Even with Summer behind us, the Hamptons’ cultural offerings are far from over. Having just run its 27th edition, the Hamptons International Film Festival has been a major platform to showcase movies that would become box office and award circle darlings.
Run over Columbus Day weekend, the 2019 edition is no exception. It featured a lineup packed with previews of the most buzz-worthy films of the upcoming seasons, introspective international masterpieces and in-depth documentaries. For eight years in a row, a film in the Festival has become the eventual Best Picture winner at the Oscars.
Highlights included the much-hyped The Irishman, Martin Scorsese’s latest endeavor featuring Robert De Niro, Al Pacino and Joe Pesci, set in the post-World-War-II underbelly of organized crime. For those who were interested in engines and cars, Ford v. Ferrari sees Matt Damon and Christian Bale star, respectively, as American car designer Carroll Shelby and British driver Ken Miles in their attempt to build a race car for Ford that could rival a Ferrari for the Le Mans race of 1966; Marriage Story, the latest creation of mumblecore king Noah Baumbach, is an intimate portrayal of the dissolution of a marriage, with Scarlett Johansson and Adam Driver playing a former couple that is trying to go through a divorce as amicably as possible, with resentment simmering underneath.