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Oct 13, 2008 4:47 PMPublication: The East Hampton Press & The Southampton Press

At festival, premieres are the gold standard

Oct 13, 2008 4:47 PM

Last week, the duo was still finishing up work on the film, which includes footage from such recent events as the Republican National Convention, “We’re going to hand-deliver it to the festival on Friday,” a harried Ms. Stern said by phone last week as she was leaving a sound recording session in Manhattan.

“We wanted the film to come out before the election,” Ms. Stern continued. “We think [HIFF] is the right fit. It’s New York, and Naomi’s from New York. It’s got an influential crowd.”

Mr. Nugent is proud to be presenting so many world premieres, but he said that North American premieres (HIFF has 23 of those this year) are just as big of a deal, because “unless you were in the Czech Republic” and caught the world premiere of “Dancers,” a feature directed by Pernille Fischer Christensen, “you didn’t see this film.”

A few premieres of note at this year’s festival:

“Arn—The Knight Templar.” North American premiere of a war epic that is the most expensive Scandinavian film production ever, according to Variety.

“Eve.” North American premiere of a short film with Lauren Bacall and Ben Gazzara, marking Natalie Portman’s directorial debut. The film premiered out of competition at this year’s Venice International Film Festival.

“For My Father.” U.S. premiere of an Israeli film directed by Dror Zahavi about a would-be suicide bomber who gets a second chance at life, which won the audience award at this year’s Moscow International Film Festival.

“Snow.” World premiere of a film directed by Aida Begic, about women living in the village of Slavno after the war in Bosnia. The film won the grand prize at this year’s Critic’s Week at the Cannes Film Festival.

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