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Franco, Schnabel, Rossellini and Tucci Round Out Hamptons “Conversation” Series

Franco, Schnabel, Rossellini and Tucci Round Out Hamptons "Conversation" Series

James Franco, Julian Schnabel and Isabella Rossellini are among the talent announced for this year’s Hamptons International Film Festival “Conversation With…” series. The festival runs from October 7 to October 11.

In addition to taking part in the series, Rossellini will exhibit new episodes of her Sundance Channel short nature series, “Seduce Me,” which is a follow up to her previous series, “Green Porno;” Schnabel will be in attendance for the U.S. premiere of his new film “Miral;” and Franco will be in town to promote Danny Boyle’s “127 Hours,” and attend the East Coast premiere of his own short film “The Clerk’s Tale.”

Stanley Tucci, also slated to speak in the series, will serve as this year’s Mentor for the Hamptons’ signature Breakthrough Performers Program, a collaboration with the European Film Promotion’s Shooting Stars initiative, which highlights the work of up and coming young actors. During his “Conversations With…” segment, Tucci will be recognized by the festival with an Outstanding Achievement in Acting Award.

“Our ‘Conversation With..’ series will be one of the hot tickets of the festival again this year,” Director of Programming David Nugent said. “To be able to sit back and listen to such distinguished guests as Schnabel, Franco, Tucci and Rossellini discuss their crafts is one of the things that really make our festival special.”

The festival also released the lineup of shorts films in competition for The Golden Starfish Awards. The winner will be announced at an awards ceremony on October 10, and will be awarded with $1,000 in cash and will qualify for consideration at the 2010 Academy Awards.

“We are excited to present such a great collection of short films from both emerging filmmakers, and distinct voices such as Neil LaBute, Cynthia Wade and Bill Plympton,” said Short’s Programmer Cullen Gallagher.

Visit page two for the full list of shorts in line for the prize.

Synopses provided by Hamptons International Film Festival

THE CLERK’S TALE
– East Coast Premiere
Director: James Franco
Acclaimed actor and artist James Franco directs this psychological thriller about a sales clerk. Based on a poem by Spencer Reece.

CLEAN – East Coast Premiere
Director: Isold Uggadottir
A woman who works as a dance instructor struggles to keep her drug habit under control. Directed by Hamptons alum Isold Uggadottir (COMMITTED).

BARKING ISLAND (“Chienne d’histoire”) – East Coast Premiere
Director: Serge Avedikian
A haunting political allegory set in 1910 Constantinople, BARKING ISLAND was awarded the Palme d’Or for Best Short Film at this year’s Cannes Film Festival.

RACHEL – East Coast Premiere
Director: Leonardo Guerra Seragnoli
Hamptons alum Jena Malone (THE MESSENGER) stars as a young woman who encounters unforeseen trouble as she travels to enlist in the military.

NEW MEDIA – New York Premiere
Director: J.J. Adler
Morris, a wealthy and unsatisfied middle-aged man, tries to make his mark on the world by creating his own “viral video.”

FLAT LOVE
Director: Andres Sanz
Internationally acclaimed actor Isabella Rossellini narrates this visually stunning story about one man’s complicated love affair with a woman who only exists in a 2D world.

CANARY – North American Premiere
Director: Oli Hudson
A young man will stop at nothing to achieve his dream: to hold the world’s record for holding one’s breath under water.

AND YOU? (“Et toi?”)
Directors: Meliane Marcaggi and Jean Marc Peyrefitte
L’amour fou! She loves him, and he loves her — right? A comical fable about how love can sometimes drives us crazy.

GAYBY
Director: Jonathan Lisecki
A gay man and a straight woman discover that biological reproduction isn’t as simple as it seems.

SEXTING – US Premiere
Director: Neil LaBute
Neil LaBute directs Julia Stiles in this story of woman who is fed up withf her relationship with a married man and decides to meet his wife for lunch.

THE DINNER PARTY
Director Peter Glanz proves himself the heir to Woody Allen in this wry look at a dinner party amongst New York City’s cultural elite.

THE COW WHO WANTED TO BE A HAMBURGER
Director: Bill Plympton
The latest from celebrated and beloved animator Bill Plympton is about the strange and deluded desire of a young cow who really, really wants to be a burger.

OFF SEASON
Director: Jonathan van Tulleken
In the dead of winter, a thief and his dog cross a frozen lake to burgle abandoned cottages. One day, he finds something more horrific than he ever imagined.

ECHO
Director: Magnus Von Horn
A stark, atmospheric thriller about two Polish youths who are taken to the scene of their crime and forced to walk the officers through their grisly actions.

THE GREY COAT
Director: Bob Giraldi
Bob Giraldi directs this story of a New York City police officer caught between his corrupt partner, his job, and the Korean community where he lives.

WHERE ARE YOU GOING? WHERE HAVE YOU BEEN? – World Premiere
Director: Alexa Barrett
Alexa Barrett brings to life Joyce Carol Oates’ celebrated short story of a young woman whose burgeoning sexuality is corrupted by a manipulative, terrorizing stranger.

MISTER GREEN
Director: Greg Pak
In a dystopic future, global warming has advanced to an alarming degree. Politicians have failed to get things under control, so a small group of eco-terrorists take action.

TUSSILAGO
Director: Jonas Odell
An animated documentary based on interviews with a young woman who fell in love with a political radical and soon found herself part of a West German terrorist organization in the 1970s.

WITHOUT BREATH (“Ohne Atem”)
Director: Fabio Stoll
Do you have what it takes to hold your breath underwater for several minutes with Nik Lander?

THEY ARE GIANTS (“Ellos son Gigantes”)
Director: Koert Davidse
An endearing portrait of Guus Thurkow and his lovingly handcrafted library, The Bibliotheca Thurkowiana Minor, comprised entirely of miniature editions of literary classics.

PLANK
Director: Billy Pols
A cross-cultural story of Nassim Guammaz, a Morroccan teenager who embraces the art of skateboarding and begins touring the world with his talents.

BORN SWEET
Director: Cynthia Wade
A 15-year-old boy in rural Cambodia with arsenic poisoning dreams of becoming a karaoke star. A social issue story with heart directed by Academy Award-winner Cynthia Wade (FREEHELD).

OUT HERE IN THE FIELDS: SHELLFISHER PRESERVE
Director: Alec Hirschfeld
The final installment of Alec Hirschfeld’s trilogy about the need to protect the natural environment of the Hamptons.

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