'The Kindergarten Teacher' starring Maggie Gyllenhaal Will Open This Year’s Festival

Gyllenhaal, Everett, And More At HIFF

The 26th annual Hamptons International Film Festival, held this October, presents The Kindergarten Teacher as its opening night film. The film is written and directed by Sara Colangelo and will screen on Thursday, October 4, at Guild Hall in East Hampton.

         The film stars Maggie Gyllenhaal, Parker Sevak, Rosa Salazar, and Gael García Bernal. In the film Gyllenhaal portrays a Staten Island kindergarten teacher who yearns to live a life of art and intellectualism. Gyllenhaal and Colangelo both plan to attend the festival. Colangelo is a 2013 alumna of HIFF’s annual Screenwriters Lab.

         “We are elated to kick off our 26th edition of the festival with a film from one of our Screenwriters Lab alumna and to also announce an eclectic and intriguing first group of films with narratives and themes that are sure to resonate with our audiences,” said David Nugent, artistic director of HIFF.

         The festival will also feature works from two additional HIFF Screenwriters Lab alumna. The 2015 Lab participant, Ísold Uggadóttir, will present the film And Breathe Normally, about the blossoming relationship between two women in Iceland. The 2016 Lab participant, Cathy Yan, presents Dead Pigs about the interwoven lives of five individuals in Shanghai.

         “To be able to include so many completed feature films from our prestigious Screenwriters Lab is truly a dream come true, especially for our opening night,” said Anne Chaisson, executive director of HIFF. “For 18 years our lab has mentored over 75 screenwriters, and these three films from female directors offer diverse perspectives and have all garnered critical acclaim this year.”

         Additional films showing at the festival will be the U.S. premiere of Eva Trobisch’s All Good, starring Aenne Schwarz, and Rupert Everett’s The Happy Prince, starring Everett (who will also be in attendance), Colin Firth, and Emily Watson — a biopic about the final years of Oscar Wilde’s life.

         Also screening is Capernaum, a jury prize winner at the Cannes Film Festival directed by Nadine Labaki. Ali Abbasi’s Border, starring Eva Melander and Eero Milonoff, is also in the line up.

         The Views from Long Island section will feature Michael Dweck’s documentary The Last Race, about a Long Island stock car racetrack trying to maintain the tradition and history of the sport. There is also Sasha Friedlander and Cynthia Wade’s documentary Grit.

         Passes and packages to this year’s HIFF — which takes place over Columbus Day Weekend, October 4 to 8 — will go on sale Wednesday, September 5, and individual tickets will go on sale on Monday, September 24.

         For more info visit www.hamptonsfilmfest.org.

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