People love going to the movies but most never take advantage of watching the many quality films presented during a film festival. Here is an opportunity for residents (and visitors) to see some great European films during the Fifth Annual EuroCinema Hawaii Film Festival, set to screen October 30 through November 9 at Dole Cannery Theatre. Film tickets are available at http://program.hiff.org/schedule/.
Founding Board Member and award-winning producer, Chris Lee said, “We are very proud to celebrate EuroCinema Hawaii’s fifth year with the best slate of films to date. From The Imitation Game, starring Sherlock’s Benedict Cumberbatch, to Marion Cotillard in the Dardenne Brothers’ Two Days One Night, and Timothy Spall in his Cannes Film Festival ‘Best Actor Performance’ as Mr. Turner, this is a must-see line up films from the finest premieres throughout Europe.”
EuroCinema Hawaii / Germany / Austria 2014
1788 in Rudolstadt, a small provincial town in Germany. The beautiful Caroline von Beulwitz is unhappily married, longing for love and life. Charlotte von Lengefeld, her shy sister, dreams of finding a husband. The two are a heart and soul, until HE enters their lives: Friedrich Schiller, the man who wrote “The Robbers”, an overnight sensation, the espouser of proto-revolutionary republican ideals. Through the hot summer the two women compete for the same man.
Eurocinema Hawaii / France 2014
THE BLUE ROOM begins with a series of lushly romantic, semi erotic scenes, introducing salesman Julien and his mistress, Esther, as they make love while the world goes on outside. But their intense trysts are soon interrupted by the questions of an examining magistrate as the story jumps ahead in time to show Julien under arrest. This deconstructed romantic crime thriller mysteriously unfolds as the courthouse drama and the past events of the two lovers becomes clear…
CLOUDS OF SILS-MARIA
EuroCinema Hawaii / Switzerland / Germany / France 2014
At the peak of her international career, Maria Enders (Juliette Binoche) is asked to perform in a revival of the play that made her famous twenty ago. But back then she played the role of Sigrid, an alluring young girl who disarms and eventually drives her boss Helena to suicide. Now she is being asked to step into the other role, that of the older Helena. She departs with her assistant (Kristen Stewart) to rehearse in Sils Maria; a remote region of the Alps. A young Hollywood starlet (Chloe Grace Moretz) with a penchant for scandal is to take on the role of Sigrid, and Maria finds herself on the other side of the mirror, face to face with an ambiguously charming woman who is, in essence, an unsettling reflection of herself.
THE HUMAN CAPITAL
EuroCinema Hawaii / Italy 2014
HUMAN CAPITAL begins at the end, as a cyclist is run off the road by a careening SUV. As details emerge of the events leading up to the accident, the lives of the well-to-do Bernaschi family, will unexpectedly intertwine with the Rovellis, struggling to keep their comfortable middle-class life. Paolo Virzi’s taut character study deconstructs the linear narrative, presenting a nuanced account of desire, greed and the value of human life in an age of rampant capitalism.
IN ORDER OF DISAPPEARANCE
EuroCinema Hawaii / Norway 2014
Nils (Stellan Skarsgard) snow ploughs the wild winter mountains of Norway, and is recently awarded Citizen of the Year. When his son is murdered for something he did not do, Nils wants revenge. And justice. His actions ignites a war between the vegan gangster “The Count” and the Serbian mafia boss “Papa”. Winning a blood feud isn’t easy. Especially not in welfare state. But Nils has something going for him: Heavy machinery and beginner¹s luck.
THE IMITATION GAME
EuroCinema Hawaii / UK / USA
Alan Turing (Benedict Cumberbatch), a brilliant Cambridge mathematician, cryptanalyst and computer scientist, is enlisted by his country during World War II to break Nazi codes, and is later persecuted by the government for being homosexual.
MARRIAGE ITALIAN STYLE
EuroCinema Hawaii / Italy 1964
Vittorio De Sica’s MARRIAGE ITALIAN STYLE, features Sophia Loren and Marcello Mastroianni in an emblematic portrait of Italian society, as two lovers who meet during WWII and for the next 22 years, dance around the fate of marriage, even when other obstacles and people get in the way, in a personification of Neapolitan culture.
EuroCinema is proud to present the 4k digital restoration of this Italian classic. The Festival will be
presenting the new 4k digital restoration that debuted at Cannes this year.
EuroCinema Hawaii / UK 2014
MR TURNER explores the last quarter century of the great if eccentric British painter J.M.W. Turner (1775-1851). Profoundly affected by the death of his father, loved by a housekeeper he takes for granted and occasionally exploits sexually, he forms a close relationship with a seaside landlady with whom he eventually lives incognito in Chelsea, where he dies. Throughout this, he travels, paints, stays with the country aristocracy, visits brothels, is a popular if anarchic member of the Royal Academy of Arts, has himself strapped to the mast of a ship so that he can paint a snowstorm, and is both celebrated and reviled by the public and by royalty.
STATIONS OF THE CROSS
EuroCinema Hawaii / Germany 2014
Maria is 14 years old and her family is fundamentalist Catholic. Maria lives her everyday life in the modern world, yet her heart belongs to Jesus. She wants to follow him, to become a saint and go to heaven – just like all those holy children she’s always been told about. So Maria goes through 14 stations, just like Jesus did on his path to Golgatha, and reaches her goal in the end. Not even Christian, a boy she meets at school, can stop her, even if in another world, they might have become friends, or even more. Left behind is a broken family that finds comfort in faith, and the question if all these events were really so inevitable.
TWO DAYS, ONE NIGHT
Eurocinema Hawaii / France 2014
After taking a leave of absence for health reasons, Sandra (Marion Cotillard) is soon to return to work when she finds out that her position will be cut. The only way to save her job is to convince her colleagues to give up their bonuses, and she has just one weekend to do it. The usually glamorous Cotillard melts into the film as a working class mother, in another superb social drama from Cannes winners the Dardenne Brothers.
A YEAR IN CHAMPAGNE
EuroCinema Hawaii / France 2014
Wine importer Martine Saunier tours six Champagne makers to see how they make their product, from small independent producers to the illustrious houses of Gosset and Bollinger. 2012 threatened to be ‘the year of all our fears.’ But most Champagne is not just the product of a specific year and its weather. Signature house styles are creations that happen behind closed doors and in the miles of cellars beneath Champagne. Pull back the curtain and see how the people of a cold, tough land with a grim history triumph in producing the drink of joy, seduction and celebration.
About EuroCinema Hawai’i
In 2010, EuroCinema Hawai’i announced their partnership with HIFF (www.hiff.org) creating a ‘festival within a festival.’ Thought-provoking, bold and nostalgic, film can change our perception of a country, cultural issue, or individual. Founded and Incorporated as a 501c3 in 2009, EuroCinema Hawai’i (ECH) is dedicated to cultural exchanges between the people of Europe and Hawai’i through film and to providing financial support to Hawaii-based creative media students. Our EuroCinema Festival is held in conjunction the Hawaii International Film Festival (HIFF) creating a festival within a festival and showcasing the very latest and best films of Europe.