The Hamptons International Film Festival, coming up over Columbus Day weekend, won't release the full line-up of films until later this week, but on Monday morning, revealed some of its signature programs.
English actress Helena Bonham Carter will take part in "A Conversation With..." on Oct. 12. She is attending the festival on behalf of "Burton and Taylor," which will premiere in the UK Focus on Film section.
Actor Bruce Dern will take part in "A Conversation With..." on Oct. 13. His film, "Nebraska," a comedy, shot in black-and-white, which debuted at Cannes, is a Festival Centerpiece film.
The 21st Annual Hamptons International Film Festival will take place from Oct. 10 to 14.
“Fourteen years ago, HIFF created strong signature programs and partnerships to showcase films that engage viewers in world affairs and highlight stories of science and technology,” Anne Chaisson, the executive director, said.
The recipient of the $25,000 Alfred P. Sloan Feature Film Prize is director Steven Bernstein for his feature film "Decoding Annie Parker," a drama based on the true story about the discovery of the the BRCA1 gene, responsible for many breast and ovarian cancers. A screening of the film, which stars Helen Hunt, Samantha Morton and Aaron Paul, is set for Oct. 11, following by a panel discussion that will focus on cancer research and the ethics surrounding genetic trademarking.
"We are honored to partner with the Hamptons International Film Festival in awarding Steven Bernstein's powerful new film, "Decoding Annie Parker," this year's Alfred P. Sloan Foundation-Hamptons International Film Festival Feature Film Prize," Doron Weber, the vice president of programs at the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation, said. "In its unsparing, clear-eyed depiction of the scourge of breast cancer on one remarkable woman’s life and its role in helping another remarkable woman make a major scientific discovery, this film shows how stories of science and technology cut to the heart of our human ability to triumph over the most overwhelming odds.”