Amid the HIFF hustle and bustle, I’m here to assure you there is a grand design to its programming. The Opening, Centerpiece, and Closing films create the spine of show, with the second acting as the beating heart of it all.
This year’s Centerpiece Presentation is the much anticipated THE TEMPEST by director Julie Taymor. Taymor is the mind behind the Beatles musical ACROSS THE UNIVERSE, Broadway’s re-imagining of THE LION KING, my personal fav FRIDA, and the upcoming SPIDERMAN THE MUSICAL (I can already hear the lyric, my spidey senses are TIIIIINNNNGLINGGGG / jazz hands).
The latest source material to get the Taymor Treatment is the play of the same name by William Shakespeare. Shot primarily on the islands of Lanai and the Big Island, these dream locations are populated by a dream cast including Helen Mirren, Alfred Molina, Russell Brand, Djimon Hounsou, Chris Cooper, Alan Cumming, Ben Whishaw and Felicity Jones. Go ahead. Soak that sentence in. And then snag your tickets for the two sure-to-sell-out screenings!
THE TEMPEST (2010) directed by Julie Taymor