New Film Series From HIFF and Guild Hall

"The Night Cafe" is one of Vincent van Gogh's paintings brought to life in the film "Loving Vincent," part of a new winter film series selected by HIFF and to be shown at Guild Hall.

The Hamptons International Film Festival and Guild Hall are collaborating on a series of film screenings, beginning on Saturday nights in December.

The series takes advantage of the number of visual art-related films out this year and attempts to fill the temporary void left by the Sag Harbor Cinema, which was destroyed by a fire last winter. “Now Showing” consists of the type of “art house” fare that was typically seen at the theater and will now be available at Guild Hall.

Beginning on Dec. 16, they will screen “Faces Places,” a documentary by Agnes Varda. Shown at Cannes and the New York Film Festival, the film travels through villages in France with the filmmaker and the French artist JR.

On Dec. 23, the Cannes Palme d’Or-winning film “The Square” by Ruben Östlund will take audiences through a mind-bending and harrowing morality play about the hell created by good intentions. The film was shown at this year’s Hamptons film festival, and sold out all of its screenings. Elizabeth Moss and Dominic West are two of the supporting cast members in the Swedish film, which has dialogue mostly in English.

“Loving Vincent,” which has received many accolades for its inventive approach to an artist’s biography, is an animated film using 65,000 frames composed of specially created oil paintings on canvas made by 115 artists painting in Vincent van Gogh’s style. Written and directed by Dorota Kobiela and Hugh Welchman, it will be screened on Dec. 30.

“We are kicking off this series with some of the most artistic and daring films this year,” Anne Chaisson, the festival’s director, said in a release. She added that it has long been an audience request that the festival continue offering screenings after the official October event. “We live in a film-savvy community, but many of the best new releases never make it to our theaters,” added Andrea Grover, executive director of Guild Hall.

The screenings will be at 6 p.m. and tickets cost $15, $12 for HIFF and Guild Hall members. Additional screenings will be announced in coming weeks at Tickets can be purchased online at

The blog and its headline have been modified from the original posting to inidicate that the series is not limited to the winter season only. The organizers plan to have year-round programming.

A scene from "Faces Places" with the artist JR and the filmmaker Agnes Varda