5 Top Picks for Final Day of Hamptons International Film Festival

"12 Years a Slave"
"12 Years a Slave"

The Hamptons International Film Festival comes to a close on Monday, but there are still plenty of great films to see, including the much-anticipated closing night film 12 Years a Slave.

1. 12 Years a Slave
Directed by Steve McQueen and scripted by John Ridley, 12 Years a Slave is based on a true story set during the pre-Civil War Era. A free black man in Upstate new York is kidnapped and sold into slavery.  Chiwetel Ejiofor plays the protagonist, Michael Fassbender is the cruel slave owner and Brad Pitt portrays an abolitionist. The film also includes Lupita Nyong’o, one of Variety‘s 10 Actors to Watch.

See the film at 7:15 p.m. at either Guild Hall or East Hampton Cinema. Tickets, which are still on sale, are $30.

2. Spotlight Film Burton & Taylor
HIFF’s Focus on U.K. Film presents a screen of BBC 4’s Burton & Taylor, a film about the tumultuous relationship between Richard Burton and Elizabeth Taylor. Directed by Richard Laxton, the film stars Helena Bonham Carter and Dominic West.

See it at 11 a.m. at Guild Hall.

3. Victor Young Perez

A flyweight Tunisian Jewish boxer who moved with his brother/coach to Paris to become the youngest world champion in history is captured by Nazis and forced to box Aryans for the Nazis’  amusement in Victor Young Perez, based on a true story.
French filmmaker Jacques Ouaniche, who co-wrote the screenplay with Yoni Darmon, directs.

See the film at 1:30 p.m. at Guild Hall.

 4. Spotlight Film Free Ride

Anna Paquin, of True Blood and the X-Men film franchise, stars in Free Ride, set in the 1970s. In Shana Betz‘s directorial debut, Paquin as a single mother who gets caught up in the drug trade after relocating to daughters to search for a better life.

See Free Ride at 2:15 p.m. at Bay Street Theatre in Sag Harbor.

"Free Ride"
“Free Ride”

 5. Centerpiece Film Nebraska
Bruce Stern and Saturday Night Live alumnus Will Forte star in Nebraska, a film about a cantankerous father who drags his son across the heartland to claim a sweepstakes prize. The film is directed by Alexander Payne and written by Bob Nelson.

See Nebraska at 2:15 p.m. at the East Hampton movie theater.

Bruce Dern stars in "Nebraska," and he will be the subject of "A Conversation With..." Sunday at Bay Street Theatre.
Bruce Dern stars in “Nebraska.”

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