Sunday, May 19, 2024

Hamptons Film Fest Scores Bradley Cooper’s “Maestro” “Nyad,” “The Holdovers,” Paul Simon Doc, “Rustin,” and Ron Delsener Doc Among Others


The Hamptons Film Festival schedule is up, and it’s quite exciting.

The fest secured Bradley Cooper’s “Maestro” for closing night, plus a raft of heavy hitters including George C. Wolfe’s “Rustin,” Alex Gibney’s Paul Simon doc, and Jake Sumner’s great film about concert impresario Ron Delsener. A big attraction coming is Alexander Payne’s “The Holdovers” starring Paul Giamatti, which is so good there will be lines around the block!

Simon will turn up for a Q&A as well.

Netflix has a heavy hand in the proceedings. Along with “Rustin” and “Maestro,” they also have the opening night film, “Nyad,” plus Todd Haynes’ “May December” starring local actress Julianne Moore. They are all being touted for Best Picture nominations. “Nyad” is exceptional– well so is “Rustin.” (Haven’t seen the other two yet.)

I’m really excited to see “Orlando, My Political Biography,” directed by Paul B. Preciado, which tells stories of transition through unique reenactments and visual interpretations of Virginia Woolf’s “Orlando.” It’s my favorite of Woolf’s novels. Read it before the festival, it will blow your mind!

I’m also curious to see Frederick Wiseman’s “Menus-Plaisirs – Les Troigrois,” which centers on the day-to-night operations of the legendary French restaurant Troisgros, founded 93 years ago and currently being passed down to the 4th generation in a family of chefs.

There are lots of other activities including a tribute to “Past Lives” director Celine Song who will receive the 2023 Breakthrough Artist Award.

The festival runs from October 5th to the 12th. All the info is at

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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