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ZUBAAN and THE MAN WHO KNEW INFINITY showcase the diverse range of Indian cinema at 2016 HIFF Spring Showcase presented by Halekulani

Two Indian films have been included into this year’s official 2016 Spring Showcase program and they are fresh from their major film festival runs. ZUBAAN, an Indian musical drama that presents a modern twist to the traditional Bollywood musical, recently was the Opening Night Film at the Busan Film Festival, Asia’s biggest film festival, where it screened for 5,000 attendees! The second film, is the UK/India production THE MAN WHO KNEW INFINITY, starring SLUMDOG MILLIONAIRE’s Dev Patel and…

European Films present the best in international cinema at 2016 HIFF Spring Showcase presented by Halekulani

Although HIFF has a strong focus on Asia and Pacific Rim film programming, the festival is truly international and for this year’s HIFF Spring Showcase presented by Halekulani, we have yet another strong lineup of award winning and festival buzz worthy films from Europe. Many of these films are from well established filmmakers starring some of the best actors working in cinema today such as Tom Hiddleston, Sienna Miller, Catherine Frot and Kate Beckinsale. Two films in particular ar…

Straight outta Sundance & SXSW — Check out these awards buzz films playing at HIFF Spring Showcase

Love award winning independent cinema? To you follow what were the big breakout hits from major festivals like Sundance, SXSW and Toronto? Many buzz worthy films started their journey there and have gone on to box office and sometimes, Oscar gold. The HIFF Spring Showcase once again is presenting these early buzz titles that just premiered at Sundance and SXSW just a few weeks ago, so be in the now and grab that opportunity to see these Hawaii festival premieres before they hit a local theatr…

Local flavor and biographies reign in the documentary selection at HIFF Spring Showcase 2016

Documentary lovers! HIFF has got you covered at the 2016 Spring Showcase. There is something for everyone in this Spring’s program featuring seven documentary programs including three local feature films, and two award-winners from the 2015 fall Festival, along with food, sake, lava, spies, kidnapping, art, and culture. Read on to find out about all the great HIFF Docs this…

Films about Pacific Islanders shine at 2016 HIFF Spring Showcase

Films from Pacific Islanders will always be a main focus in HIFF’s film programming. For the upcoming 2016 HIFF Spring Showcase presented by Halekulani, the film programmers have picked 6 films that represent the broad spectrum of genres, perspectives and stories about and by the first peoples of the Pacific Rim. These selections range from a wildly popular coming-of-age film that was a huge hit at Sundance to return engagements of audience favorites from the previous fall festival, to…

Japanese Film Fare at HIFF Spring Showcase 2016

Love Japanese movies? No Spring Showcase would be complete without some of the hottest Japanese films from the last year, and Spring Showcase 2016 does not disappoint. This Spring we’ve got a little something for every type of Japanese film fan, from Gangster comedy and period drama, to ‘obake’ thriller and indie romance. We’ve even got a little sake documentary to whet your appetite. Read on to find out about the six Japanese films at Spring Showcas…

Nominate HIFF to receive a $25,000 grant from Servco Pacific, Inc. — Deadline is this Friday!

Servco Pacific, Inc, is giving back to the community and they are giving 10 non-profit organizations each a $25,000 grant. However, the non-profits must be nominated and whoever gets the most votes, will be in the final 10! The Hawaii International Film Festival, as a non-profit, constantly faces financial challenges and if we are able to secure a final slot, the grant would help HIFF continue onward in presenting and promoting cultural exchange and career development via an internationa…

RYUZO AND HIS SEVEN HENCHMEN Video Review

By Dominic Schweingruber (Ebert Young Writers Participant)

Here is a video review of the film Ryuzo and his Seven Henchmen directed by Takeshi Kitano. The reviewer is Dominic Schweingruber, a participant in this year’s inaugural Ebert Foundaton Young Writers for the Arts program.

As a part of our Ebert Young Writers Program for the Arts, we will be publishing the participants reviews and interviews they produce for the workshop on the official HIFF…

SEOUL SEARCHING is the 80’s teen comedy you’ve been looking for

By Jordan Csigi (Ebert Young Writers Participant)

Benson Lee’s 80’s comedy was the most fun I had during this year’s Hawaii Internation Film Festival. If you liked any of the John Hughes films in the past such as The Breakfast Club, Ferris Bueller’s Day Off or Sixteen Candles (minus Long Duk Dong), Seoul Searching is a must see.

The movie takes place in South Korea at a government camp for foreign born teenagers to learn more about their culture. The three main protagonists…

ZINNIA FLOWER: Video Review

By Brennan Brown (Ebert Young Writers Participant) 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LBBeh_HNYvU

As a part of our Ebert Young Writers Program for the Arts, we will be publishing the participants reviews and interviews they produce for the workshop on the official HIFF…

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