The 21st annual Hamptons International Film Festival kicks off this week with a new slate of movies, a new executive director and a new (later) closing night.
The five-day festival opens Thursday with the Daniel Radcliffe drama "Kill Your Darlings" and continues through Monday with more than 40 other narratives and documentaries, plus roughly 45 shorts. Helena Bonham Carter, Bruce Dern and Will Forte will appear onstage for live interviews over the weekend. Other actors and filmmakers expected to attend include David Duchovny, Renée Zellweger, Edgar Wright, Spike Jonze, Dane DeHaan (among the festival's annual group of 10 Actors to Watch) and Huntington's Ralph Macchio, whose film "Across Grace Alley" screens in the shorts program Connections.
Last year's festival marked the last for executive director Karen Arikian, replaced this year by Anne Chaisson, a former juror with a film production background. Her inaugural festival as director includes one major change: Closing night will be pushed to Monday, instead of the traditional Sunday. As always, moviegoers can play catch-up with repeat screenings on Monday, but that day now includes important events such as the Golden Starfish awards ceremony and two screenings of the closing night Oscar contender "12 Years a Slave."
"We're making a concentrated effort to say that we're a five-day festival," says Chaisson. "It's Oscar season, and we can't deny that we're placed in a really great spot."
Here are some highlights of the festival.
KILL YOUR DARLINGS (Thursday at 7 p.m., Guild Hall in East Hampton; 7:30 p.m. at UA East Hampton) The opening night film tells the true story of a murder in the Beat Generation. With Daniel Radcliffe as Allen Ginsberg.
BLUE IS THE WARMEST COLOR (Sunday at 1:45 p.m., UA East Hampton) The winner of Cannes' Palme d'Or is the story of a romance between two French girls. Contains explicit sexuality.
A CONVERSATION WITH ... HELENA BONHAM CARTER (Saturday at 2 p.m., Bay Street Theatre, Sag Harbor) The star will discuss her recent portrayal of Elizabeth Taylor in "Burton and Taylor," which screens at the festival.
LABOR DAY (Saturday at noon, Guild Hall; Sunday at 5:45 p.m., UA East Hampton) A reclusive woman and her young son take in a wounded man, only to learn he is an escaped convict. With Kate Winslet, Tobey Maguire and Josh Brolin. Written and directed by Jason Reitman ("Up in the Air").
THE MAID'S ROOM (Saturday at noon and Monday at 8:45p.m., UA Southampton) An immigrant maid living with an East Hampton family witnesses a horrible crime. Filmed in Bellport, hometown of writer-director Michael Walker.
AUGUST: OSAGE COUNTY (Saturday at 9:15 p.m. and Sunday at 9:30 p.m., Guild Hall.) Meryl Streep and Julia Roberts lead an ensemble cast in this adaptation of Tracy Letts' Pulitzer-winning play.
A CONVERSATION WITH ... BRUCE DERN (Sunday at 4 p.m., Bay Street Theatre, Sag Harbor) Dern, the star of Alexander Payne's "Nebraska," the festival's Sunday centerpiece film, will be joined by his co-star, Will Forte, for a live interview.
HER (Sunday at 6:30 p.m., Guild Hall) Joaquin Phoenix plays a man who falls in love with the voice of an advanced operating system. Written and directed by Spike Jonze.
12 YEARS A SLAVE (Monday at 7:15 p.m., Guild Hall; 7:45p.m. at UA East Hampton) The closing night film is the true story of a free black man (Chiwetel Ejiofor) kidnapped and sold into slavery in 1841.
WHEN | WHERE Thursday through Monday at venues around the East End.
INFO 212-279-4200, hamptonsfilmfest.org
ADMISSION $15-$30 per screening or $125-$1,500 festival pass; $10-$30 special events.