“Fall”ing for the Hamptons at the 19th Annual Hamptons International Film Festival

Friday, October 21, 2011

The East End is undoubtedly quieter after Labor Day, but from October 13 to 17, it got a considerable dose of star power with a slew of HIFF screenings and private fetes.  One of the most coveted invitations was for festival sponsor Baume et Mercier’s star-studded Wolffer Estate party on Friday, October 14th, to toast this year’s “breakthrough performers.”

If you wanted to spot the hot young performers that everyone is buzzing about this season, this party was the place to be.  Fresh off a flight from Sweden, True Blood’s hottest vampire Alexander Skarsgard showed no traces of jet lag as the “Melancholia” star gamely posed with iPhone happy fans and mingled with fellow breakthrough honorees Erza Miller, Shailene Woodley, Anton Yelchin and Stine Fischer Christensen.   The stars and other attendees like former Mets manager Bobby Valentine (who premiered his new documentary “Pelotero” at the festival), Festival Chairman Stuart Suna, Mark Anker, and film directors Tim Fehlbaum and Lorrel Manning also enjoyed an exclusive preview of the luxury Swiss watchmaker’s Hampton collection, which was designed to reflect the brand’s seaside living style and to honor the role of these emerging talents as storytellers through their new motto: “life is about moments.” The collection launches this fall, and for updates check out

“We are thrilled to support the Hamptons International Film Festival and share in the success of the talented filmmakers that illustrate our brand motto,” said Rudy Chavez, President of Baume at Mercier North America.  Like Crazy star Anton Yelchin had his own take on the “moments” theme: “There are so many cell phones out tonight, that I think all of our guests will have captured enough moments and memories tonight to last a lifetime,” he  told AVENUEinsider.  Until the next star-packed party, at the very least.


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