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Louis Vuitton Hawai'i presents

The 23rd Hawaii International Film Festival

by Natalia Casas, A&E editor


The 23rd annual Hawai‘i International Film Festival, sponsored by Louis Vuitton of Hawai‘i, kicks off Oct. 30, and will continue through Nov. 9 with films showing at Signature Dole Cannery Theatres, the Doris Duke Theatre at the Honolulu Academy of Arts, and Hawai‘i Theatre Center. Hiff’s goal is to present films that inform, excite, and motivate the community. Its main focus is to display different people and cultures through cinema from Asia and the Pacific Rim, Europe, Latin American, as well as Asian Music video programs and a retrospective of Shaw Brothers martial arts films.

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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 Warriors, 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, Monday though Saturday, noon to 10:30 p.m., Sunday 11 a.m. to 10:30 p.m.


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