That Tommy Lee Jones sure has some clout. His second film as director, The Homesman, screened to mixed reviews in competition at Cannes earlier this year, yet the post-Cannes environment has been nothing but kind to the film. Co-distributors Roadside Attractions will release the film in the US with a major awards campaign, and fellow distributors, upstarts Saban Films, will be pleased with the latest development: a centrepiece gala showing at the Hamptons International Film Festival. With big names in both cast and crew, the reportedly challenging Western may just be able to break into awards season. Lead Hilary Swank will participate in the festival's signature 'Conversation With...' programme. HIFF 2014 runs from the 9th to the 13th of October; The Homesman is released in the US on the 14th of November, and in the UK on the 21st.