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HIFF Spring Showcase Programmer’s Picks: Anderson’s Recommendations for Opening Weekend

The 2015 HIFF Spring Showcase starts today! We’re very excited to finally show the 34 (we just added another film, DETECTIVE K: SECRET OF THE ISLAND, a few days ago) films from 11 countries that will unspool for the next 10 days in Honolulu. Although the spring showcase is about 1/3 the size of our main film festival in the fall, it can still be daunting to make a decision on what films to see.

Well, that’s where I am here to help! As director of programming, I’ve seen every film that we’v…

Indie spirit shines at 2015 HIFF Spring Showcase (with films straight from Sundance)

Are you a total DIYer who loves the maker movement, shops at In4mation, follows PowWow Hawaii, reads Lucky Peach and Flux Hawaii, hangs out at Morning Glass, and shops regularly at Art + Flea and their new shop Mori? Or do have you discovered your inner cineaste by delving into the French New Wave in college, watch the Criterion collection on your Hulu Plus account, or can’t wait for the next Wes Anderson joint?

Then, you, my hip friend, will love these cool, indie spirit-filled and…

Spotlight on Chinese Cinema at Spring Showcase 2015

In addition to the blockbuster Closing Night Film COMING HOME, the Hawaii International Film Festival is bringing four other fantastic Chinese films to our HIFF audience. Comedy, romance, drama, and action, these four titles have something for every movie fan. See below for details on all five of thes…

Spotlight on Maori filmmakers with New Zealand hits at Spring Showcase

Fresh from the Toronto Film Festival, HIFF has two of the biggest New Zealand titles of 2014 at this year’s Spring Showcase. Both prominently showcasing Maori talent, these two titles presented by Pacific Islanders in Communications are not to b…

Free Screening of Sundance favorite RUDDERLESS at Courtyard Cinema, April 9

This April’s Courtyard Cinema film at Ward Village is the Sundance favorite RUDDERLESS, the directorial debut of Academy nominated actor William H. Macy. After a grieving father finds a box of demo tapes made by his now-dead son, he forms a band in hope of finding some peace.

A grieving father (Billy Crudup) goes on a downward spiral after his son is killed in a school shooting. He comes across a box of his deceased son’s demo tapes and lyrics and is shocked by the discovery…

European films bring prestige to the 2015 HIFF Spring Showcase

European films return in the big way at the 2015 HIFF Spring Showcase. We are presenting 5 European productions and co-productions in this year’s HIFF Spring Showcase. The films range from ’70s style crime dramas, to a trip around the world in search of the best steak, to famous characters come to life from Gustave Flaubert’s seminal novel, to an anti-SEARCHERS story with a brooding Michael Fassbender, to an Argentinian set romantic comedy about a jaded film critic who feels as if his lif…

Indian Mega-Hit “I” Comes to HIFF Spring Showcase!

One of the biggest Indian hits of 2014, and one of the biggest “Kollywood” hits of all time, the all Tamil-language tour-de-force “I” lands at HIFF Spring Showcas…

Documentaries Shine at HIFF Spring Showcase 2015

Documentaries shine at the 2015 HIFF Spring Showcase! We’ve got 6 dynamic, diverse and award winning documentaries straight from Toronto, Berlin and Sundance Film Festivals, one that is a special sneak peek of a Korean box office hit, and a biography about an American literary treasure with a renewed mission on sustainability on Maui.

Check out this year’s documentary selections below:

Now in his 86th year, Poet Laureate and Pulitzer winner W.S.

Korean Films at Spring Showcase 2015 Edition

Like any other Spring Showcase, the 2015 Edition would not be complete without some of the hottest titles straight from South Korea. And this year there are more Spring Showcase films from Korea than any other single country! With a whopping 7 titles coming in April, there is something for every Korean cinema fan. Love action? Comedy? Romance? Drama? We’ve got you covered. Check out the full details on our Korean films this Spring…

Sundance Grand Jury and Audience Award winner ME AND EARL AND THE DYING GIRL is Last Minute Addition to HIFF Spring Showcase 2015

The news keeps on coming! The HIFF Spring Showcase 2015 program guides have been printed already, but the programming team has reserved a few TBA slots to add last minute additions to the festival program after the program guide print deadline. And we’ve got a major title, straight from the recently concluded Sundance Film Festival!

ME AND EARL AND THE DYING GIRL, based on the bestselling novel, is the story of an awkward high-school senior (Thomas Mann) and a gravely ill classmat…

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