A Conversation With…” series.
See it from 2–3 p.m. at Bay Street Theatre (1 Bay Street) in Sag Harbor.
4. A Tribute to Working Title Films
In partnership with the British Academy of Film and Television Arts (BAFTA), New York, and as as part of HIFF’s “Focus on UK Film,” Tim Bevan and Eric Fellner—co-chairs of British production company Working Title Films—will be awarded the Golden Starfish Award for Lifetime Achievement. BAFTA and Academy Award-winner Renée Zellweger will introduce the honorees at a special tribute ceremony. UK directors Richard Curtis (About Time, Love, Actually) and Edgar Wright (Shaun of the Dead, World’s End) will join Zellweger and the three will join Bevan and Fellner in conversation for an insider’s view of Working Title Films.
The festivities begin at 4 p.m. at Guild Hall (158 Main Street) in East Hampton. Red carpet at 3:45 p.m.
5. Golden Starfish Awards Shorts
These contenders for HIFF’s best short film showcase tomorrow’s famous directors today. Watch a variety of voices in what is perhaps independent film’s truest form. The festival’s Golden Starfish Awards, HIFF’s sole competition section, also honors emerging filmmakers’ work in narrative features and documentary features.
See it at 6:30 p.m. at UA4 East Hampton Cinema today.
Be sure to always arrive at least 15 minutes early to a screening. Event admission require passes or tickets. Visit hamptonsfilmfest.org to check availability and purchase tickets, or visit a box office