By:Norah Bradford

Fall has arrived and the Hamptons are not just a Summer hotspot but a year-round destination. There are plenty of things to do and places to visit. One of the highlights of the Hamptons Fall season is the Hamptons International Film Festival (HIFF). Held each year in October, HIFF previews the most talked about award season films, and this year is no different. Come for the films, stay for the beauty of the Hamptons, and dine at local favorites. Here are some of the films creating pre-Oscar buzz this season that will be premiering at this year’s festival:


The 24th Annual Hamptons International Film Festival:
October 6-10, 2016



Lion (The Weinstein Company)
Dev Patel, Nicole Kidman. Directed by Garth Davis
Five year old Saroo gets lost on a train which takes him thousands of miles across India, away from home and family. Saroo must learn to survive alone in Kolkata, before ultimately being adopted by an Australian couple. Twenty-five years later, armed with only a handful of memories, his unwavering determination, and a revolutionary technology known as Google Earth, he sets out to find his lost family and finally return to his first home.



La La Land (Lionsgate)
Ryan Gosling, Emma Stone. Directed by Damien Chazelle
Sebastian and Mia are drawn together by their common desire to do what they love. But as success mounts they are faced with decisions that begin to fray the fragile fabric of their love affair, and the dreams they worked so hard to maintain in each other threaten to rip them apart.



Moonlight (A24)
Naomie Harris, Janelle Monáe. Directed by Barry Jenkins
A young man deals with his dysfunctional home life and comes of age in Miami during the “War on Drugs” era. The story of his struggle to find himself is told across three defining chapters in his life as he experiences the ecstasy, pain, and beauty of falling in love while grappling with his own sexuality.



Before The Flood (National Geographic Channel)
Leonardo DiCaprio. Directed by Fisher Stevens
A look at how climate change affects our environment and what society can do prevent the demise of endangered species, ecosystems and native communities across the planet.



American Pastoral (Lakeshore Entertainment)
Ewan McGregor, Dakota Fanning. Directed by Ewan McGregor
Seymour Swede Levov is a once legendary high school athlete who is now a successful businessman married to Dawn, a former beauty queen. When his beloved teenage daughter disappears after being accused of committing a violent act, Swede dedicates himself to finding her and reuniting his family. What he discovers shakes him to the core, forcing him to look beneath the surface and confront the chaos that is shaping the world around him.



20th Century Women (Annapurna Pictures)
Elle Fanning, Annette Bening. Directed by Mike Mills
In 1979 Santa Barbara, three women are teaching a boy about men, women, love and freedom when his mother takes in a boarder, shaking his world view.


Bleed for This (Open Road Films)
Miles Teller, Aaron Eckhart. Directed by Ben Younger
Vinny “The Pazmanian Devil” Pazienza, a local Providence boxer, shoots to stardom after winning two world title fights. After a near-fatal car accident leaves him with a broken neck, he is told he may never walk again. Against all odds and doctor’s orders, renowned trainer Kevin Rooney agrees to help Vinny return to the ring just a year after the accident for what could be the last fight of his life.



Loving (Big Beach)
Ruth Negga, Joel Edgerton. Directed by Jeff Nichols
In 1967, Richard and Mildred Loving take their case to the Supreme Court after violating a Virginia law that prohibits interracial marriage.



Manchester by the Sea (Pearl Street Films)
Casey Affleck, Michelle Williams. Directed by Kenneth Lonergan
After the death of his older brother Joe, Lee Chandler is shocked that Joe has made him sole guardian of his teenage nephew Patrick. Taking leave of his job as a janitor in Boston, Lee reluctantly returns to Manchester-by-the-Sea, the fishing village where his working-class family has lived for generations. There, he is forced to deal with a past that separated him from his wife, Randi, and the community where he was born and raised.



75 Main, Southampton
Restaurateur Zach Erdem has gained attention within the hospitality industry after transforming Hamptons summer dining staple 75 Main into a year-round hotspot under his stewardship. Erdem reinvented his Southampton eatery, combining the classic style of the Hamptons with the enticing elements of New York City nightlife. Some celebrity guests include Vice President Joe Biden, Howard Stern and Beth Ostrosky Stern, Jonathan Cheban, and Jennifer Hudson.
75 Main Street, Southampton, NY 11968
631.283.7575 •



Sotto Sopra, Amagansett
Sotto Sopra has quickly become one of the most sought-after restaurants on the East End, known for its frequent celebrity guests, relaxing atmosphere, exceptional service, and fresh, flavorful fare. The restaurant has a warm open interior, highlighted by cedar-paneled walls and floor-to-ceiling windows that open two an outdoor patio, all of which mirror its Tuscan roots. Alex Baldwin, Cameron Diaz and Cindy Lauper have dined the rustic Tuscan restaurant.
231 Main Street, Amagansett, NY
631-267-3695 •



Union Cantina, Southampton
Southampton Social Club owners, Ian Duke and David Hilty, have teamed up with Southampton Social Club’s award-winning Executive Chef Scott Kampf to create this innovative modern Mexican eatery designed just for Southampton. Union Cantina features a modern Mexican menu and is open year round for lunch and dinner and features a bottomless brunch on Saturday and Sundays. Notable diners include Michael J. Fox and Brooke Shields.
40 Bowden Square, Southampton NY 11968



Your Home Away From Home at Southampton Inn
With 90 well-appointed guestrooms, many of which were renovated this past winter, the Southampton Inn is located just steps away from the town’s fine dining restaurants, designer boutiques, art galleries, parks and museums, and a mere mile from highly-rated Coopers Beach. The outdoor patio and ballroom were also renovated to ensure the Inn is the perfect home-away-from-home to explore the scenic Hamptons.

91 Hill Street, Southampton, New York
T: 631-283-6500


Hampton Hills Country Club
Hampton Hills Country Club is one of New York’s best kept secrets–and members like it that way. Hampton Hills is located in the middle of a 2,000 acre pine and oak tree preserve in Westhampton Beach. The wooded setting allows members to escape the rush of the city in favor of peaceful competition against a challenging golf course.

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