Kenneth Lonergan’s MANCHESTER BY THE SEA will be the Saturday Centerpiece Film, and Mike Mills’ 20TH CENTURY WOMEN will be the Sunday Centerpiece Film of the 2016 Hamptons International Film Festival (HIFF). Both titles will play at Guild Hall in East Hampton. Katherine Dieckmann’s STRANGE WEATHER will be the Southampton Opening Night film on Friday, October 7.
Written and directed by Kenneth Lonergan, MANCHESTER BY THE SEA tells the story of Lee Chandler (Casey Affleck), who after the death of his older brother Joe is shocked that Joe has made him sole guardian of his teenage nephew Patrick. Taking leave of his job as a janitor in Boston, Lee reluctantly returns to Manchester-by-the-Sea, the fishing village where his workingclass family has lived for generations. There, he is forced to deal with a past that separated him from his wife, Randi (Michelle Williams), and the community where he was born and raised. The film also stars Kyle Chandler, Lucas Hedges and Kara Hayward; Hedges and Hayward are both on the 2016 Variety 10 Actors to Watch list and will be recognized at the festival. Amazon Studios and Roadside Attractions will release MANCHESTER BY THE SEA in limited theaters on November 18th. Kara Hayward will be in attendance at the festival.
20TH CENTURY WOMEN is a comedy-drama from writer and director Mike Mills, and tells the story of three women who explore love and freedom in Southern California during the late 1970s. The film stars Annette Bening, Greta Gerwig, Elle Fanning and Billy Crudup. Director Mike Mills will be in attendance at the festival and A24 will release 20TH CENTURY WOMEN in limited theaters on December 21.
Written & directed by Katherine Dieckmann, STRANGE WEATHER is a drama about a mother (Holly Hunter), who, in an effort to deal with the grief over the death of her son, travels the back roads of the deep south to settle a score. The film also stars Carrie Coon, Kim Coates and Glenne Headly. Holly Hunter will be in attendance at the festival.
The 24th annual Hamptons International Film Festival, which will be held over Columbus Day Weekend, October 6th – October 10th, 2016