HIFF will present more than 150 features, film shorts, documentaries,
and seminars, from 34 countries, Australia, Canada, China,
Czech Republic, Denmark, Fiji, France, Germany, Hong Kong,
Iceland, India, Indonesia, Iran, Italy, Japan, Kazakhstan,
Korea, Luxembourg, Malaysia, Mexico, Myanmar, New Zealand,
Philippines, Singapore, South Korea, Spain, Sweden, Taiwan,
Thailand, Turkey, United Kingdom, United States, and Vanuatu.
Some 27 entries are are from Hawai‘i.
Some of the films that will be showing are The Company, about
a woman striving to become a professional dancer, starring
Neve Campbell. The Ride, directed by local film maker, Nathan
Kurosawa, is about an arrogant, money-driven professional surfer
from California who has a near death accident while in competition,
and who is rescued by Duke Kahanamoku. Kops, directed by Josef
Fares, is a Swedish comedy, about four cops trying to save
their jobs. Kops is Fares’ second movie after his successful
debut with Jalla Jalla that was shown in HIFF last year. Go
Further, starring Woody Harrelson, is about his bus trip with
a small group of people as they try and convince others that
there are other ways to go about environmentally destructive
behaviors. The Grudge, premiering on Halloween, is a Japanese
horror film about a murdered family, who take out their anger
on everyone they come in contact with. And there are many more
to look forward to.
Free seminars include The Eastman Kodak Seminar, a discussion
of the art and technique of cinematography, with Dean Semler,
recipient of the Kodak Vision award for Cinematography; Latin
American Cinema, with Dr. Paul Schroeder; and From Indie to
Hollywood, a Q & A session with screenwriter and producer
John Castro, about the independent film, The Debut.
Some films that have been premiered at previous festivals
are Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon, The Piano, Once Were
Shine, Shall We Dance, and Y Tu Mama Tambien.
Hiff is expecting an audience of some 60,000 and some 400
celebrities; actors, directors, and press members. Tickets
may be purchased
at Dole Signature Theatres. Box office hours are Oct. 21
through 30, noon to 6 p.m. and Oct. 30 through Nov. 9,
Saturday, noon to 10:30 p.m., Sunday 11 a.m. to 10:30 p.m.