The 2020 edition of the Hamptons International Film Festival will deliver on the expected wow factor thanks to a hybrid of virtual cinema and drive-in screenings with an impressive lineup of quality movies and documentaries the festival has come to be known for.
In addition to a robust film schedule, cinephiles can enjoy signature programs including Views From Long Island; Air, Land & Sea; and Compassion, Justice & Animal Rights. While festival opening and closing films tap into issues of racism and social justice with the world premiere of the documentary With Drawn Arms and closing night flick by Regina King’s titled One Night in Miami other films are of the lighter variety.
Ammonite premiered at the Toronto International Film Festival and is a 2020 romantic drama film written and directed by Francis Lee. The film is inspired by the life of British palaeontologist Mary Anning, played by Kate Winslet, and centers on a romantic relationship between Anning and Charlotte Murchison, played by Saoirse Ronan. Winslet will participate in the festival’s “A Conversation With…” series.
Wander Darkly, directed by Tara Miele who hails from Long Island, stars Siena Miller and Diego Luna as a couple who endure a tragic accident. Gently moving between the enigmatic and the romantic, Wander Darkly traverses genre borders, taking us on a journey that is both uncanny and emotionally resonant.
The Views From Long Island section will also include Michael Dweck and Gregory Kershaw’s The Truffle Hunters. With unprecedented access to the elusive truffle hunters, the filmmakers follow the truffles' delicious cycle from the forest floor to the pristine restaurant plate.
“We enthusiastically welcome Kate Winslet and Steven Yeun as a part of our ‘A Conversation With…’ series, whose beautiful performances in Ammonite and Minari are incredibly compelling and moving,” HIFF executive director Anne Chaisson told Variety. “Our programming team has once again pulled together the best in cinema from around the world. There is something for everyone to enjoy whether at home or at the drive-in.”