Richard J. Lewis’ “Barney’s Version” and Tom Hooper’s “The King’s Speech” will open this year’s Hamptons International Film Festival and Darren Aronofsky’s “Black Swan” will close the event next month. Organizers added that “Version,” just acquired by Sony Classics, will formally open the fest on October 7th and that Hooper’s “Speech” will kick-off the event in Southampton the following night.
The centerpiece film for this year’s festival is John Madden’s “The Debt.”
In other festival news, the festival will present the U.S. premiere of Julian Schnabel’s “Miral” and both Isabella Rossellini and James Franco will attend the event to participate in the event’s “A Conversation With…” series. Stanley Tucci will receive an outstanding acting award from the festival and is on board as the Mentor for the festival’s Breakthrough Performers program.
As previously announced, Ben Barenholtz will receive this year’s Hamptons/indieWIRE Industry Toast.
Based on the Mordecai Richler novel, “Barney’s Version” stars Paul Giammati, Dustin Hoffman, Minnie Driver, Rosamund Pike, Bruce Greenwood and Rachelle Lefevre and will have its U.S. premiere at the Hamptons festival. Meanwhile, “The King’s Speech,” starring Colin Firth and Geoffrey Rush (which will open the event in Southampton), is fresh from its debut at the Telluride Film Festival and Darren Aronofsky’s “Black Swan” has just screened in Venice and Telluride.
The festival runs October 7 – 11 on the East End of Long Island, NY.