Here’s a sneak peek at some of the films that will be playing in the 14th Annual HIFF Spring Showcase, April 1-7 2011. The full program of films & schedule will be announced the first week of March.
France 2011 | French w/ English subtitles | 90 mins
Big man, big hair, big motorcycle. Gérard Depardieu gets a tailor-made, tour-de-force role in this picaresque tale from the creators of the 2005 EUFF attraction AALTRA. He plays Serge, a former slaughterhouse worker whose recent retirement has left him as restless as a caged bear. When he finds out that missing paperwork is holding up his pension payments, Serge gets his 1973 Münch Mammut motorcycle out of mothballs and sets off to collect the required signatures from ten past employers who have scattered far and wide.
7 MURDERS FORGIVEN
India 2011 | Hindi w/ English Subtitles | 143 mins
Based on the short story by Ruskin Bond, 7 MURDERS FORGIVEN is a love story that spans 35 years between a beautiful and charismatic woman and her 7 husbands. Susanna Anna-Marie Johannes (Priyanka Chopra – FASHION) is a beautiful woman who over the course of thirty-five odd years, gets married seven times. Six of her husbands die mysteriously, and the strange circumstances of their deaths make Susanna a prime suspect. Is Susanna a murderer or a romantic who is fated to be alone?
United States 2010 | English | 85 mins
Robert, an inanimate tire, suddenly and inexplicably comes to life. As Robert roams the bleak landscape, he discovers that he possesses terrifying telepathic powers that give him the ability to destroy anything he wishes without having to move. At first content to prey on small desert creatures and various discarded objects, his attention soon turns to humans, especially a beautiful and mysterious woman who crosses his path. Leaving a swath of destruction across the desert landscape, Robert becomes a chaotic force to be reckoned with.
KABUKI-ZA: FINAL CURTAIN
Japan 2010 | Japanese w/ English Subtitles | 160 mins
For the first time ever, the camera takes you inside and backstage of the historical Kabuki-za Theater, the main home ground of the Kabuki performance in Tokyo. The Kabuki-za (the 4th generation building – rebuilt after WWII) will end its years of history on April 2010, to be closed for 4 years to be renovated to a new building. 11 main actors, who had grown up on stage of the Kabuki-za navigate us into the heart of the theater, looking back at the best performances ever, the players, the background creation of the stage, and the last day of Kabuki-za. A Kabuki version of THAT’S ENTERTAINMENT! this would be a documentary that would take you to the world of Kabuki like you have never experienced.