Film Guide 2019


2019 Documentary Competition Award Winner

2019 Documentary Competition | feature documentary Jury selection for Best Documentary Feature OVERSEAS, directed by Sung-a Yoon Director Sung-a Yoon receives a $3,000 cash prize as well as a film production package of in-kind goods and services, wi …


2019 Narrative Competition Award Winner

2019 Narrative Competition | feature narrative Jury Selection for Best Narrative Feature A WHITE, WHITE DAY, directed by Hlynur Pálmason Director Hlynur Pálmason receives a $3,000 cash prize as well as a film production package of in-kind good …


THE AERONAUTS

2019 Spotlight | feature narrative | 101 min East Coast Premiere In 1862, daredevil balloon pilot Amelia Wren (Felicity Jones) teams up with pioneering meteorologist James Glaisher (Eddie Redmayne) to advance human knowledge of the weather and fly higher than any …

Directed by Tom Harper

ALAN PAKULA: GOING FOR TRUTH

2019 World Cinema Documentary | feature documentary | 98 min World Premiere The director of such landmark titles as ALL THE PRESIDENT’S MEN and SOPHIE’S CHOICE, and producer of seminal films like TO KILL A MOCKINGBIRD, lauded filmmaker Alan J Pakula was unflinching in h …

Directed by Matthew Miele

ALL IN GOOD TIME

2019 Shorts Program | narrative short | 15 min With the help of a magical bottle, two children living 100 years apart strike up a time-traveling correspondence.

Directed by Bonnie Dempsey

CITIZEN K

2019 World Cinema Documentary | feature documentary | 125 min New York Premiere In Alex Gibney’s (TAXI TO THE DARK SIDE, GOING CLEAR) revelatory new documentary, the director looks at the curious case of Mikhail Khodorkovsky, once said to be the wealthiest man in Russia and n …

Directed by Alex Gibney

CONSCIENCE POINT

2019 Views From Long Island | feature documentary | 75 min World Premiere • WINNER: Victor Rabinowitz and Joanne Grant Award for Social Justice For decades, the home of the Shinnecock Nation has been the subject of a brutal fight for ownership in the Hamptons, with an …

Directed by Treva Wurmfeld

CYCLE

2019 Shorts Program | narrative short | 2 min Following a bike-riding lesson from her grandfather, a young girl discovers that the real adventure begins where the road ends.

Directed by Sophie Olga de Jong, Sytske Kok

FRANKIE

2019 Spotlight | feature narrative | 100 min East Coast Premiere Director Ira Sachs (LOVE IS STRANGE, LITTLE MEN) transplants his usual New York setting for Sintra, Portugal, where the family of Frankie (Isabelle Huppert), an aging actress, is brought together fo …

Directed by Ira Sachs

HACKED

2019 Shorts Program | narrative short | 3 min World Premiere A cellphone glitch reveals more than the eye can see in this spooky tale written, directed, and starring HIFF Jr. Film Camp students.

Directed by Cooper Aiken, Beatrix Beirne, Caleb Garutti, Devon O’Halloran

HORS PISTE

2019 Shorts Program | narrative short | 6 min An alpine rescue mission goes way, way off course…

Directed by Léo Brunel, Loris Cavalier, Camille Jalabert, Oscar Malet

THE HOTTEST AUGUST

2019 Air, Land & Sea | feature documentary | 94 min NYC. August 2017. The summer after the presidential inauguration. A city oppressed by unrelenting heat and the tensions that have been simmering ever since the election. A city that is trying to gra …

Directed by Brett Story

INVISIBLE LIFE

2019 World Cinema Narrative | feature narrative | 139 min East Coast Premiere Rio De Janeiro, 1950. Euridice and Guida are inseparable sisters bristling at the conservative rules of their household. Although their parents’ expectations are that they will get married and sta …

Directed by Karim Aïnouz

THE KINGMAKER

2019 World Cinema Documentary | feature documentary | 100 min New York Premiere Continuing her career-long fascination with the extremely wealthy, documentarian Lauren Greenfield (THE QUEEN OF VERSAILLES, GENERATION WEALTH) profiles Imelda Marcos, the former Filipino politician …

Directed by Lauren Greenfield

MAIDEN

2019 Special Screenings | feature documentary | 97 min In 1989, 24-year-old Tracy Edwards made history when she enlisted her all-female sailing crew into the Whitbread Round the World Race, and blew away the sport’s male-only reputation in the process …

Directed by Alex Holmes

MARRIAGE STORY

2019 Spotlight | feature narrative | 136 min Unable to reconcile their increasingly separate lives on opposite sides of the country, New York theater director Charlie (Adam Driver) and his L.A.-based wife Nicole (Scarlett Johansson) decide to …

Directed by Noah Baumbach

ON BROADWAY

2019 World Cinema Documentary | feature documentary | 82 min World Premiere An all-star cast tells the inside story of Broadway theatre, and how it came back from the brink thanks to innovative work, a new attention to inclusion, and a sometimes uneasy balance between art a …

Directed by Oren Jacoby

PORTRAIT OF A LADY ON FIRE

2019 World Cinema Narrative | feature narrative | 121 min As the 18th century draws to a close, Marianne (Noémie Merlant), a young painter, is sent to an isolated island off the coast of Brittany to paint the wedding portrait of Héloise (Adèle Haenel), …

Directed by Céline Sciamma

SHORTS PROGRAM: EXPLORE! SHORTS FOR ALL AGES

2019 Short Film Programs | 56 min The colorful characters in this family-friendly program remind us to keep on keepin’ on!


SHORTS PROGRAM: VIEWS FROM LONG ISLAND SHOWCASE

2019 Views From Long Island | 46 min Supported by the Suffolk County Film Commission, this shorts program offers an array of films from local talent—ranging from fifth-graders to Academy Award® winners!


SO LONG MY SON “Di Jiu Tian Chang”

2019 World Cinema Narrative | feature narrative | 185 min US Premiere SO LONG MY SON traces the lives of two families over three decades of social, political and human upheaval in China. Following the loss of a child in a tragic accident, their paths separate. Destini …

Directed by Wang Xiaoshuai

THREE SUMMERS “Três Verões”

2019 World Cinema Narrative | feature narrative | 94 min US Premiere Every December, between Christmas and New Year’s, Edgar and Marta host a lavish family celebration at their luxurious summer house by the beach. In 2015 all seems well, despite some tense phone ca …

Directed by Sandra Kogut

TO THE MOON

2019 Immersive Storytelling | immersive storytelling | 15 min A virtual reality experience by award-winning artist Laurie Anderson and co-creator Hsin-Chien Huang. TO THE MOON uses images and tropes from Greek mythology, literature, science, science-fiction …


TREE #3

2019 Shorts Program | narrative short | 20 min After he’s been cast as a tree (again!) in his annual middle school play, Itai decides to make the most of his seemingly small role.

Directed by Omer Ben-Shachar

THE TWO POPES

2019 Opening, Closing, Centerpiece | feature narrative | 125 min East Coast Premiere • Sunday Centerpiece • WINNER: HIFF27 Audience Award for Best Narrative Feature From Fernando Meirelles, the Academy Award-nominated director of CITY OF GOD, and three-time Academy Award-nominat …

Directed by Fernando Meirelles

WATERPROOF

2019 Shorts Program | documentary short | 40 min World Premiere The incredible story of one community’s crusade to create a safe swimming environment in East Hampton, New York. Led by the incomparable Big John and Johnny Jr., these lifeguards give the best of …

Directed by Ross Kauffman

WAVES

2019 Opening, Closing, Centerpiece | feature narrative | 135 min East Coast Premiere • Closing Night • WINNER: HIFF27 Zicherman Family Foundation Screenwriting Award Set against the vibrant landscape of South Florida, and featuring an astonishing ensemble of award-winning actors …

Directed by Trey Edward Shults

WESTERN STARS

2019 Spotlight | feature documentary | 83 min US Premiere Coming fresh off of the publishing of his memoir Born to Run and unprecedented success of his one-man show Springsteen on Broadway, Bruce Springsteen released his latest album Western Stars to wides …

Directed by Thom Zimny, Bruce Springsteen

THE WRONG ROCK

2019 Shorts Program | narrative short | 13 min A lonely mushroom embarks on an epic adventure to find his place in life.

Directed by Michael Cawood

WWII

2019 Shorts Program | documentary short | 3 min World Premiere Daisy Pitches, Montauk Public School fifth-grader and HIFF Jr. Documentary Filmmaking student, reveals the significance of woman’s role in World War II.

Directed by Daisy Pitches