George Clooney. Jennifer Garner. Alec Baldwin. Michelle Williams. Matthew Broderick. Susan Saradon. The list of Hollywood A-Listers who’ll be onscreen and onstage at the Hamptons International Film Festival has more star power than Alpha Centauri. From Oscar winners we’ve loved for years to breakthrough stars we’ll be talking about for years to come, here’s the ultimate guide to the big-name movies you won’t want to miss at the Hamptons International Film Festival.
The Stars: Ellen Barkin, Ezra Miller, Kate Bosworth, Demi Moore, Thomas Haden Church, George Kennedy, Ellen Burstyn, Michael Nardelli
The Story: High-strung Lynn (Ellen Barkin) is hurled into the fire of primal, Byzantine family dynamicsin writer/director Sam Levinson’s debut feature—a winner at Sundance.
The Stars: Jennifer Garner, Olivia Wilde, Ty Burrell, Yara Shahidi, Hugh Jackman and Alicia Silverstone.
The Story: Art, politics, and food collide in this star-studded dark comedy directed by Jim Field Smith. Bob Pickler (Ty Burrell) is the undisputed king of butter carving throughout the Midwest. Now that he’s decided to withdraw from the world of competitive butter carving, the championship title is up for grabs.
The Stars: Martin Donovan, David Morse, Olivia Williams, Melissa Auf der Maur
The Story: Director and star Martin Donovan takes on class, celebrity and writer’s block in this tightly wound psychological drama.
The Stars: Ralph Fiennes, Gerard Butler, Brian Cox, Vanessa Redgrave, James Nesbitt
The Story: Ralph Fiennes’ directorial debut transforms one of Shakespeare’s bloodiest, most imposing tragedies into an intensely modern cinematic experience.
The Stars: George Clooney, Shailene Woodley, Beau Bridges, Judy Greer, Matthew Lillard
The Story: After a boating accident puts his wife on life support, Matt King (George Clooney) tries to re-connect with his estranged daughters, Scottie (Amara Miller) and Alexandra (played brilliantly by HIFF 2011 Breakthrough Performer Shailene Woodley), in this film from director Alexander Payne.
The Stars: Orlando Bloom, Riley Keough, Troy Garity, Rob Morrow, Taraji P. Henson, Michael Peña
The Story: Suspenseful medical dramas are a dime a dozen, but director Lance Daly’s suspenseful medical drama is a rare exception, an enthralling mix of psychological thriller and intense character study with a riveting (and against-type) Orlando Bloom performance at its center.
The Stars: Jason Segel, Ed Helms, Susan Sarandon, Judy Greer, Rae Dawn Chong
The Story: Directors Mark and Jay Duplass take on brotherly dynamics as well as fate and love in this delightfully authentic and moving comic gem.
The Stars: Felicity Jones, Anton Yelchin, Jennifer Lawrence, Charlie Bewley, Alex Kingston, Oliver Muirhead
The Story: It is rare for sweet, implacable first love portrayed on screen to connect wholly with the heart. It is rare for sweet, implacable first love portrayed on screen to connect wholly with the heart. Like Crazy is a dazzling exception, featuring two brilliant young actors, Anton Yelchin and Felicity Jones, with remarkable screen chemistry.
The Stars: Elizabeth Olsen, Brady Corbet, Hugh Dancy, John Hawkes, Sarah Paulson
The Story: Masterfully wrought psychological drama concerns a troubled young woman who flees an upstate New York cult and seeks refuge in the quiet home of her sister and sister’s husband.
The Stars: Kirsten Dunst, Charlotte Gainsbourg, Kiefer Sutherland, Charlotte Rampling, John Hurt, Alexander Skarsgård, Stellan Skarsgård
The Story: When does the end of the world become a welcome event? Director Lars von Trier’s magnificent apocalyptic epic explores the darkest corners of self-destruction in the face of terrifying planetary events.
The Stars: Michelle Williams, Kenneth Branagh, Emma Watson, Eddie Redmayne, Judi Dench
The Story: Witness a magnificent screen transformation as one of the most acclaimed and daring actresses of our time, Oscar-nominee Michelle Williams, takes on one of the most complex, beloved and haunting luminaries in cinema history—Marilyn Monroe.
The Stars: Emily Watson, Hugo Weaving, David Wenham, Richard Dillane, Tara Morice, Tammy Wakefield
The Story: In this stirring drama based on a true story, Margaret Humphreys (Emily Watson) is a British social worker who stumbles upon one of the largest scandals in the United Kingdom in recent memory.
The Stars: Johnny Depp, Amber Heard, Aaron Eckhart, Giovanni Ribisi, Richard Jenkins
The Story: Thirteen years after Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas, Johnny Depp once again channels the gonzo exploits of Hunter S. Thompson .
The Stars: Tilda Swinton, John C. Reilly, Ezra Miller, Siobhan Fallon
The Story: Eva (Tilda Swinton) must cope with her confusion, anger and guilt in the wake of a horrific school massacre perpetrated by her son Kevin (Ezra Miller).
The Stars: Kristin Scott Thomas, Ethan Hawke, Joanna Kulig, Samir Guesmi
The Story: Ethan Hawke delivers a career-topping performance in director-writer Pawel Pawlikowski’s eerily captivating new film about a college lecturer (Hakwe) who flees to Paris after a scandal and meets a woman (Kristin Scott Thomas) who may be involved in a series of murders.
The Stars: Rachel Weisz, Tom Hiddleston, Simon Russell Beale
The Story: Set in post-World War II England, director Terence Davies’ riveting drama follows the romantic entanglements of Hester Collyer (Rachel Weisz), who is trapped between a stale marriage with a prominent judge (Simon Russell Beale) and a doomed love affair with an alcoholic pilot (Tom Hiddleston).
What movie are you most looking forward to seeing at the Hamptons International Film Festival?