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Oct 5, 2010 9:50 AMPublication: The East Hampton Press & The Southampton Press

New Schnabel film 'Miral' to screen at HIFF

Oct 5, 2010 9:50 AM

Montauk summer resident Julian Schnabel will present his new film, “Miral,” at the Hamptons International Film Festival this weekend, and the artist and director will also be featured in HIFF’s “A Conservation With” series.

Mr. Schnabel, the director of such acclaimed films as “The Diving Bell and the Butterfly” and “Before Night Falls,” received international attention in the 1980s for his large-scale paintings set on broken ceramic plates. His latest effort, “Miral,” is based on the novel of the same name by Palestinian journalist Rula Jebreal. The film premiered at the Venice Film Festival in September and will have its American debut on Friday as one of HIFF’s spotlight films.

The director is slated to present the premiere screening in person, and he will be interviewed in front of a live audience Friday at 4 p.m. at Guild Hall in East Hampton for “A Conversation With Julian Schnabel.”

Filmed in Jerusalem and Tel Aviv, “Miral” stars 25-year-old Indian actress Freida Pinto as the titular character, an orphaned Palestinian girl growing up in the wake of the first Arab-Israeli war who finds herself drawn into the conflict. Ms. Pinto is known for playing the female lead in the 2008 Academy Awards Best Picture winner, “Slumdog Millionaire.”

She is also set to star in a “Planet of the Apes” prequel, “Rise of the Apes.”

Ms. Pinto will participate in “Meet the Actors” on Saturday at noon, a roundtable discussion with all eight of the festival’s “breakthrough performers.” Rajendra Roy, the Celeste Bartos chief curator of film at the Museum of Modern Art and former programming director for HIFF, will moderate the discussion.

“A Conversation With Julian Schnabel” is slated for 4 p.m. on Friday, October 8. Tickets are $30.

“Miral” will be screened at 6:30 p.m. on Friday, October 8, and again at 7:45 on Saturday, October 9, at the United Artists East Hampton movie theater. Tickets are $27.

“Meet The Actors” will be held at noon on Saturday, October 9, at the First Presbyterian Church session house, 120 Main Street, East Hampton. Tickets are $10.

Advance tickets may be ordered online at hamptonsfilmfest.org, by calling 866-663-8541, or at Design Within Reach, 30 Park Place, East Hampton, second floor.

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