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"Loving" To Open, "American Pastoral" To Close Hamptons Film Fest
Ruth Negga (l) stars as Mildred and Joel Edgerton as Richard in Jeff Nichols' "Loving" (photo by Ben Rothstein/courtesy of Focus Features).
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The Hamptons International Film Festival announced that writer/director Jeff Nichols’ Loving will be the Opening Night film of the 24th Hamptons International Film Festival on Thursday, October 6, in East Hampton. The film stars Joel Edgerton, Ruth Negga, Marton Csokas, Nick Kroll, and Michael Shannon, and tells the story of the couple whose love story led to the landmark Supreme Court case Loving v. Virginia. Jeff Nichols will be at the festival. Focus Features will open Loving in limited release on November 4, expanding across the country in November. Opening Night is presented by Delta Air Lines and Altour International.

The festival’s closing night film is Ewan McGregor’s American Pastoral. The film adaptation of Philip Roth’s 1997 novel of the same name stars Ewan McGregor, Dakota Fanning, Jennifer Connelly, David Strathairn, Rupert Evans and Valorie Curry. Set in the unrest of 1960s America, a man watches his seemingly perfect life fall apart as his daughter’s newfound political activism threatens to destroy their family. Lionsgate will open the film in limited release on October 21. Actress Dakota Fanning will be at the festival. Closing Night is sponsored by Silvercup Studios.

“We are thrilled to have such powerful and thought-provoking films as Loving and American Pastoral as our Opening and Closing Nights at the festival this year,” said HIFF artistic director David Nugent. “Jeff Nichols and Ewan McGregor are two tremendously talented filmmakers with impressive careers and we look forward to screening their projects.”

The 24th annual Hamptons International Film Festival will be held over Columbus Day Weekend, October 6-10.