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HIFF Breakthrough Performance Program

Originally Posted: October 01, 2010

East Hampton - This year the Hamptons International Film Festival (HIFF) will again pair their Rising Stars program with European Film Promotion's (EFP) renowned Shooting Stars initiative which is financially supported by the MEDIA program of the European Union, in the festival's Breakthrough Performers Program.

Breakthrough Performers has successfully sought out and supported new promising actors in film and grown into a dynamic, enriched program which includes intimate gatherings with directors, producers, writers, veteran actors and prominent industry executives who will attend the festival this year.

Dedicated to honoring outstanding new talent from around the world, this year's Rising Stars are, Freida Pinto ("Miral"), Brittany Robertson ("The Family Tree"), Jessica Chastain ("The Debt), and The Shooting Stars are Zrinka Cvitešić from Croatia ("On the Path"), Anaďs Demoustier ("Sweet Evil") from France and Pihla Viitala ("Bad Family") from Finland. This blend of culture and art will make for an explosion of talent and excitement in the Hamptons.

Oscar nominee Stanley Tucci ("The Devil Wears Prada," "Julie and Julia," "The Lovely Bones") will mentor this up-and-coming talent during the festival. Past mentors have included Sharon Stone, Gena Rowlands, Joan Allen, Ellen Burstyn, Robert Altman, Miranda Richardson, Vanessa Redgrave, Frances McDormand and current board member Alec Baldwin.

According to Executive Director, Karen Arikian, "This is the third year that we are partnering with European Film Promotion to present this program of up and coming international talent. I am pleased that this collaboration has been so successful, that we have been able to recognize and honor some of Europe's most exciting young actors from EFP's impressive roster of talent."

"As the second decade of the Rising Stars Program nears the focus of this program is on the shared multi-cultural talent of promising young actors," says Lina Todd, Rising Stars Program director. "This is the first year that we are honoring an Indian actor, the exquisitely talented Freida Pinto, along with two stunning and talented Americans, Jessica Chastain and Brittany Robertson. Our exciting program with Stanley Tucci mentoring will be an influential exchange of ideas, experiences, and creativity."

 • Jessica Chastain stars in John Madden's "The Debt," which is making its U.S. premiere as the Centerpiece film of the festival. She will next be seen starring opposite Brad Pitt in Terrence Malick's "Tree of Life," and has signed on to star as Desdemona in the classic play "OTHELLO" opposite Philip Seymour Hoffman which will begin its run in Vienna next Spring, and come to New York next Fall.

 • Freida Pinto will attend the festival alongside her "Miral" director Julian Schnabel for the film's U.S. premiere. Pinto is best known for her work in Danny Boyle's "Slumdog Millionaire," for which she won a Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture and was nominated for a BAFTA Award for Best Actress in a Supporting Role.

 • Brittany Robertson presents the East Coast premiere of "The Family Tree," in which she stars with Hope Davis and Durmot Mulroney. She also stars in another festival selection, the indie dramedy "Cherry," directed by Jeffrey Fine. She is best known for her starring role as Lux on the CW's drama "Life Unexpected," and was recently seen in the film "Mother and Child," directed by Rodrigo Garcia and starring Naomi Watts.

 • Zrinka Cvitešic (Coatia) stared in Competition at this year's Berlinale in "On the Path" by Jasmila Žbanic. This excellent film, to be presented at HIFF, offers a complex look at various strains of Islam in contemporary Bosnia. Zrinka moreover was acclaimed for her performance in "What is a Man without a Moustache" by Hrvoje Hribar and "Horseman" by Branko Ivanda. Supported by the Croatian Audiovisual Centre.

 • Anaďs Demoustier (France) will present the film "Sweet Evil" by Olivier Coussemacq at HIFF. Her role as a 15 year-old girl who is constantly on the move since her mother's imprisonment, won her a Best Actress Award at this year´s Karlovy Vary International Film Festival. Recently, Anaďs was seen alongside Juliette Binoche in Malgorzata Szumowska's "Sponsoring." Supported by Unifrance.

 • Pihla Viitala (Finland) most recently had a role in the Aki Kaurismäki's production "Bad Family" by Äleksi Salmenperä, which premiered in the Panorama section of the 2010 Berlin International Film Festival and will now be screened at HIFF. Together with Damian Lewis she will soon be playing a lead role in the UK film "Man is a Wolf to Man" (Santana Brothers) which is shooting in South America this autumn. Last year she appeared in HIFF selection, "Tears of April," the award winning drama by Aku Louhimies. Supported by the Finnish Film Foundation.

About HIFF
The Hamptons International Film Festival was founded to celebrate the Independent film - long, short, fiction and documentary - and to introduce a unique, varied spectrum of international films and filmmakers to the public. The Festival is committed to exhibiting films that express fresh voices and differing global perspectives, with the hope that these programs will enlighten audiences, provide invaluable exposure for filmmakers and present inspired entertainment for all. The Hamptons International Festival headquarters are located at the beautiful c/o The Maidstone Hotel on Main Street in East Hampton.

For more information about the 2010 Festival go to www.hamptonsfilmfest.org.

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Guest (Guest) from CA says::
While Freida Pinto is very pretty, I think to describe her as "exquisitely talented" is laughable. It just comes across like an attempt to distract from the poor reviews she has received and diminishes the notable talent of other new actors like Zrinka Cvitešic. If Hollywood is going to have a token Indian actor it should at least pick someone who really can act.
Oct 5, 2010 9:30 am


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