Thursday, April 25, 2024

Hamptons Film Festival In Overdrive with Schedule of Hits with Kristen Stewart, Penelope Cruz, “French Dispatch,” “Cyrano,” Maggie Gyllenhaal Directing Debut


The Hamptons Film Festival announced their films this morning,and they are in super overdrive with hits. I’m impressed, they booked everything anyone would want to see for Columbus Day weekend.

HIFF has an exciting opening night film in Matthew Heinemann’s “The First Wave,” about hard hit New York hospital workers as COVID-19 attacked the city. The closing night film is Wes Anderson’s “The French Dispatch,” and the Centerpiece is Pablo Lorrain’s “Spencer,” starring Kristin Stewart as Princess Diana. Just those are colossal bookings for HIFF.

But then they’ve also got in their lineup Mike Mills’s “Cmon Cmon” with Joaquin Phoenix, Jane Campion’s “Power of the Dog,” Clifton Collins Jr in “Jockey” (I’ve seen it, and it’s terrific), Rebecca Hall’s “Passing” (excellent), Pedro Almodovar’s “Parallel Mothers” with Penelope Cruz in her Venice award winning performance, and Maggie Gyllenhaal’s directing debut inĀ  “Lost Daughter.”

There’s also every hot documentary and foreign film imaginable for this season. To do this festival right I will have to rent an RV and live in the East Hampton parking lot. Insane!

Plus everyone must be vaxxed and bring their cards. No fooling around.

You can read the whole thing here.


Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman began his Showbiz411 column in April 2009 after 10 years with Fox News, where he created the Fox411 column. His movie reviews are carried by Rotten Tomatoes, and he is a member of both the movie and TV branches of the Critics Choice Awards. His articles have appeared in dozens of publications over the years including New York Magazine, where he wrote the Intelligencer column in the mid 90s and covered the OJ Simpson trial, and Fox News (when it wasn't so crazy) where he covered Michael Jackson. He is also the writer and co-producer of "Only the Strong Survive," a selection of the Cannes, Sundance, and Telluride Film festivals, directed by DA Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus.

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