Hamptons Film Festival: Aaron Eckhart, Holly Hunter, Edward Norton Set for Talks

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The festival earlier this week revealed that it would host the first public East Coast screenings of buzzy awards hopefuls like 'Lion,' 'La La Land' and 'Bleed for This.'

Aaron Eckhart, Holly Hunter and Edward Norton will all participate in talks at this year's Hamptons Film Festival.

The sit-downs will be part of the festival's signature "A Conversation With …" program and take place at 1 p.m. on Friday, Oct. 7; Saturday, Oct. 8; and Sunday, Oct. 9, during the Columbus Day weekend event.

Eckhart stars as boxing trainer Kevin Rooney in the Miles Teller-starring awards hopeful Bleed for This, which is set to have its East Coast premiere at the festival. His conversation will take place on Oct. 7 ahead of the Bleed for This screening.

Hunter stars in Katherine Dieckmann's Strange Weather, which will serve as the festival's Southampton Opening Night film on Friday, Oct. 7. Her conversation will take place on Oct. 8.

Norton, who was previously announced as the recipient of the festival's career achievement award, will participate in the Oct. 9 talk.

“Our ‘A Conversation With …’ series has been a focal point of the Hamptons International Film Festival since its inception. These riveting conversations allow audiences a deeper look into the cinematic discussion of acting and filmmaking,” said HIFF executive director Anne Chaisson in a statement. “We are honored to have the talented Aaron Eckhart, Holly Hunter and Edward Norton at the festival this year to bring in-depth and intriguing discussions to our audience in the Hamptons.”

Earlier this week, the Hamptons Film Festival announced its Spotlight Films, World Cinema, Views from Long Island, Special Screenings and nine shorts programs. The Spotlight Films include the U.S. premieres of Lion and Burn Your Maps and East Coast premieres of Bleed for This, Christine, La La Land and Una. Additional screenings in the section include Julieta, Moonlight, The Ticket and Wakefield.

The World Cinema program includes the North American premieres of All the Beauty and The Teacher; U.S. premieres of Blue Jay, Goldstone, Original Bliss and The Red Turtle; East Coast premieres of Don't Call Me Son, Frantz, Halal Love (and Sex), The Handmaiden, Lost in Paris and The Salesman; and New York premiere of Lovesong. There will also be screenings of Donald Cried; I, Daniel Blake; Paterson; Toni Erdmann; and Under the Shadow. The World Cinema section will also include a number of documentary titles.

The Views from Long Island section will include the premiere of the first two episodes of A&E's new documentary series The Killing Season, followed by a discussion with the filmmakers. The show is set to premiere on A&E on Nov. 5.

The festival will also this year feature a sidebar showcasing films with a Norwegian tie. Special screenings slated for the festival include the documentary Betting on Zero and The Addams Family.

“Over Columbus Day weekend in a spectacular setting, we offer five full days of films for our impassioned audience, including dozens of premieres as well as the breakout hits and award winners from the Sundance, Berlin, Cannes, and Toronto Film Festivals. From the dazzling choreography of La La Land, the quiet beauty of Moonlight, to the belly laughs of Toni Erdmann, our audiences will see the films that are sure to be counted amongst the most celebrated films of the year,” said HIFF artistic director David Nugent in a statement.  “Additionally this year, we're thrilled to present a Focus on Norwegian Cinema, highlighting one of the most dynamic regions of film production in the world.”

HIFF previously announced that Kenneth Lonergan's Manchester by the Sea, starring Casey Affleck, will serve as its Saturday centerpiece film and Mike Mills' 20th Century Women will be the Sunday centerpiece film. The festival will open with Jeff Nichols' Loving and close with Ewan McGregor's American Pastoral.

Overall the 2016 lineup includes 68 features and 58 shorts representing 32 countries worldwide as well as eight world premieres, nine North American premieres, 20 U.S. premieres, 20 East Coast premieres and 23 New York premieres.

For the past six years, HIFF has been the only East Coast film festival to have screened the eventual best picture winner at the Oscars.

The 24th Hamptons Film Festival is set to take place from Oct. 6-10.