‘Fresh off of its premiere runs at Telluride and Toronto, the Joel Edgerton-directed Boy Erased has been set as the closing night film for the 26th edition of the Hamptons International Film Festival (HIFF). The festival kicks off Oct. 4 and continues through Oct. 8.
Based on the memoir by Garrard Conley, the film stars Lucas Hedges, Nicole Kidman, Russell Crowe and director Edgerton. The story examines a young boy’s story when his parents send him to a “healing refuge” to cure his homosexual “disease.” Author Conley is scheduled to appear at this year’s HIFF.
HIFF has also announced this year’s “Breakthrough Artists” nominees which include actors Kayli Carter (Private Life), Cory Michael Smith (1985), and Amandla Stenberg (The Hate U Give). Previous recipients include 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 others.
The fest will also screen the World Premiere of Alex Winter’s The Panama Papers and feature screenings of Ben Is Back starring Julia Roberts and Lucas Hedges, To Dust starring Matthew Broderick as well as Ashghar Farhadi’s Everybody Knows starring Javier Bardem and Penelope Cruz. Other movies programmed for HIFF include Green Book, The Hate U Give, A Private War, Wildlife and Alfonso Cuaron’s buzzworthy Roma.’