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Fourth weekly film announcement for HIFF 33

Here’s ten more films that will be playing at our 33rd Annual Hawaii International Film Festival, October 10-20 on Oahu, and October 24-27 on Kauai & Big Island. Our “I Heart HIFF” film screening of THE GRANDMASTER is tonight, get 15% off the purchase of a HIFF membership in person only. Also if you purchase or renew a membership online through August 31st, you will receive 10% off.


fragile_trust-01United States 2013 | Dir. Samantha Grant | Halekulani Golden Orchid Award: Nominated Documentary

A FRAGILE TRUST tells the shocking story of Jayson Blair, the most infamous serial plagiarist of our time, and how he unleashed the massive scandal that rocked the New York Times and the entire world of journalism. The story of “The Blair Affair” is both a compelling, character-driven narrative about an important chapter in the history of journalism, and a complex story about power, ethics, representation, race, and accountability in the mainstream media.


mandela__long_walk_to_freedom_2014-1280x720United Kingdom 2013 | Dir. Justin Chadwick | EuroCinema Hawaii

Nelson Mandela’s life story is told in this adaptation of the South African leader’s autobiography that details his early life, education, 27-year imprisonment, and eventual presidency and rebuilding of the previously segregated country. William Nicholson provides the script, with Idris Alba and Naomie Harris heading up the cast.


PioneerNorway 2013 | Dir. Erik Skjoldbjaerg | EuroCinema Hawaii

In the 1980s enormous oil and gas deposits are discovered off the Norwegian coastline, and the authorities aim to bring the oil ashore through a pipeline from depths of 500 meters. Petter, a professional diver, has the discipline, strength and courage to take on the world’s most dangerous mission. But a sudden, tragic accident changes everything, and Petter is sent on a perilous journey where he loses sight of who’s pulling the strings.


SAKE-BOMB-pic-3United States 2013 | Dir. Junya Sakino | New American Filmmakers

Sebastian is a bitter, self-deprecating wannabe Internet star from Los Angeles. He is recently dumped by his girlfriend, who can’t take his juvenile slackerdom anymore. When his cousin Naoto (Japanese rising star Gaku Hamada), a naive sake maker from Japan, shows up to find his own ex-girlfriend in NorCal, Sebastian reluctantly take him on a road trip to go find her. Along the way, cultural misunderstandings, underhanded behavior and hijinks ensue.


IF-ONLY-pic-2Philippines 2013 | Dir.Jerrold Tarog | Spotlight on the Philippines

As Andrea (Lovi Poe) begins to prepare for her upcoming nuptuals to the ambitious politician Robert (TJ Trinidad), she meets Benjamin (Paulo Avelino) the wedding videographer who is on a mission to get information from her. A moving film about contemporary love and relationships in present day Philippines, IF ONLY is imbued with a romantic spirit set to send audiences on an emotional roller coaster.


THY-WOMB-Poster-01Philippines 2012 | Dir. Brillante Mendoza | Spotlight on the Philippines

Shaleha, a woman of mature years, agonizes that she cannot bear a child. To fulfill her husband’s only wish and to be blessed by Allah as having a child is a tangible proof of divine grace, Shaleha decides to march to a different drummer. Her resolve is to find a new partner for her husband. Providentially, Shaleha finds the girl, but on the eve of her husband’s second marriage, a gnawing jealousy consumes Shaleha.


monsoon-shootoutIndia, Netherlands, United Kingdom 2013 | Dir. Amit Kumar | Spotlight on India

As heavy monsoon rains lash the badlands of Mumbai, Adi, a rookie cop out on his first assignment faces a life altering decision when he must decide whether to shoot or not to shoot. His decision takes him on a journey which pits him against a system that demands a compromise on his morals. Finally, however, Adi and we come to understand that every choice has its price.


like-father-like-son-02Japan 2013 | Dir. Hirokazu Koreeda | Spotlight on Japan

Ryota has earned everything he has by his hard work, and believes nothing can stop him from pursuing his perfect life and living as a winner. Then one day, he and his wife, Midori, get an unexpected phone call from the hospital. Their 6-year-old son, Keita, is not their son – the hospital gave them the wrong baby. Ryota is forced to make a life-changing decision, to choose between “nature” and “nurture”.


SAMURAI-COOKING-pic-1Japan 2013 | Dir. Yuzo Asahara | Spotlight on Japan

Oharu who marries into a prominent family known throughout the Kaga domain for their innovative cooking over many generations. Unfortunately Oharu’s husband Yasunobu, the young heir of the family, isn’t much of a chef. With the support of her new mother-in-law, Oharu teaches Yasunobu how to cook and helps him live up to his father’s expectations.


NIGHT ON THE GALACTIC pic 3Japan 1985 | Dir. Gisaburo Sugii | Planet Anime

Finally its here! The epic remastered version of NIGHT ON THE GALACTIC RAILROAD, the classic 1985 anime from famed master animator Gisaburo.

Giovanni is a boy from a poor family, hoping to feed his sick mother by taking part time job after school. At the Night of Stars Festival, Giovanni sees a gigantic train approaching toward him on the top of the hill. In the next moment Giovanni finds himself on board and soon his best friend Campanella joins him. The fantastic journey to Milky Way has begun.

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J-Nard —

The Superstar of Philippine Cinema invades Hawaii once more,congratulations Ms.Nora Aunor.

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