The Hamptons International Film Festival has unveiled the first group of films set to screen at its 25th anniversary 2017 edition.
The U.S. premiere of Andy Serkis' directorial debut Breathe, starring Andrew Garfield and Claire Foy as an adventurous real-life couple who refuse to give up after one of them is struck with polio, will serve as the event's centerpiece screening. The fest will also feature screenings of six other films: Rob Reiner's LBJ, starring Woody Harrelson as the former president; Ruben Ostlund's Palme d'Or winner The Square, starring Elisabeth Moss and Dominic West; Ai Weiwei's migrant doc Human Flow; Alexandre Moors' Iraq War drama The Yellow Birds, starring Alden Ehrenreich, Tye Sheridan, Jennifer Aniston and Toni Collette; Vincent Gagliostro’s After Louie, starring Alan Cumming as a New York artist with survivor’s guilt in the years following the AIDS epidemic; and Atsuko Hirayanagi's Oh Lucy, based on her award-winning short film.
“Celebrating a quarter century of bringing international films and filmmakers to the East End, HIFF is thrilled to announce the unique and dynamic voices that will be presented for our anniversary edition,” HIFF executive director Anne Chaisson said Tuesday in a statement. “[HIFF artistic director] David [Nugent] and our programming team have worked tirelessly to select this year’s best.”
Added Nugent, “This first group of films display works that both explore the complexities of our world and some of the challenges we face, while also highlighting the resilience of the human spirit in facing such adversity."
Reiner, Collette and Cumming are set to attend the festival, with Reiner participating in the event's "A Conversation With…" discussion series.
HIFF will take place over Columbus Day weekend, from Oct. 5-9. More information about the fest is available here.
HIFF is only East Coast film festival to have screened the eventual best picture winner at the Oscars for the past seven years in a row.