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Hey’yo, it’s me, reporting from THE HIFF LOUNGE. Tucked away on the second floor of Dole Cannery, just an escalator ride up, there’s an oasis brought to you by our friends at concept furniture boutique fishcake.

Bigger and better than before, it’s basically, the perfect arena to do what I’m doing now: eat something/anything/everything, have a post-screening discussion with friends on the merits of mumblecore, log onto some free wi-fi brought you by Verizon, while waiting to see BLANK CITY for the second time (or whatever else NOT cool people do before noon).












If there’s one thing I learned from the documentary Helvetica or this year’s ART + DESIGN series, it’s that I’m not alone in judging businesses based on their font selection. I don’t see any Papyrus within a half-mile radius of this joint, so HIFF and fishcake are guilty of nothing here.

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Photos – HIFF 30 Day 1

Here are some photos from the first day of HIFF. Photos by Rae Huo & Zakka Photography.

Xiao Dou & Dongyu Zhou give us a shaka

New Korean Film MIDNIGHT FM and two HIFF 30 Button Screenings Added!

We’ve just added three film screenings. Two are free screenings if you have a HIFF 30 button, and the last is a Korean thriller. You can obtain a HIFF 30 button at any screening or the box office with a donation of $10 or more.

MIDNIGHT FM (South Korea)
Sunday, October 24 | 8:00 PM | Regal Dole Cannery

[img_assist|nid=479|title=|desc=|link=url|url=|align=right|width=301|height=172]Sun-young is a popular radio DJ with a big fan base for a cinema music midnight program that is aired live. She is a perfectionist who has built a successful career for the past 7 years, but when her daughter is in need of an operation overseas, she decides to quit. She prepares for her final show from song selections and comments down to the smallest details. During the show, she receives a call from a listener named Dong-soo. He tells her that she must follow his orders while she hosts her live radio show, or her family’s lives are at stake, and threatens that she can’t tell anyone. Without knowing what he wants and why this is happening to her, she continues her 2 hour radio program to save her family as they get killed one by one.


HIFF 30 Button Screenings

OLD DAMIEN ROAD (Germany, Hawaii)
Tuesday, October 19 | 4:45 PM | Regal Dole Cannery

HIFF is honored to celebrate its 30th anniversary with this return engagement screening of one of the Festival’s most beloved supporters, German journalist, academic and filmmaker Christa Maerker and in honor of the late Bernard Punikaia. The film originally played at HIFF in 1993.

Ms Maerker talks to the inhabitants of the Kalaupapa settlement and listens to their stories. The most impressive moments are all meetings with Bernard Punikaia, the lead through her film, who has been sick since he was 5 years old and has endured his fate with remarkable courage. He always helped his fellow patients and was rightly compared to Father Damien.


Sunday, October 24 | 9:30 AM | Regal Dole Cannery

The original cast of Gabriele Muccino’s THE LAST KISS are reunited after 10 years. Carlo and his friends, now married (or separated) with kids and mortgages to cover, strengthen their bonds, discover new relationships, and rekindle old passions in their search for enduring love. A life-affirming homage to romance.


Yeah, yeah, yeah, blogs are cool because I get to tyPE LiKez thIZZz and mess with my fonts and get away with it — all in real time. Which makes print press coverage (not a dead medium, I don’t care what anyone says!) all the more certified.


So considering we’re all over their Art/Entertainment section this week, it’s only fitting that right outside Dole Cannery Theatre, directly under our vinyl HIFF banner, there’s a little red vendor stocked with Honolulu Weekly-s. Can someone spell F-A-T-E?

HIFF has 8 films submitted for the Best Foreign Language Film at the Oscars!

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Every year there are 5 finalists for the Best Foreign Language Film category at the Oscars. At this time, 65 countries have submitted their best film to be considered for the award. Out of those 65 films in contention, HIFF is now screening eight of them: CARANCHO, NUUMMIOQ, ECHOES OF THE RAINBOW, PEEPLI LIVE, SON OF BABYLON, CONFESSIONS, MONGA, UNCLE BOONMEE WHO CAN RECALL HIS PAST LIVES.

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The official start of HIFF is just a few hours away! Here’s an inside glimpse at some of the team as they make those final last minute touches. For tomorrow anyway…

**Director’s Note: I took all these with my state-of-the-art(-at-the-time) 5 mgpxl camera phone. So let’s just consider this like, the equivalent of a 16mm film camera and call it “artistic license.”

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Our Mr. Moviefones of the HIFF box office selling tickets left and right, in person, off the web, on phones with cords on them.

Peek at more after the click…


Presented by Hawaii News Now, each year HIFF gives out the coveted “Audience Choice Award” as reflected by our festival attendees. Who’s taking home the Tiffany & Co. designed trophy this year? Inside scoop from the box office says there’s a lot of pre-screening buzz around SUMMER PASTURE, THE TEMPEST, WOOCHI, BOY, BODYGUARDS & ASSASSINS, and THE HOUSEMAID.





























Ballots will be distributed during the first screenings only of every eligible film. No pen, pencils, or I.D. required, just your superior cinephile taste. Now this part is important: Tear along the bottom of the ballot on a range of 1 (terrible) to 5 (excellent) — I know, super high-tech, but I mean, this is HIFF 2010.



UNDER THE HAWTHORN TREE directed by auteur Zhang Yimou is our Opening Film at HIFF this year!

Zhang Yimou knows how to wrap up heroic cieling-to-floor costumes, tense traditional drama, jaw-dropping cinematography, and the entire color wheel up in a single frame. I mean, remember HERO? THE HOUSE OF FLYING DAGGERS? How about the Opening Ceremony of the Beijing Olympics?

Zhang Yimou’s latest (and our Opening Night film, don’t forget it) is a more basic return to storytelling: a coming of age tale with lost of innocence themes told through the star-crossed relationship of a young city girl and country boy from different socio-economic backgrounds set against the Cultural Revolution of 1970s China. Bring tissues!

Also, did I mention that Zhang Yimou is here?! At HIFF?! This year?! Epic!

HIFF 2010 Festival Trailer unveiled!

If you haven’t seen it yet, here’s the HIFF 2010 Festival Trailer, created by Brett Wagner; concept developed by Wagnervision and OrangeRoc. Enjoy!


The most-anticipated film at HIFF 2010 according to our online Facebook poll (100% unscientific, 200% I-don’t-care), the winner is made-in-Maui comedy GET A JOB! Job or not, get your tickets anyway!

GET A JOB directed by Brian Kohne

Willie K. and Eric Gilliom lead a cast of cuhhhraaaazy characters including Augie T., Jake Shimabukuro, Henry Kapono, Amy Hanaiali’i, Charles Ka’upu, Ernie Cruz Jr., Alaka’i Paleka, Mick Fleetwood, Willie Nelson, Pat Simmons, Marty Dread, my aunty and your uncle.

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