Opera, outsiders topics of chosen films

HIFF Presents Now Showing

Maria By Callas

The Hamptons International Film Festival presents the return of its Now Showing series, starting December 22 at Guild Hall in East Hampton.

The series begins with the film Maria By Callas, a documentary chronicling the legendary Maria Callas, one of the most renowned and influential opera singers of the 20th Century. The film displays a trove of archival footage, interviews, personal Super 8 recordings, and raw live footage.

The soprano rose to fame in the years following World War II. Upon her untimely death in 1977, the name Maria Callas became synonymous with the art form she helped define. In the film, Director Tom Volf creates a loving portrait of Callas through her own words. The film will be shown on December 22 and 29 at 6 PM.

The series will continue with screenings of the film Shoplifters, the Cannes Palme D’Or winner directed by Hirokazu Kore-eda. Set in Tokyo, the film is about a dysfunctional band of outsiders who are united by fierce loyalty. They have a penchant for petty theft and playful grifting. When the young son is arrested, secrets are exposed. The film will screen on January 5 and January 12 at 6 PM.

For more information about the series, visit www.hamptonsfilmfest.org.

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