Tommy Lee Jones' 'The Homesman' Gets Centerpiece Premiere at Hamptons Film Festival

9:02 AM PST 08/26/2014 by Hilary Lewis
Courtesy of Festival de Cannes
'The Homesman'

Star Hilary Swank also will participate in a talk at the October event

The Tommy Lee Jones-directed frontier film The Homesman will be the centerpiece pic at this year's Hamptons International Film Festival, it was announced Tuesday.

The Hamptons screening will mark the East Coast premiere for the title, which debuted at Cannes.

The Homesman is based on the novel by Pulitzer Prize-nominee Glendon Swarthout about three women living on the edge of the American frontier who are pushed to the brink and saved by Hilary Swank's Mary Bee Cuddy, who transports them by covered wagon to Iowa, where a waiting minister and his wife (Meryl Streep) have offered to take the women in. But they have a treacherous journey over the Nebraska Territories to get there. Jones also stars as the feisty low-life drifter, George Biggs. Streep's daughter, Grace Gummer, and Miranda Otto and Sonja Richter round out the cast.

Saban Films, which acquired The Homesman out of Cannes, is set to release it in the U.S. with Roadside Attractions on Nov. 14.

Swank will be on hand for the film's Hamptons premiere and participate in the festival's signature talk, "A Conversation With…"

"Beginning our 22nd annual film festival announcement with the highly acclaimed film from Tommy Lee Jones as our centerpiece and having Hilary Swank be a part of our signature program 'Conversation With…' is the tip of what HIFF will showcase this year," Hamptons Film Festival executive director Anne Chaisson said in a statement.

The festival also announced that Bob Balaban will serve as this year's honorary chairman and revealed the first three films screening in its Showtime-sponsored Views from Long Island section, which focuses on local filmmakers and films with geographic ties to the Hamptons. This year's films include Gabriel, directed by Lou Howe and starring Rory Culkin, and Diplomacy, directed by German filmmaker Volker Schlondorff.

The short film Weenie is also set to premiere at the festival.

This year's Hamptons International Film Festival is scheduled to run from Oct. 9-13.

Aug. 29, 3:11 p.m. An earlier version of this story incorrectly suggested that Roadside Attractions and Saban Films acquired The Homesman out of Cannes. THR regrets the error.

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