Once again, Anderson Le, Program Director for the Hawaii International Film Festival, and the HIFF team has selected over 170 films screening on Oahu, October 30 through November 9 and November 13-16 on the Big Island & Kauai that will delight and thrill audiences of all ages. Tickets go on sale September 26, for HIFF members and Oct 2nd for the general public. Following are some of the selections.
HIFF will present the US premiere of The Vancouver Asahi, a classic film set in Vancouver, in the 1930s. This is the true story of the Asahi baseball team, consisting of 2nd generation Japanese immigrants with moments of humor and humanity from director Yuya Ishii. The opening night screening is at Ward at 8pm.
The Imitation Game with Benedict Cumberbatch playing the genius British mathematician, logician, cryptologist and computer scientist who led the charge to crack the German Enigma Code that helped the Allies win WWII. Norwegian director Morten Tyldum has delivered a film rumored for a Best Picture nomination. The Weinstein Company produced this film, which opens nation-wide in in November, but you can see it first at HIFF. Screenings at Dole are Wednesday, November 05, at 8:00pm; and Sunday, November 09 at 5:00PM.
Aim High In Creation is an humorous Australian documentary that engages the audience and gives a pleasant view about the North Korean people. The film is intriguing. Screenings at Dole are are Tuesday, Nov. 04 at 6pm and Wednesday Nov 5 at 3pm.
The Babadook conjures monsters. This Australian supernatural horror film is a tale of parent and child in an old, dark house where things go bump in the night. Writer-director Jennifer Kent creates a film that touches on serious themes of loss, grief and demons. Screenings at Dole are Sunday, Nov 02 at 8:15pm and Friday, Nov 07 at 9:00pm.
Bang Bang is a Bollywood film. There are always entertaining. This one features all the elements including a sizzling chemistry between the female and male characters leads. Screenings at Dole are Thursday, November 06, at 5:30pm and Saturday, November 08, at 11:00am.
Banting From Singapore’s is Papahan Films debut comedy. A young Muslim girl in a strick household finds secretly signs up as a wrestler. Screenings at Dole are Sunday, Nov 02 at 4:45PM and Tuesday, November 04, at 3:00PM.
Beloved Sisters This German film tells a story of a complicated relationship between the post-enlightenment writer and philosopher Friedrich Schiller and three sisters. The Directed and writer Dominik Graf has an exceptionally sense of the relationship between the personal and the political. Lavish costumes add to this well produced film. Screenings at Dole on Friday, October 31 at 6:30pm and Saturday, November 1 at 11am.
Charlie’s Country is the third film in an informal trilogy of collaborations between writer/director Rolf de Heer and actor David Gulpilil. The film has power and carries the audience through a reflection and critical analysis of contemporary Australia. Screenings at Dole are Saturday, November 01, at 8PM and Monday, November 03, at 3:30pm.
Ecotherapy Getaway Holiday is a HIFF Word Premier from Japan. Seven middle-aged/elderly women take part in a tour to see a picturesque water fall. Their male guide soon disappears while deep within in the mountains without cellphone service. Screenings at Dole are Sunday, November 02, at 5:30pm and Sunday, November 09, at 6:30pm.
The Furthest End Awaits a quietly moving portrait of the friendship between two women. The film’s original story was inspired by this wondrous boat house café at the farthest reaches of Japan. Screenings at Dole are Monday, November 03, at 5:4pm and Saturday, November 08, 4:45PM.
Hader is a Bollywood adaptation of Shakespeare’s ‘Hamlet.’ Screenings at Dole are Friday, October 31, at 8:30pm and Thursday November 06, at 8:30pm.
Man From Reno A Japanese crime novelist and a small town sheriff are lured into the same strange murder mystery. The film makes clever use of the Japanese-English language divide. Cinematographer Richard Wong work is notable. Screenings at Dole are Friday, October 31 at 9:15pm and Tuesday, November 04, at 8PM. It screens at the Koko Marina on Sunday, November 09 at 7:30pm.
Mr. Turner The film’s 19th-century world is vividly brought to life. The topsy-turvy life of J.M.W. Turner in an exquisitely detailed, brilliantly acted biopic. Screening at Dole is Friday, November 07, at 8pm.
In Order of Disappearance Norwegian director Hans Petter Moland has a firm grasp on the pacing, progressively building the suspense. “As the situation escalates toward a Mexican standoff of which even Sam Peckinpah would be proud,” writes Variety’s Peter Debruge, Chief International Film Critic. Screenings at Dole are Sunday, November 02 at 8pm and Wednesday, Nov 5th at 8:15pm.
See you at the movies!