What's playing at this year's Hamptons International Film Festival
Several films with Long Island roots, from a locally made documentary to a major Hollywood feature, will share the spotlight at the upcoming 26th Hamptons International Film Festival.
Oscar-nominated actress Rosamund Pike will attend the festival to promote “A Private War,” in which she plays Marie Colvin, the foreign correspondent from Oyster Bay who was killed while covering the Syrian War in 2012. The festival’s annual Views From Long Island program will include “Black Mother,” an unorthodox documentary about the island of Jamaica from Patchogue-based filmmaker Khalik Allah. “The Last Race,” a look at the long-running Riverhead Raceway by Bellmore photographer-turned-director Michael Dweck, will compete in the documentary section. Even the Danish thriller “The Guilty” can claim a local connection: It recently won the Audience Choice award at the Stony Brook Film Festival. Meanwhile, actor-filmmaker Alan Alda, a Water Mill resident, will receive the Dick Cavett Artistic Champion Award.
As always, the festival includes several films that are shaping up as Oscar front-runners, including the Neil Armstrong biopic “First Man,” starring Ryan Gosling, and the road-trip period-piece “Green Book,” featuring Mahershala Ali and Viggo Mortensen. Below are several festival highlights:
THE KINDERGARTEN TEACHER (Thursday, Oct. 4, at 6:30 p.m. at Guild Hall, 158 Main St., East Hampton) A Staten Island teacher (Maggie Gyllenhaal) becomes fixed on a student with a gift for poetry. Opening Night Film.
A CONVERSATION WITH MAGGIE GYLLENHAAL (Friday, Oct. 5, at 3 p.m. at Bay Street Theatre, 1 Bay St., Sag Harbor) The star of the festival’s opening-night film -- as well as “Donnie Darko,” “The Dark Knight” and other titles -- sits for a live interview.
THE GUILTY (Friday at 3 p.m. at UA East Hampton Cinema 6) After an emergency dispatcher takes a disturbing call, he must solve the mystery using only his phone and his wits. Denmark’s official Oscar submission.
THE FAVOURITE (Friday at 8 p.m. at Guild Hall) A tale of court intrigue between Queen Anne (Olivia Colman), her adviser Lady Sarah (Rachel Weisz) and a threatening new arrival (Emma Stone). Friday Centerpiece Film.
BLACK MOTHER (Saturday, Oct. 6, at 6:30 p.m. at Southampton Arts Center, 25 Jobs Lane) The latest from Patchogue photographer-filmmaker Khalik Allah is a documentary about the island of Jamaica.
FIRST MAN (Saturday at 7:30 p.m. Guild Hall) Ryan Gosling and director Damien Chazelle, both of “La La Land,” re-team for this biopic of Neil Armstrong. Saturday Centerpiece Film.
GREEN BOOK (Saturday at 7:30 p.m. at UA East Hampton Cinema 6) A black musician (Mahershala Ali) and his white driver (Viggo Mortensen) take a tour through the Deep South in 1962. Peter Farrelly (“Dumb and Dumber”) directs.
A CONVERSATION WITH DAMIEN CHAZELLE (Sunday, Oct. 7, at 12:30 p.m. at Bay Street Theatre) The 33-year-old director of “Whiplash,” “La La Land” and the festival selection “First Man” sits for a live interview.
A PRIVATE WAR (Sunday at 2 p.m. at Guild Hall) Rosamund Pike, of “Gone Girl,” plays the Long Island-born war correspondent Marie Colvin. Co-starring Jamie Dornan and Stanley Tucci.
CAN YOU EVER FORGIVE ME? (Sunday at 5 p.m. at Guild Hall) Melissa McCarthy plays Lee Israel, an author turned literary forger, in Marie Heller’s drama. Sunday Centerpiece Film.
BOY ERASED (Monday, Oct. 8, at 7 p.m. at Guild Hall) In a religious Arkansas town, a gay teen (Lucas Hedges) is forced to attend conversion therapy. With Nicole Kidman, Russell Crowe and Joel Edgerton, who directs. Based on Garrard Conley’s memoir. Closing Night Film.
WHAT Hamptons International Film Festival
WHEN|WHERE Oct. 4-8 at venues around the East End.
TICKETS Most screenings and events are $15-$35. Passes are $150-$5,000.
INFO 631-825-0050, hamptonsfilmfest.org