By Tricia Carr | October 3, 2016 | Culture
It's that time again: The Hamptons International Film Festival returns on October 6 (until October 10) with a schedule packed with unique and thought-provoking films. To help you navigate the lineup, we picked out the movies you simply cannot miss. Read on for our suggestions, and browse the full lineup here.
We all know Ewan McGregor for his acting chops, but the talented Scot also makes his directorial debut in the absorbing '60s-set American Pastoral based on the novel by Philip Roth. In addition to McGregor as Swede, the film stars two other familiar faces: Jennifer Connelly as his seemingly perfect wife and Dakota Fanning as Merry, their daughter who shatters their family as she acts on her radical beliefs. The film follows them from the beginning until years later, as Swede remains determined to bring his family back together. HIFF will host American Pastoral’s New York premiere. Screenings: Oct. 10, 7 p.m. at Guild Hall (158 Main St., East Hampton), rush only; Oct. 10, 7:30 p.m. at UA East Hampton Cinema 6 (30 Main St., East Hampton), rush only
Naomi Kutin might look like a carefree 11-year-old from New Jersey, but this unbelievable documentary directed by Jessie Auritt reveals otherwise. Kutin a.k.a. Supergirl is a powerlifter who can hoist three times her own weight, making her the strongest girl in the world. Auritt’s first feature-length film debuting at HIFF chronicles Kutin’s incredible athleticism alongside her life in an Orthodox Jewish family. Screenings: Oct. 9, 2 p.m. at UA East Hampton Cinema 6, tickets here; Oct. 10, 2:30 p.m. at UA East Hampton Cinema 6, tickets here
Get a head start on the show you’ll be DVR-ing come November at the screening of the first two episodes of A&E’s The Killing Season, an eight-part investigative docu-series that revisits the disturbing, unsolved murders of 10 sex workers who were found on Long Island’s Gilgo Beach. Filmmakers Joshua Zeman and Rachel Mills revisit the people whose lives were affected by these women’s deaths, piece together new clues, and discover possible connections between this case and other murders. After the screening, stick around for a discussion with the show’s artistic team to learn how the series was made. Screening: Oct. 9, 11 a.m. at UA East Hampton Cinema 6, tickets here
Fresh off its Palme d’Or Award win at the 2016 Cannes Film Festival, Ken Loach’s I, Daniel Blake will affect you to the core with its portrayal of a 59-year-old widower who loses his job after he suffers a heart attack. As he struggles with the British welfare system, he happens to meets a single mother and her two children who are in the same predicament, and together they fight for their basic needs. Screenings: Oct. 9, 2;30 p.m. at UA East Hampton Cinema 6, tickets here; Oct. 10, 11:45 a.m. at Guild Hall, tickets here
These days, people seem to know more about the Brangelina divorce than what's on the nightly news. But this gripping documentary directed by Ricki Stern and Annie Sundberg will bring viewers back to reality. We all remember the day bombs went off near the finish line at the 2013 Boston Marathon. Three years later, first responders can still envision the terrifying scene, officials and journalists can cite every detail, and survivors and their families are still recovering from the trauma. Witness the aftermath since the Boston Marathon terrorist attack in the HIFF world premiere of Marathon: The Patriots Day Bombing. Screenings: Oct. 7, 5:30 p.m. at UA East Hampton Cinema 6, tickets here; Oct. 8, 11:15 p.m. at UA East Hampton Cinema 6, tickets here