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In the Swim on Opening Night

Mon, 08/07/2023 - 16:11
A scene from "Nyad" captures Annette Bening as the marathon swimmer making her way from Cuba to Florida in a record-breaking trip she completed in her 60s.
Courtesy of Netflix

You're not imagining it. The days are getting shorter and the nights are taking on more of a chill. And now, HamptonsFilm has announced the opening night film of its annual Hamptons International Film Festival. On Oct. 5, the festival will begin with the East Coast premiere of Elizabeth Chai Vasarhelyi and Jimmy Chin's "Nyad."

To be released on Netflix, it is the first narrative feature for the duo, who have won Emmy, Academy, and BAFTA awards for their documentaries. They are known for films such as "Free Solo" and this year's "Wild Life." They were most recently represented at HIFF with "The Rescue" in 2021.

"Vasarhelyi and Chin are two of this generation's most compelling storytellers," David Nugent, artistic director of HIFF, said, "and 'Nyad' is further proof that their creativity and eye for filmmaking knows no bounds."

Starring Annette Bening, the story concerns Diana Nyad's first-ever swim from Cuba to Florida over open water at the age of 64. It is based on Ms. Nyad's book "Find a Way."

The swim, which lasted 53 hours and covered 110 miles, was completed without a shark cage in dangerous waters. Jodie Foster and Rhys Ifans also star. Ms. Vasarhelyi will be on hand to discuss the movie after its screening. 

This year's festival will take place Oct. 5 to 12, with screenings, talks, and parties across the South Fork. Passes and packages will go on sale on the website beginning Sept. 5. Additional programming will be announced in the coming weeks. 

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