Welcome to the latest offering from the Curbed Hamptons Listage Department, where everyone loves a good countdown. The 17th Annual Hamptons International Film Festival starts tomorrow, and much has been made of the on-screen offerings this year. Behold, our top 10 picks for your weekend's viewing pleasure. Reviews? You know where to find us on Monday.
10) The Film: Shadow Billionaire
The Fuss: DHL founder Larry Hillblom is profiled in this doc, which chronicles his disappearance and an ensuing court battle between associates and a number of Southeast Asian 'bar girls' who claimed to have had children by him.
When/Where: Sun 11:15am, UA East Hampton Theater 5; Mon 2:30pm, UA East Hampton Theater 4
9) The Film: Desert Flower
The Fuss: Model Liya Kebede's debuts in this adaption of Waris Derie's autobiography about her transformation from 'Somalian nomad' to supermodel and global inspiration. Kebede is also expected to attend.
When/Where: Fri 6pm, UA East Hampton Theater 1; Sat 6:45pm, UA Southampton
8) The Film: Schmatta: Rags to Riches to Rags
The Fuss: An HBO doc on the garment industry's tumultuous American history, from the Lower East Side to Seventh Avenue. Expect the downside of globalization meets these economic times.
When/Where: Thurs 5:15pm, UA East Hampton Theater 3; Mon 4pm, UA Southampton
7) The Film: The Men Who Stare at Goats
The Fuss: One of two Clooney opportunities at the festival, the much-talked about film co-stars Ewan McGregor, Jeff Bridges and Kevin Spacey in a comedic take on new mind-control military practices, some involving goats.
When/Where: Sun 9:45pm, UA East Hampton Theater 3; Mon 2:45pm, UA East Hampton Theater 1
6) The Film: Paper Man
The Fuss: A film set and shot in Montauk in winter, Paper Man follows Jeff Daniels as a failed writer attempting to work on a novel, with an imaginary superhero (Ryan Reynolds) by his side.
When/Where: Sat 4pm, Guild Hall; Sun 6pm, UA East Hampton Theater 1; Mon 2pm, Montauk Movie Theater
5) The Film: Young Victoria
The Fuss: Former HIFF Rising Star Emily Blunt helms this period piece, staring as the young queen who comes to power at the end of England's golden age. Impressive costuming guaranteed.
When/Where: Fri 6:30pm, UA East Hampton Theater 2; Sat 8:45pm, UA East Hampton Theater 1
4) The Film: Up in the Air
The Fuss: George Clooney's second offering in the festival, Up in the Air tells of a corporate downsizer on the cusp on 10 million frequent flyer miles and a life change. Directed by Juno's Jason Reitman.
When/Where: Sat 9:30pm, Guild Hall
3) The Film: The Greatest
The Fuss: HIFF's Opening Night Film, Pierce Brosnan and Susan Sarandon star in this dramatic tale of a couple left to pick up the pieces of their son's life after he is killed in a car accident. Brosnan is expected to attend.
When/Where: Thu 7pm, Guild Hall; Fri 7pm, UA Southampton
2) The Film: Solitary Man
The Fuss: HIFF's Centerpiece Film, Solitary Man stars Michael Douglas as a failed business man going through a mid-life 'catastrophe'. Susan Sarandon, Danny DeVito and Mary-Louise Parker co-star.
When/Where: Sat 7pm, Guild Hall; Sun 6pm, UA Southampton; Mon 11:30pm, UA East Hampton Theater 2
1) The Film: The Imaginarium of Dr. Parnassus
The Fuss: HIFF's Closing Night Film, Terry Gilliam presents late actor Heath Ledger's last work. Ledger's role in the whimsical, time traveling tale was completed by Johnny Depp, Jude Law, and Colin Farrell.
When/Where: Sun 8:30pm, Guild Hall; Mon 4pm, Guild Hall
· Film Guide [HIFF]