Hamptons Film Festival Adds Paolo Sorrentino's 'Youth' As Southampton Opening Night Film

The festival also revealed that it will screen Davis Guggenheim's 'He Named Me Malala' as part of its Conflict & Resolution program and announced the lineup for its Views From Long Island section.

The Hamptons Film Festival has announced that Paolo Sorrentino's Youth will serve as this year's Southampton Opening Night film on Friday, Oct. 9. This is different from the festival's overall opening night film, which was previously announced to be Robert Redford and Cate Blanchett's Dan Rather-scandal movie Truth, which will screen in East Hampton on Thursday, Oct. 8.

Youth explores the lifelong bond between two friends, a composer/conductor (Michael Caine) and a film director (Harvey Keitel), as they ponder retirement while on vacation in the Swiss Alps. Jane Fonda, Rachel Weisz and Paul Dano co-star in the film, which had its world premiere at this year's Cannes Film Festival and is set to get its East Coast premiere in the Hamptons. Fox Searchlight is set to release Youth on Dec. 4.

“We are looking forward to kicking off our Southampton screenings with Paolo Sorrentino's exquisite new film,” HIFF artistic director David Nugent said in a statement. “Youth is an emotionally rich and complex film, and its dynamic cast brings incredible depth to the story.”

The festival also announced the lineup for its Conflict & Resolution program, which includes Davis Gugggenheim's doc He Named Me Malala, and its Views From Long Island section, featuring Ron Davis' award-winning horse-jumping documentary Harry & Snowman.

The Conflict and Resolution program features films that deal with the issues and human drama around war and violence. That program also includes Abigail Disney's The Armor of Light, the world premiere of Nick Louvel and Michele Mitchell’s The Uncondemned, Dalibor Matanic’s The High Sun, Camilla Nielsson’s Democrats, Dee Hibbert-Jones and Nomi Talisman’s short film Last Day of Freedom, Yasir Kareem’s short film Kingdom of Garbage, Dress Code’s short film Plamen and Enric Ribes and Oriol Martínez's short film Take Me to the Moon.

The program, presented by the Tribeca Shortlist, will recognize one of the films in its series with a $5,000 cash prize from the Brizzolara Family Foundation and a post-screening panel discussion.

The Views From Long Island section, supported by the Suffolk County Film Commission, focuses on local films or ones about the issues facing Long Island communities. In addition to Harry & Snowman, that program will include the world premiere of Marc Levin’s The Class Divide, Alexandra Shiva’s How to Dance in Ohio, Robert EdwardsWhen I Live My Life Over Again and Pippa Bianco’s short film Picturing Barbara Kruger. A $3,000 Suffolk County Next Exposure grant will be awarded to one of the films in the Views From Long Island section.

“Our Views From Long Island program has constantly showcased the best in filmmaking from our Long Island community. We truly value our local and resident filmmakers, and it is a privilege to be able to celebrate their work at the festival,” HIFF executive director Anne Chaisson said in a statement. “The Conflict & Resolution program, now in its 16th year, supports such meaningful causes, and it is a pleasure to present this unique program to our audiences year after year.”

The 23rd annual Hamptons International Film Festival is set to run from Oct. 8-12.

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