‘Waves’ Selected as Closing Night Film at Hamptons International Film Festival


Hamptons International Film Festival announced A24’s ​“Waves”​ as their Closing Night Film. Directed by Trey Edward Shults, the film presents the lives of a suburban African-American family as they navigate life following a tragic loss. The film stars Emmy Award-winning actor Sterling K. Brown, Tony Award-winning actress Renée Elise Goldsberry, Kelvin Harrison Jr., Academy Award nominee Lucas Hedges, Taylor Russell, and Alexa Demie.

Recently announced was “Just Mercy” as the festival’s opening night film. The Friday centerpiece film will be Martin Scorsese’s “The Irishman.” James Mangold’s “Ford v Ferrari” is set to screen as the Saturday centerpiece with “The Two Popes” screening as Sunday’s centerpiece. World Premieres include “Conscience Point,” “In Memoriam,” “Scandalous” and “Flint.” 

“Just Mercy”

The festival will also continue its eighteen-year tradition of recognizing up and coming talent through its annual Breakthrough Artists signature program. This year’s recipients include actress Camila Morrone of “Mickey and the Bear,” which will screen in the World Cinema Narrative section, actor Aldis Hodge from ​Clemency​”, previously announced in this year’s Spotlight section, and Lulu Wang, director of the summer indie darling ​”The Farewell​”. Since 2002, HIFF has honored distinguished talent in early stages of their careers, including award-winning actors Emily Blunt, Brie Larson, Adam Driver, Jessica Chastain, Mahershala Ali, Riz Ahmed, Alicia Vikander, Lupita Nyong’o, Emma Stone, Elisabeth Moss, Rooney Mara, Oscar Isaac, and more.

The films in this year’s signature Conflict & Resolution program, which spotlight stories that creatively deal with complex issues and societal effects of war and violence, and engage audiences surrounding the causes, will include the following: Hans Pool’s “Bellingcat: Truth in a Post-Truth World,” Feras Fayyad’s “The Cave”​, Waad al-Khateab and Edward Watts’s “For Sama,” Ben Lawrence’s “Hearts and Bones,” and Dror Moreh’s “The Human Factor”​. This year, “For Sama” will be the recipient of the section’s Brizzolara Family Foundation Awards for Films of Conflict & Resolution and following the screening, Alec Baldwin will be hosting a live-taping of the NPR show ​Here’s The Thing​ with the filmmakers.

“For Sama”

For the 17th year, the festival will partner with New York Women in Film & Television, a non-profit dedicated to supporting, celebrating and advocating for women in media, to present their annual shorts “NYWIFT: Women Calling the Shots,” to support achievements in female filmmaking. This year’s shorts will include Remington Long’s “Alchemy,” Grace Kim’s​ “An Interloper’s Kiss,”​ Sini Anderson’s “Catherine Opie B. 1961,”​ Lizzy Hogenson’s​ “Dani,” Faren Humes’​ “Liberty,” Celine Held and Logan George’s​ “Lockdown,” and Farida Zahran’s​ “Youth.” The Women Calling the Shots showcase will be preceded by NYWIFT’s brunch at Mulford Farm celebrating the women filmmakers at the festival.

“We are elated to conclude our festival with Trey Edward Shults’ WAVES, a beautiful drama of a family’s love that will absolutely mesmerize our audiences,” said David Nugent, Artistic Director of the Hamptons International Film Festival. “And with our Breakthrough Artist signature program, we are pleased to recognize the talent of Camila Morrone, Aldis Hodge, Lulu Wang, three artists whose work on the screen has been stunning.”

“Our long-standing collaboration with New York Women in Film & Television has showcased exciting work from female filmmakers for the last 17 years, and we are extremely proud of this legacy,” said Anne Chaisson, Executive Director of Hamptons International Film Festival. “additionally highlighting another signature program, Conflict and Resolution has opened the eyes of our audiences of the horrors of conflict, and how we can help those in dire need.”

Below are additional films that have been added to the HIFF lineup.

  • WAVES *Closing Night Film, East Coast Premiere, Director: Trey Edward Shults

Conflict & Resolution

  • THE CAVE Director: Feras Fayyad New York Premiere
  • FOR SAMA Director: Waad al-Khateab, Edward Watts
  • HEARTS AND BONES U.S. Premiere Director: Ben Lawrence
  • THE HUMAN FACTOR East Coast Premiere Director: Dror Moreh


  • ALCHEMY Director: Remington Long A community comes together for friendship, poetry, and some handcrafted sourdough baked in the old-world tradition.
  • AN INTERLOPER’S KISS World Premiere Director: Grace Kim A voyeuristic look at one woman’s daily routine, from the perspective of an unlikely love interest.
  • CATHERINE OPIE B. 1961 East Coast Premiere Director: Sini Anderson Acclaimed photographer Catherine Opie shares the emotional and political motivations behind her provocative and influential work.
  • DANI New York Premiere Director: Lizzy Hogenson Feeling obligated to put on a brave face, a daughter calls her mother to share some difficult news.
  • LIBERTY Director: Faren Humes As their community faces redevelopment, Alex and Milagros find their longtime friendship tested by their impending separation.
  • LOCKDOWN New York Premiere Directors: Celine Held and Logan George Struggling with feelings for her best friend, 14-year-old Marie stages an almost perfect plan.
  • YOUTH East Coast Premiere Director: Farida Zahran Over the course of one eventful night out in Cairo, a teenage girl takes a step toward adulthood.

Ticket packages for the 2019 festival are now on sale​,​ and individual tickets will go on sale on October 1. This year’s festival guide will be available online on September 17. Hamptons International Film Festival runs October 10-14.

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