The Artist, a Weinstein Company release, will screen at Guild Hall in East Hampton on October 16th as the Closing Night Film of the 2011 Hamptons International Film Festival (HIFF)
The Artist is set in Hollywood 1927. George Valentin (Jean Dujardin) is a silent movie superstar. The advent of the talkies will sound the death knell for his career and see him fall into oblivion. For young extra Peppy Miller (Berenice Bejo), it seems the sky’s the limit – major movie stardom awaits. The Artist tells the story of their interlinked destinies. The Artist stars Jean Dujardin, winner of this year’s Cannes Film Festival 2011 Best Actor award on behalf of the film, along with Berenice Bejo, John Goodman, James Cromwell, Missi Pyle and Penelope Ann Miller. Film is penned, produced and directed by Michel Hazanavicius. The Weinstein Company plans a November 23, 2011 release.
Paramount Vantage’s Like Crazy will screen as this year’s Centerpiece Film in East Hampton on October 15th. A love story is both a physical and emotional tale, one that can be deeply personal and heartbreaking for an audience to experience. Director Drake Doremus’ film Like Crazy beautifully illustrates how your first real love is as thrilling and blissful as it is devastating. When a British college student (Felicity Jones) falls for her American classmate (Anton Yelchin) they embark on a passionate and life-changing journey only to be separated when she violates the terms of her visa. Like Crazy explores how a couple faces the real challenges of being together and of being apart. Winner of the Grand Jury Prize for Best Picture at the 2011 Sundance Film Festival and of the Special Jury Prize for Best Actress for Felicity Jones, Like Crazy depicts both the hopefulness and the heartbreak of love.
In addition, Anton Yelchin will be honored as one of this year’s Breakthrough Performers with additional honorees to be announced at a later date. The continued goal of the Breakthrough Performers Program is to highlight the work of up and coming young actors.
And finally, Lee Hirsch’s hard-hitting, revelatory documentary about bullying among American youth, The Bully Project, will receive the Brizzolara Family Foundation Award for a film of Conflict & Resolution. The Conflict & Resolution program has been a signature element of the Festival for 12 years, spotlighting films about the human realities of war and violence.
The 19th Annual Hamptons International Film Festival will take place this year from October 13th – 17th.