This year’s 26th Hamptons International Film Festival will close with writer/director Joel Edgerton’s BOY ERASED at Guild Hall in East Hampton On Monday, October 8.
BOY ERASED examines a young boy’s experience when his parents send him to a healing refuge to cure his “homosexual” disease, starring Academy Award ® -nominated actor Lucas Hedges (MANCHESTER BY THE SEA), Academy Award® -winning actors Nicole Kidman and Russell Crowe, and Golden Globe ®-nominated actor Edgerton himself.
Based on the memoir by Garrard Conley, the film previously screened at the 2018 Telluride Film Festival and the 2018 Toronto International Film Festival.
“We are thrilled that BOY ERASED is our closing film. Garrard Conley’s bestselling autobiographical novel reveals the necessity of getting rid of programs whose mission is to change the identity of its subjects. Made with a stellar, acclaimed cast, the film is a great representation of book to film adaptations,” said Anne Chaisson, Executive Director of the Hamptons International Film Festival.
Closing Night Film
East Coast Premiere
Writer/Director: Joel Edgerton
As the son of a Baptist pastor growing up middle-class in the Arkansas suburbs, Jared (Academy Award® nominee Lucas Hedges) seems to be the model son of a loving family. Excelling in school and in a committed relationship, Jared’s heavily conditioned image is shattered when a friend outs him to his community, leading his parents (Academy Award® winners Nicole Kidman and Russell Crowe) to send him to Refuge, a church program that aims to reinforce gender roles and heal those with the “disease” of homosexuality. Based on Garrard Conley’s memoir of the same name, director and co-star Joel Edgerton delivers a refreshingly empathetic take on the difficulty of retaining a sense of one’s self in a circumstance that aims to erase it.