Hawaii International Film Festival (HIFF) spring showcase is scheduled for April 4th through the 10th. Visit the HIFF web-site. The 15th Annual HIFF Spring Showcase will feature 35-40 international films from 13 countries. Here are some highlights.
At the Hawai’i Theatre, on opening night there will be a screening of the French film On My Way. The French film is directed and written by: Emmanuelle Bercot and stars Catherine Deneuve. It is a story of a women facing a failed relationship and a struggling restaurant. “I play a former beauty queen, living with her mother, owning a Brittany country restaurant, has an estranged daughter. Mother gets on her nerves, she goes on a road trip with her grandson," said Deneuve at Paris Theater. The film is being sponsored by EuroCinema Hawaii & HILuxury Magazine
The Little House is a Japanese film directed by the awarding winning Yoji Yamada. At the 64th Berlin International Film Festival, Haru Kuroki won the Silver Bear for Best Actress. It is based on the acclaimed novel by Kyoko the story tells about a clandestine affair in an upper middle-class Tokyo household in the period before and during World War II.
From China Firestorm directed by Alan Yuen tells the story of a policeman fighting mainland Chinese robbers on the rampage in Hong Kong. For those who love action, the car stunts are fast and furious.
The Korean film Marriage Blue is a montage of stories both romantic and funny. It explains as well as shows the good and bad side of getting married. The plot follows four couples which are Kim Hyo-Jin, Kim Kang-Woo, Lee Yeon-Hee, Ok Taecyeon, Ma Dong-Suk, Goo Jeol, Lee Hee-Joon, Go Joon-Hee, and Joo Ji-Hoon.
Closing night at the Hawai’i Theatre, the film Kumu Hina, tells the story of a transgender Native Hawaiian teacher and cultural leader. The film’s key character, Hinaleimoana Wong-Kalu, is a graduate of Kamehameha Schools who transitioned from male to female more than 20 years ago. The documentary is by Emmy Award-winning directors Dean Hamer & Joe Wilson and sponsored by Pacific Islanders in Communications.
See you at the movies!