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Bill Nighy and Aimee Lou Wood in Living directed by Oliver Hermanus
Bill Nighy and Aimee Lou Wood in Living directed by Oliver Hermanus [credit: Ross Ferguson]

Oliver Hermanus’ Living will open the 30th Hamptons International Film Festival, with The Son, directed by Florian Zeller as Centerpiece film, and The Banshees of Inisherin, directed by Martin McDonagh as Spotlight selection. McDonagh is set to attend with his film and participate in an “A Conversation With…” discussion as part of the festival program.

The 30th anniversary edition of the Hamptons International Film Festival which runs as expanded 10-day event from October 7-16, 2022 will also honor actress Stephanie Hsu, star of this year’s Everything Everywhere All at Once with the 2022 Hamptons International Film Festival Breakthrough Artist Award.

The Hamptons International Film Festival will open on October 7th with the East Coast Premiere of Oliver Hermanus’ Living starring Bill Nighy, Aimee Lou Wood, Alex Sharp, and Tom Burke. The film follows a story of an ordinary man, reduced by years of oppressive office routine to a shadow existence, who at the eleventh hour makes a supreme effort to turn his dull life into something wonderful, and .

The festival will host the the East Coast Premiere of Florian Zeller’s The Son starring Hugh Jackman, Laura Dern, Vanessa Kirby, Zen McGrath, and Anthony Hopkins as a Centerpiece screening. The feature drama tells the story of a family as it falls apart and tries to come back together again,

On Sunday, October 9th, the festival will also host an “A Conversation With…” discussion with Academy Award-winning director, producer, playwright, and screenwriter Martin McDonagh. McDonagh’s upcoming film The Banshees of Inisherin starring Colin Farrell, Brendan Gleeson, Kerry Condon, and Barry Keoghan will screen as a Spotlight feature. The film follows two lifelong friends who find themselves at an impasse when one abruptly ends their relationship, with alarming consequences for both of them. McDonagh also wrote and directed In Bruges (2008), Seven Psychopaths (2012), and Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri (2017).

The festival will honor Stephanie Hsu with the 2022 Breakthrough Artist Award. Hsu is known for her breakout performance in A24’s Everything Everywhere All at Once, as well as her role as Mei in “The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel,” for which Hsu and the cast were awarded the 2020 Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Comedy Series. Previous recipients of the Hamptons International Film Festival Breakthrough Artist Award include Emily Blunt, Brie Larson, Adam Driver, Jessica Chastain, Mahershala Ali, Riz Ahmed, Alicia Vikander, Lupita Nyong’o, Emma Stone, Elisabeth Moss, Rooney Mara, Oscar Isaac, Aldis Hodge, and Lulu Wang.

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