Saturday, June 15, 2024

Hamptons Film Festival Picks Up 4-Star Slate Starring Hugh Jackman, Olivia Colman, Harry Styles, Colin Farrell, Frances McDormand, More


The Hamptons Film Festival will celebrate its 30th anniversary by running over two weekends, a total of 10 days, for the first time ever. I’m impressed that they’ve picked up a four star slate of the best movies of the fall.

They include one of my favorite Toronto offerings, “Empire of Light,” from Sam Mendes starring Olivia Colman. They’ve got Hugh Jackman in “The Son,” Harry Styles in “My Policeman,” Colin Farrell in “The Banshees of Inisherin,” and a spectacular Netflix film called “The Swimmers” that is unaccountably not in the New York Film Festival and could be the “CODA” of 2022.

The list is sensational. The opening night film is the excellent “Living” starring Bill Nighy. The centerpiece films are Hugh Jackman in Florian Zeller’s “The Son,” and Sarah Polley’s “Women Talking.” Closing night is “Sr.” as in a film about the late director Robert Downey Sr. commissioned by his Iron Man, RD Jr.

I’m very excited to see Peter Hedges’ “The Same Storm,” plus Brendan Fraser in Darren Aronofsky’s “The Whale,” Laura Poitras’s Venice award winning film about the opioid epidemic, and “She Said” about the Harvey Weinstein investigation. There’s also the very hot “Decision to Leave” from Korean director Park Chan-Wook, and an eye opening documentary produced by Hillary and Chelsea Clinton called “In Her Hands,” about women during the fall of Kabul.

Plus, it’s the fall, it’s the Hamptons, ghe best place in the most wonderful time of the year.

There’s a lot more. Tickets and passes are on sale click here.

PS Visiting the Hamptons doesn’t have to be expensive. Check AirBnB for a lot of finds.

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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