WE NEED TO TALK ABOUT KEVIN (UK/USA)
directed by Lynne Ramsay | View Trailer
Presented by EuroCinema Hawaii
Straight from this year’s Cannes Film Festival, this dark drama stars the incomparable Tilda Swinton as the mother of a teenage boy who went on a high-school killing spree. She tries to deal with her grief — and feelings of responsibility for her child’s actions — by writing to her estranged husband played by John C. Reilly.
JIRO DREAMS OF SUSHI (Japan/USA)
directed by David Gelb | View Trailer
In the basement of a Tokyo office building, 85 year old sushi master Jiro Ono works tirelessly in his world renowned restaurant, Sukiyabashi Jiro. As his son Yoshikazu faces the pressures of stepping into his father’s shoes and taking over the legendary restaurant, Jiro relentlessly pursues his lifelong quest to create the perfect piece of sushi.
BEING ELMO: A PUPPETEER’S JOURNEY (USA)
directed by Constance Marks | View Trailer
The film traces Kevin Clash’s rise from his modest beginnings in Baltimore to his current success as the man behind Elmo, one of the world’s most recognizable and adored characters. Millions of children tune in daily to watch Elmo, yet when Kevin walks down the street he is not recognized. Pivotal to the film is the exploration of Jim Henson’s meteoric rise, and Kevin’s ultimate achievement of his goal to become part of the Henson family of puppeteers. In addition to puppeteering Elmo, Mr. Clash is arguably the creative force behind today’s Sesame Street, producing, directing and traveling around the globe training other puppeteers. Includes interviews with Frank Oz, Rosie O’Donnell, Whoopi Goldberg, Carroll Spinney, Joan Ganz Cooney, Marty Robinson, Fran Brill, and Bill Barretta.