A Film Fest Teaser for October

Those attending should expect lots of star power, serious cinematic achievement, and some surprises
Claire Foy and Andrew Garfield star in “Breathe,” to be shown at HIFF this year. Bleecker Street/Participant Media

The Hamptons International Film Festival will celebrate 25 years of screenings and programming at this year’s festival over Columbus Day weekend.

Those attending should expect lots of star power, serious cinematic achievement, and some surprises. In order to build excitement for the weekend, the festival is already announcing a few of its films and events.

The United States premiere of “Breathe,” directed by Andy Serkis and starring Andrew Garfield and Claire Foy, will happen on Oct. 8. It is an inspiring love story about a couple’s quest to conquer a disease.

The director of “LBJ,” Rob Reiner, will participate in the festival’s A Conversation With . . . series. The film, which stars Woody Harrelson as the president, will also be shown.

Others to be screened this year include “After Louie,” “The Yellow Birds,” “Human Flow,” “The Square,” and “Oh Lucy!”

Alan Cumming stars in “After Louie,” Vincent Gagliostro’s examination of survivor’s guilt during the height of the AIDS epidemic. “The Yellow Birds,” by Alexandre Moors, stars Toni Collette, Jennifer Aniston, Tye Sheridan, and Alden Ehrenreich and follows two soldiers in the Iraq War. Mr. Cumming and Ms. Collette plan to attend the festival.

Ai Weiwei, the Chinese dissident and artist, directed “Human Flow,” which documents the global migrant crisis. “The Square,” directed by Ruben Ostlund and starring Elisabeth Moss, Claes Bang, and Dominic West, is set in the art world and won top honors at the Cannes Film Festival. Atsuko Hirayanagi’s “Oh Lucy!” is based on her award-winning short film about a woman who transforms her life.

“This first group of films displays works that both explore the complexities of our world and some of the challenges we face, while also highlighting the resilience of the human spirit in facing such adversity,” David Nugent, the festival’s artistic director, said in a release.

The festival is honoring Julie Andrews this year with a lifetime achievement award at its annual dinner, which it had announced previously. It will screen “Victor/Victoria,” in which she stars, on Oct. 7, with a conversation afterward with Ms. Andrews and Alec Baldwin, who is a co-chairman of the festival.

This year’s rising stars on the 10 Actors to Watch list are Timothée Chalamet, Hong Chau, Kiersey Clemons, Daveed Diggs, Ali Fazal, Daniel Kaluuya, Barry Keoghan, Danielle Macdonald, Kumail Nanjiani, and Grace Van Patten. Previous honorees include Oscar winners and nominees such as Mahershala Ali, Brie Larson, Lupita Nyong’o, Emma Stone, and Alicia Vikander.

The festival runs from Oct. 5 to 9. Passes and packages will be available for purchase beginning Tuesday.