Hamptons Announces Sixth Slate Offering 12 World Premieres;
Lineup Strong With Archival Screenings And Galas
by Mark Rabinowitz
The sixth annual Hamptons International Film Festival (running October 14 -
18, 1998 in East Hampton, NY), officially announced its lineup yesterday
during a press conference at the Stanhope Hotel in Manhattan, with a
slate featuring 100 features, docs and shorts, new sidebars and the promise
of added star power. In addition to the usual opening and closing night
galas, this year's event will feature three additional gala screenings, each
to be followed by parties. Opening the fest this year is the directorial
debut of screenwriter Richard LaGravanese ("The Fisher King," "The Horse
Whisperer"), "Living Out Loud." The film stars Danny DeVito, Holly
Hunter and Queen Latifah and Martin Donovan. Closing this year's
edition is the U.S. premiere of Benoit Jacquot's "L'Ecole de la Chair"
("The School of Flesh"), starring Isabelle Huppert. The lineup also features
12 world and 9 U.S. premiere features and shorts.
Sandwiched in between the Wednesday and Sunday night films are three
Spotlight Films, including the U.S. premiere of Carlos Saura's "Tango,"
with cinematography by Vittorio Storaro ("Apocalypse Now") and a score
by Lalo Schifrin ("Mission Impossible," "Cool Hand Luke"); Philip F.
Messina's "With Friends Like These," which stars Adam Arkin, Laura San
Giacomo, Elle McPherson and David Strathairn, and the U.S. premiere of
Mark Herman's "Little Voice," starring Jane Horrocks, Brenda Blethyn,
Ewan McGregor and Michael Caine.
The fest is also adding several new features, including a tribute
screening of Blake Edwards' "The Party," with Edwards and wife Julie
Andrews scheduled to attend the fest. In addition, several archival
films will be screened, with newly restored prints of Billy Wilder's
"Some Like it Hot," James Whale's "The Bride of Frankenstein" and
Richard Lester's "Help!"; along with showings of Charlie Chaplin's "City
Lights"; "Grey Gardens" by Albert Maysles, David Maysles, Ellen Hovde
and Muffie Meyer; Louis Malle's "My Dinner With Andre" (followed by a
discussion with stars Wallace Shawn and Andre Gregory); Lester's
"Petulia," and a collection of animated shorts inspired by jazz music.
Gone from this year's edition are the "3 X 3" presentations, and added
is "Four by Thor," a selection of four films by Icelandic director
Fridrik Thor Fridrikkson, including 1994's "Cold Fever."
Among the documentaries are three world premieres, including Aviva
Kempner's "The Life and Times of Hank Greenberg," a portrait of the
baseball slugger who hit 58 home runs in 1938 for the Detroit Tigers and
was the first Jewish baseball star; Marshall Dostal and Mark Littman's
"Red, White and Yellow," a story of competative hot dog eating, and
Gilbert, Gordon Quinn and Jerry Blumenthal's "Vietnam: A Long Time
Coming," about a group of American and Vietnamese veterans on a 1,200
mile bike tour.
Some of the other notable films in the lineup are LAIFF fave
"Cleopatra's Second Husband," by Jon Reiss; Adam Colmn Howard's Alan
Rickman and Polly Walker starrer, "Dark Harbor"; Cauleen Smith's
"Drylongso"; Tony Barbieri's Sundance screener, "One"; Eleanor E.
Gaver's "There's No Fish Food In Heaven," which stars Fairuza Balk, Noah
Taylor, Tea Leoni and James LeGros; Max Makowski's "The Pigeon Egg
Strategy," and Tony Gerber's "Side Streets."
The World Cinema section contains quite a few noteworthy entries,
including Katja von Garnier's upcoming Stratosphere release, "Bandits"
(Germany); Myles Berkowitz's "20 Dates"; Bill Condon's much anticipated
Lions Gate release "God's and Monsters" and the directorial debut from
"Bodies, Rest & Motion" writer, Roger Hedden, "Hi-Life," all from the
U.S.; Renos Haralambidis' "No Budget Story" from Greece; Ugo Giorgetti's
"Pros: Brazillian Football Revisited" ("Boleiros: Era Uma Vez O
Futebol"); Michael Steinberg's well regarded Sundance screener,
"Wicked," starring indie "It Girl" Julia Stiles from the U.S.; and Joan
Chen's directorial debut, "Xiu Xiu: The Sent-Down Girl" (U.S./China).
[The complete lineup is available at indieWIRE.com. Click here.]