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August 30, 2006

International Flair at Hamptons Festival


Films from the U.S., Germany, Israel, Norway and India will be among the headliners at the 14th annual Hamptons International Film Festival, scheduled for October 18 through 22.

The opening night film is The Situation, a story about an American journalist in Iraq caught between relationships with a military official and an Iraqi civilian who soon finds herself in danger as she investigates. The movie, starring Connie Nielsen and directed by Philip Haas (Angels & Insects), will have its world premiere at the festival. "Philip Haas and his tremendous cast and crew have captured the desperation and chaos of contemporary Iraq in a nuanced and thrilling work of cinema," said Rajendra Roy, the festival's artistic director.

The films in competition for the Golden Starfish award for best narrative feature, which includes $190,000 in goods and in-kind services as a prize, include Black Irish, a film about a teenage boy trying to win the affection of his emotionally distant father (Brendan Gleeson) and The Bothersome Man, a feature from Norway that tells the story of a man trying to escape from a strange city. Also in competition are Emma's Bliss, from Germany, Holly, the story of a peddler in Vietnam who finds a girl desperate to return to her family, Three Mothers, from Israel, and Vanaja, an Indian film about the struggles of a young girl after she is raped.

The documentary category has six entrants, five from the U.S. and one from Canada, including Chasing Ghosts, Dr. Bronner's Magic Soapbox, No Past to Speak Of, Note by Note, Summercamp! and Voyage In G Major. The best documentary winner walks away with $10,000 in cash and in-kind services.

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