Hampton's International Film Festival counter programmed itself dead in the middle of the New York Film Festival. On top of that it's showing several of the same films as well as programming a number of titles that many in the critical community felt should have been at New York. What this means is that this is the year that the Hampton's Film Festival over took the New York Film Festival for excitement level. I'm not sure that this will remain the case- New York is after all New York, but in talking to people at the press screenings for the big festival Hampton's is more the place people actually want to be with the films that many wanted to see and thought would be at NYFF (LA LA LAND, RED TURTLE, HANDMAIDEN, LION, LOVING).
The Hampton's is a great looking festival and if you can go I suggest to make a trip out to the end of the Island. I’m hoping to get out there, but I’m not sure I will be able to get out there because of counter programming, concerts and NYFF screenings. I’m still trying to work out how to get from the RED TURTLE screening on Monday the 10th and make a 6pm screening in Manhattan.
We’ve seen several films and we’ll be seeing a few more. If you’re curious about what we’ve thought about what we’ve seen check below:
BETTING ON ZERO
FIRE AT SEA- a review is running in a couple of days but know that the film is the story of a young boy who lives on the Italian island that is a landing point for refugees coming from Africa and the Middle East. It is cross cut with documentary footage of the coast guard rescuing refugees. The two stories never connect and I kept wondering why they were together when they would be infinitely better separately (especially the refugee material which is as good as documentary can be)
I, DANIEL BLAKE
INTO THE INFERNO
JEREMIAH TOWER: THE LAST MAGNIFICENT
MANCHESTER BY THE SEA
UNDER THE SHADOW
Tickets and more information for the Hamptons Film Festival can be found here.