by Camilla Andersson, staff writer
|The first LVHIFF in 1981 had an audience of 5,000 for seven
films from six countries; 25 years later, the estimated crowd
was 65,000 from around the world. Since 1981, more than 950,000
people have attended this one-of-a-kind U.S. festival. It continues
to grow every year and has been called “one of the 10-best
film festivals around the world” by Travel & Leisure
The festival focuses on Asian movies, but contributions from
all over the world could be found on this year’s program.
Festival goers were able to enjoy nine world premiers and 17
U.S. premieres during the festival week. In addition, 48 Hawaiian-made
movies were screened.
Chuck Boller, executive director at LVHIFF, said that “This
year reflected the mission of promoting cultural understanding
through the medium of film.”
Every year the festival ends with an award show where both expert
juries and the audience choose their favourite movies from the
festival and recognize individuals who through their work in
the movie industry have become unforgettable.
This year the LVHIFF presented the Achievement in Acting award
to Samuel L. Jackson, whom they describe as a “rare cross-over
actor who can command multimillion dollar salaries and pack seats
in blockbusters year after year, while still making time to deliver
consistently unforgettable performances in ground-breaking, critically
acclaimed, independent films.”
The Lifetime Achievement Award was presented to Zhang Yimou whose
movies are widely celebrated for helping to introduce modern
Mainland Chinese cinema to the world.
During a press conference following the ceremony, Yimou said
that he was “honoured and privileged to accept the Lifetime
Yimou has been presented with a Vision in Film award at the 1995
festival, and LVHIFF has screened many of his films over the
years, some of them for what was the first and only time in the
United States. Yimou has been making films for 20 years, and
reflecting on these, he said they “have gone by fast, but
one of the things that lasts over the years is the great movies.”
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