Preview of Spring Showcase films
OPENING NIGHT FILM – ON MY WAY
ON MY WAY
Directed by: Emmanuelle Bercot
April 4, 2014 at 7:00 PM
Bettie (Catherine Deneuve) is a former beauty queen in her sixties. She runs a local bistro and lives with her elderly mother, with whom she enjoys a spiritedly dysfunctional relationship. It is from her that she learns the humiliating news that her married lover has left his wife for another, younger woman. The next day, still upset by the revelation, she gets into her car and starts driving. With nods to Truffaut, Techine and Dupeyron, ON MY WAY is a love letter to screen icon Deneuve, although director Emmanuelle Bercot doesn’t let her obvious infatuation distract, grounding the film in a verite style and employing a contemporary soundtrack to reflect Bettie’s resilience and capacity for joy. Deneuve proves herself more than worthy of the tribute, delivering a deeply compassionate portrayal of a mature woman who chooses one last shot at love and happiness over a lifetime of nostalgia and regret.
CLOSING NIGHT FILM – KUMU HINA
United States 2013
Directed by: Dean Hamer & Joe Wilson
April 10, 2014 at 7:00 PM
Sponsored by: Pacific Islanders in Communications
Imagine a world where a little boy can grow up to be the woman of his dreams, and a young girl can rise to become a leader among men. Welcome to Kumu Hina’s Hawai’i. During a momentous year in her life in modern Honolulu, Hina Wong-Kalu, a native Hawaiian mahu, or transgender, teacher uses traditional culture to inspire a student to claim her place as leader of the school’s all-male hula troupe. But despite her success as a teacher, Hina longs for love and a committed relationship. Will her marriage to a headstrong Tongan man fulfill her dreams? More like a fiction film than a traditional documentary, KUMU HINA reveals a side of Hawai’i rarely seen on film.
THE LITTLE HOUSE
Directed by: Yoji Yamada
While cleaning out the house of his recently deceased great aunt Taki, Takeshi (Satoshi Tsumabuki) discovers her recently completed autobiography. As he reads the handwritten pages, he recounts his days spent with his aunt as she unfolded her life story on paper. Flashing back to pre-war Japan, THE LITTLE HOUSE tells the tale of the young Taki (Haru Kuroki) and her time spent as a housemaid for the well-to-do Hirai family in Tokyo. A nostalgic, beautiful family drama directed by master filmmaker Yoji Yamada, THE LITTLE HOUSE is a story of love, loss and life in a country on the brink of war.
Directed by: Alan Yuen
A crew of seasoned criminals led by the notorious Nam (Hu Jun), pulls off another smooth and violent armored car heist in broad daylight. Whoever tries to get in their way, they show no mercy. This humiliates and shames the police force. A hardboiled senior police inspector Lui (Andy Lau), hot on the trails of Nam, determines to put an end to this madness. But he soon comes face to face with the cruel reality that the usual police tactics are too futile to send these armed thieves behind bars. Extreme crime requires extreme justice, even if it means crossing his moral line…
South Korea 2013
Directed by: Ji-young Hong
Four different couples disclose four different stories all about marriage. Tae-Kyu and his girlfriend Joo-Young are set to get married soon but Tae-Kyu felt betrayed when he learns that Joo-Young is a divorcee. Chef Won-Cheol and his fiancee So-Mi, have been together for seven years but as their wedding date is quickly approaching, she meets comic writer Kyeong-Soo. Gun-Ho runs a flower shop and is set to wed Vika from Uzbekistan when he is suddenly struck with impotency. And Dae-Bok, who works at Joo-Young’s clinic proposes to his girlfriend Yi-Ra at a baseball game when he finds out she is expecting.