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Final film lineup for 2012 HIFF Spring Showcase is set

HAWAII INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL BRINGS 34 FILMS FOR THE 2012 SPRING SHOWCASE

The Descendants Returns to the Festival with a Panel Discussion and Live Concert

 

HONOLULU, HI — (Thursday, March 15, 2012)  –  The Hawaii International Film Festival (HIFF) has finalized its film schedule for the 15th annual Spring Showcase from April 13-19. This year HIFF is showcasing 34 films at Regal Dole Cannery Stadium 18 Theatres & IMAX over the course of seven days. Along with the films, HIFF is presenting a live concert entitled “Sound X Vision: Music from The Descendants” sponsored by DBEDT-Creative Industries and The Recording Academy.

Countries represented in this year’s spring film program are China, France, United States, Taiwan, Japan, India, South Korea, Canada, New Zealand, Denmark, U.K., and Norway. These worldwide films include 24 Hawaii premieres, 8 U.S. premieres, and one return engagement.

Arguably the most popular film at last year’s Hawaii International Film Festival presented by Halekulani, THE DESCENDANTS has been riding a wave of success unlike any other based in Hawaii film. The Festival is offering a free screening of the film on Saturday, April 14 at 12:00 p.m., and is pleased to welcome Music Supervisor Dondi Bastone as well as soundtrack musicians Jeff Peterson and Cyril Pahinui for a Q&A directly after the film at Regal Dole Cannery Theatres & IMAX. Guests will also be able to enjoy musicians featured in the film playing later that day in a live concert at The Venue. Doors will open at 7 p.m. and the live concert will begin at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $25 in advance at hiff.org and $30 at the door.

Film tickets go on sale to HIFF Ohana members on Monday, April 2 and to the general public on Wednesday, April 4. General tickets for the public are available for $12, $10 for seniors, students and military. HIFF Ohana members can purchase tickets for $8. The tickets can be purchased at the HIFF box office located at Regal Dole Cannery Stadium 18 Theatres & IMAX at 735 Iwilei Road or by phone at 808.447.0577. For more information please visit, www.hiff.org.

For press related inquiries, please contact Jake Anderson at pr@hiff.org.  HIFF promo photos can be downloaded from this link:

HIFF Spring Film Photos

The entire film spring program is listed below (times are subject to change):

 

Opening Night
DRAGON
WU XIA
HAWAII PREMIERE

China, Hong Kong 2012 | Mandarin with English subtitles | 116M

DIRECTOR: Peter Ho-sun Chan
CAST: Donnie Yen, Takeshi Kaneshiro, Tang Wei, Jimmy Wang Yu

Friday, April 13 ­- 6:30 PM

Yunnan province in 1917. Liu Jinxi (Donnie Yen) is a modest family man whose peaceful world is ripped apart when two bandits burst into town and rob a local store. Jinxi takes reluctant action and ultimately kills the two tough guys – one dying from an expert application of pressure to the vagas nerve known only to a few members of the 72 Demons clan. These deaths arouse the interest of the investigating detective, Xu Baijin (Takeshi Kaneshiro), who becomes convinced that Jinxi is the notorious murderer Tang Dong, son of the 72 Demons’ Master.  Filled with incredible action sequences DRAGON is bound to keep the audience on the edge of their seats.

Closing Night
THE INTOUCHABLES
HAWAII PREMIERE

France 2012 | French with English subtitles | 112M

DIRECTOR: Olivier Nakache, Eric Toledano
CAST: Francois Cluzet, Omar Sy, Anne Le Ny

Thursday, April 19 ­- 6:30 PM

An extremely wealthy widower, fiftyish Philippe lives with his teenage daughter Elisa in an opulently luxurious Paris apartment. Hiring a new caretaker to assist him with his daily physical needs, he rejects various highly qualified candidates in favor of Driss, who has only applied for the job to ensure he keeps getting welfare payments. A recently released ex-con, the thirtyish Driss’ brash confidence and sometimes brutal straightforwardness impress the jaded Philippe, who has become tired of the “pitying” attentions of his previous helpers. Driss faces a steep learning curve in his transition from the projects to Philippe’s palatial pad, but this new arrangement quickly starts paying some unexpected dividends for both parties.  A box office smash in France, HIFF is proud to present THE INTOUCHABLES.

Sponsored by: Honolulu Star-Advertiser

Part of the Panel Discussion and Concert
THE DESCENDANTS
RETURN ENGAGEMENT

United States 2011 | English | 115M

DIRECTOR: Alexander Payne
CAST: George Clooney, Shailene Woodley, Amara Miller

Saturday, April 14 ­- 12:00 PM

Alexander Payne’s seriocomic THE DESCENDANTS, an adaptation of the novel by Kaui Hart Hemmings, stars George Clooney as Matt King, a middle-age Hawaiian who runs a trust responsible for millions of dollars worth of untouched real estate that has been passed down to him and various cousins. He is preparing to sell the area, and make millions for everyone in the trust, when his wife suffers severe head trauma during a boat race. As he attempts to get her affairs in order, he learns that she had been having an affair. With his two daughters in tow, along with his oldest daughter’s doofus friend, Matt sets off to confront the man who made him a cuckold.  Q&A to follow after screening with Dondi Bastone, music supervisor and soundtrack muscian Jeff Peterson and Cyrl Pahinui.

10+10
HAWAII PREMIERE

Taiwan ROC 2011 | Taiwanese with English subtitles | 115M

DIRECTOR: Hou Hsiao-hsien and 19 others
CAST: Tsai Ming-hsiu, Hsieh Chi-wen, Nikki Hsieh

Saturday, April 14 ­- 5:30 PM
Monday, April 16 ­- 3:30 PM

Initiated by the Taipei Golden Horse Film Festival, twenty outstanding Taiwanese directors were each asked to create one five-minute short film inspired by the same topic: the uniqueness of their country. The resulting stories and documentaries, which did not have to adhere to any kind of dictates, either formally or in terms of content, provide an astonishingly multifaceted panorama of Taiwanese society. Hou Hsiao-Hsien, one of the leading proponents of Taiwanese new wave cinema, opens and closes this portmanteau film with his minimalistic tale LA BELLE EPOQUE which focuses on the primal cell of any society – the family unit. An unusual film project that gives us an impressive array of food for thought.

11 FLOWERS
WO 11
HAWAII PREMIERE

China, France 2011 | Mandarin, Shanghainese with English subtitles | 115M

DIRECTOR: Wang Xiaoshuai
CAST: Liu Wenqing, Wang Jingchun, Yan Ni, Zhang Kexuan

Saturday, April 14 ­- 4:00 PM
Tuesday, April 17 ­- 12:30 PM

It’s 1975, southwest China, a decade after the start of the Cultural Revolution that turned the country upside down. Wang Han, an eleven-year-old boy, lives with his parents and younger sister in a large community courtyard. During the day, the adults work in factories while the children go to school. At night, everyone reminisces about times past. They take comfort in small pleasures: a song by candlelight, a kiss in the dark, a new white shirt. One day while playing by the river, Han encounters a bleeding man, who runs away with the boy’s new shirt. Chasing the man into the woods, Han suddenly finds himself face to face with an accused murderer.

ACE ATTORNEY
GYAKUTEN SAIBAN
UNITED STATES PREMIERE

Japan 2012 | Japanese with English subtitles | 135M

DIRECTOR: Takashi Miike
CAST: Hiroki Narimiya, Takumi Saitoh, Mirei Kiritani

Saturday, April 14 ­- 7:00 PM
Sunday, April 15 ­- 12:00 PM

“Turnabout law” rules in the criminal courts of the future.  Prosecutors and defense attorneys now have to produce, defend or attack all the evidence within three days, in tournament-like bouts in front of an audience. Having barely won his first such trial, fledgling attorney Phoenix Wright suddenly gets a huge case dropped in his lap when his boss gets killed and an innocent is framed for the crime. Phoenix sets out to expose the truth and fight for justice, but he inadvertently opens a cesspool where prosecutors leave no dirty trick unused, evidence gets tampered with, witnesses are silenced, ancient cases get reopened and trials lead to more trials.

AGENT VINOD
HAWAII PREMIERE

India 2012 | Hindi with English subtitles | 150M

DIRECTOR: Sriram Raghavan
CAST: Kareena Kapoor, Saif Ali Khan

Saturday, April 14 ­- 8:15 PM
Sunday, April 15 ­- 5:00 PM

Saif Ali Khan (son of Indian cricketer Mansoor Ali Khan) and Kareena Kapoor (a family member of the hugely popular Kapoor acting dynasty) are due to set sparks flying in this BollyBond film inspired by a similar movie released in 1977. A cross between Bond, Jason Bourne and Jack Bauer (TV series ’24′), Khan’s dark and mysterious super spy gets embroiled in an espionage plot involving Kapoor’s sleek Pakistani spy, but presumably manages to win her charms and save the world.

ALWAYS
OHJIK GUEDAEMAN
UNITED STATES PREMIERE

South Korea 2011 | Korean with English subtitles | 108M

DIRECTOR: Il-gon Song
CAST: Ji-Sub So, Hyo-ju Han, Shin-il Kang

Friday, April 13 ­- 8:45 PM

A fatal love story centered on ex-boxer Chul-min (So Ji-sub) and telemarketer Jung-hwa (Han Hyo-joo). He has closed his heart to the world and she remains spirited despite slowly losing her vision. Their fate intertwines when their pasts are revealed in their blooming relationship.

ALWAYS: SUNSET ON THIRD STREET 3
ALWAYS SAN-CHOME NO YUHI ’64
UNITED STATES PREMIERE

Japan 2012 | Japanese with English subtitles | 142M

DIRECTOR: Takashii Yamazaki
CAST: Hidetaka Yoshioka, Shinichi Tsutsumi

Sunday, April 15 ­- 6:00 PM
Tuesday, April 17 ­- 3:00 PM

Tokyo in 1964. The Olympics are set to take place in Tokyo and the country has experienced a period of rapid economic growth. The inhabitants of Third Street live amidst all the change in their usual optimistic ways. Novelist Ryunosuke is now married to Hiromi and they live with Junnosuke who is now in high school. Auto mechanic Norifumi Suzuki stills run his mechanic shop across the street with his wife Tomoe, son Ippei and employee Mutsuko, and their shop has experienced growth over the years. As they learn to embrace the changes in their lives, a turning point is about to occur for the residents on Third Street.

BOLLYWOOD: THE GREATEST LOVE STORY EVER TOLD
HAWAII PREMIERE

India 2011 | Hindi with English subtitles | 90M

DIRECTOR: Rakeysh Omprakash Mehra, Jeff Zimbalist
CAST: Shammi Kapoor, Shekhar Kapur, Dev Anand

Monday, April 16 ­- 6:00 PM
Thursday, April 19 ­- 4:00 PM

Bollywood. Some say it’s the only culture that holds India together. Others say it’s the most corrupting influence on Indians and should be banished from their shores. A love affair that has lasted over 70 years between almost 2 billion people worldwide. Not only does it refuse to stop, it keeps on growing. Embracing it’s most important, it’s most vilified, it’s most loved element: the song and dance.

CITY IN BLOSSOM
UNITED STATES PREMIERE

South Korea 2011 | Korean with English subtitles | 93M

DIRECTOR: Young Bin Kim
CAST: Kwon Hyeon Sang, Lee You Na

Tuesday, April 17 ­- 3:30 PM

A college student Mi-You and a city official Hyeon-sang are a young couple living in Puchon City. After a slight misunderstanding that leads to their break up, the couple bump into each other at the City’s film festival. Will they get back together? A fresh love story set in the beautiful scenery of the famous peach blossoms of Puchon City. Directed by Kim Young Bin with much affection for the film festival (PiFan) he is currently in charge of.

COMIC-CON EPISODE IV: A FAN’S HOPE
HAWAII PREMIERE

United States 2011 | English | 88M

DIRECTOR: Morgan Spurlock
CAST: Eli Roth, Seth Rogen, Kevin Smith

Tuesday, April 17 ­- 9:00 PM

Have you ever imagined a place where Vulcans and vampires get along? Where wizards and wookies can be themselves? Welcome to Comic-Con San Diego. What started as a fringe comic book convention for 500 fans has grown into the pop culture event of the year that influences every form of entertainment, now attended by over 140,000 strong. COMIC-CON EPISODE IV: A FAN’S HOPE – a film by Morgan Spurlock explores this amazing cultural phenomenon by following the lives of five attendees as they descend upon the ultimate geek mecca at San Diego Comic-Con 2010.

COUPLES
KEO-PEUL-JEU
UNITED STATES PREMIERE

South Korea 2011 | Korean with English subtitles | 110M

DIRECTOR: Yong-ki Jeong
CAST: Kim Joo-hyeok, Lee Yoon-ji, Lee Si-yeong, Oh Jeong

Tuesday, April 17 ­- 8:15 PM
Thursday, April 19 ­- 5:00 PM

Cafe owner Yoo-suk (Kim Joo-hyeok) has had a particularly bad day; experiencing financial difficulties, still being unable to track down missing fiance Na-ri (Lee Si-yeong), and getting caught up in a bank robbery that sees him accused of sexual harassment by an unpleasant woman. However, there is one silver lining in the form of attractive off-work traffic cop Ae-yeon (Lee Yoon-ji). Sparks fly when he gets tied to Ae-yeon during the heist, but he puts this aside after his friend and private detective Bok-nam (Oh Jeong-se) says he has tracked down Na-ri. Alas, things get more complicated as the truth behind Na-ri’s absence becomes clear, and Ae-yeon has troubles of her own.

EK MAIN AUR EKK TU
HAWAII PREMIERE

India 2012 | Hindi with English subtitles | 130M

DIRECTOR: Shakun Batra
CAST: Kareena Kapoor, Imran Khan, Boman Irani

Sunday, April 15 ­- 8:15 PM
Monday, April 16 ­- 12:30 PM

By a twist of fate, uptight and currently unemployed Rahul Kapoor (Imran Khan) meets Riana Braganza (Kareena Kapoor), a quick-witted hairstylist, who is everything he isn’t. A series of events lead them to meet on Christmas Eve over a few drinks. Following this night of debauchery, they wake up to discover that they’ve gotten married. They both decide to get it annulled as soon as possible and get an appointment from the court in ten days. Over the next ten days, they have their share of arguments, moments and laughs that results in an unlikely friendship.

FIRST POSITION
HAWAII PREMIERE

United States 2012 | English, French, Hebrew, Spanish with English subtitles | 90M

DIRECTOR: Bess Kargman

Tuesday, April 17 ­- 6:00 PM
Wednesday, April 18 ­- 3:00 PM

Bess Kargman’s award-winning documentary, FIRST POSITION, follows six young dancers as they prepare for a chance to enter the world of professional ballet, struggling through bloodied feet, near exhaustion and debilitating injuries, all while navigating the drama of adolescence. A showcase of awe-inspiring talent, tenacity and passion, FIRST POSITION paints a thrilling and moving portrait of the most gifted young ballet stars of tomorrow.

I WISH
KISEKI
HAWAII PREMIERE

Japan 2011 | Japanese with English subtitles | 128M

DIRECTOR: Hirokazu Kore-eda
CAST: Koki Maeda, Ohshiro Maeda, Ryoga Hayashi

Sunday, April 15 ­- 3:00 PM

A heart warming tale of two young brothers hoping to bring their separated parents back together. Koichi (12) lives with his mother and retired grand parents in Kagoshima, southern part of Kyushu region. His brother Ryunosuke (10) lives with their father in Hakata, northern Kyushu separated with their parents divorce. A new bullet train line in the region will be inaugurated soon, and Koichi starts to believe a “miracle” will happen the first moment these new bullet trains intersect each other from opposite directions with their highest speed; his only wish is for his family to live together once again. With some help from grown-ups around him, Koichi sets out on a journey with a group of friends, each hoping to witness a “miracle” come upon their struggling lives.

INDIE GAME: THE MOVIE
HAWAII PREMIERE

Canada 2012 | English | 103M

DIRECTOR: Lisanne Pajot

Wednesday, April 18 ­- 8:45 PM

With the twenty-first century comes a new breed of struggling independent artist: the indie game designer. Refusing to toil for major developers, these innovators independently conceive, design, and program their distinctly personal games in the hope that they, too, may find success. After three years of painstaking work, designer Edmund McMillen and programmer Tommy Refenes await the release of their first major game for Xbox, Super Meat Boy-the adventures of a skinless boy in search of his girlfriend, who is made of bandages. At PAX, a major video-game expo, developer Phil Fish unveils his highly anticipated, four-years-in-the-making Fez. Jonathan Blow considers beginning a new game after creating Braid, one of the highest-rated games of all time.

Sponsored by: Electric Pencil

THE INVISIBLE WAR
HAWAII PREMIERE

United States 2012 | English | 95M

DIRECTOR: Kirby Dick

Wednesday, April 18 ­- 6:30 PM

Casualties of war rage beyond the battlefield. As ranks of women in the American military swell, so do incidents of rape. An estimated 30 percent of servicewomen and at least 1 percent of servicemen are sexually assaulted during their enlistment. Not by the enemy, but at the hands of fellow soldiers. With stark clarity and escalating revelations, THE INVISIBLE WAR exposes a rape epidemic in the armed forces, investigating the institutions that perpetuate it as well as its profound personal and social consequences.

LIBERAL ARTS
HAWAII PREMIERE

United States 2012 | English | 97M

DIRECTOR: Josh Radnor
CAST: Elizabeth Olsen, Richard Jenkins, Allison Janney

Friday, April 13 ­- 9:00 PM
Monday, April 16 ­- 3:00 PM

Newly single, 35, and uninspired by his job, Jesse Fisher worries that his best days are behind him. When his favorite college professor invites him to campus to speak at his retirement dinner, Jesse jumps at the chance. He is prepared for the nostalgia of the dining halls and dorm rooms, the parties and poetry seminars; what he doesn’t see coming is Zibby-a beautiful, precocious, classical-music-loving sophomore. Zibby awakens scary, exciting, long-dormant feelings of possibility and connection that Jesse thought he had buried forever.

LOVE ON-AIR
WON-DEO-POOL RA-DI-O
UNITED STATES PREMIERE

South Korea 2012 | Korean with English subtitles | 120M

DIRECTOR: Chil-in Kwon
CAST: Min-jung Lee, Jeong-jin Lee

Monday, April 16 ­- 8:45 PM
Wednesday, April 18 ­- 3:30 PM

Gina, the former leader of once popular girl band “Purple” hosts a radio show called “Wonderful Radio.” When the producer of the program is sacked over low ratings, a new guy comes in to fill his shoes. Jae-ik is a cold, unfriendly man who only drinks iced coffee even in the winter. During an argument with her producer, Gina comes up with an idea for a new feature – inviting a listener to the studio to read out their story and sing a song. The feature turns out to be a surprise success. When a jealous former bandmate turns up and starts spreading damaging rumors about her, Gina must find a way to prove her innocence.

THE ORATOR
O LE TULAFALE
HAWAII PREMIERE

New Zealand, Samoa 2011 | Samoan with English subtitles | 110M

DIRECTOR: Tusi Tamasese
CAST: Fa’afiaula Sagote, Tausili Pushparaj

Wednesday, April 18 ­- 6:00 PM
Thursday, April 19 ­- 1:15 PM

THE ORATOR marks the entrance of a powerful and exciting new voice in global cinema. First-time filmmaker Tusi Tamasese and his remarkable cast of non-actors have crafted a simple tale of love and honor that is both deeply Samoan and profoundly universal. THE ORATOR tells the story of Saili, a taro farmer of short-stature who lives a quiet life with his beloved wife and daughter in an isolated village. When their peaceful existence is threatened by an unexpected calamity and old family grievances, Saili must find the courage to speak out for those he loves.

PEACE LOVE & MISUNDERSTANDING
HAWAII PREMIERE

United States 2011 | English | 96M

DIRECTOR: Bruce Beresford
CAST: Jane Fonda, Catherine Keener, Elizabeth Olsen, Nat Wolff

Saturday, April 14 ­- 3:00 PM

PEACE, LOVE, & MISUNDERSTANDING gives viewers all its title promises and more, playfully depicting a string of new beginnings founded in letting go of the past. Divorce makes you do crazy things. For Manhattan lawyer Diane, “crazy” means driving her teenage son Jake and adult daughter Zoe to Woodstock to visit their grandmother Grace. Grace is the epitome of the term “free spirit:” she stages protests, smokes (and sells) a lot of dope, and howls at the moon once a month with her goddess-worshipping girlfriends. Diane isn’t sure what she came to Woodstock for, but what she finds is an open offer of motherly solace, the chance to bond with her children and perhaps the opportunity to open her heart to someone new.

THE BIG FIX
Hawaii Premiere

United States 2012 | English | 89M

Friday, April 19 – 7:30 PM

On April 22, 2010 the Deepwater Horizon offshore drilling rig run by BP sunk into the Gulf of Mexico creating the worst oil spill in history. Until the oil well was killed on September 19, 779,037,744 liters of crude oil and over 7,000,000 liters of chemical dispersant spread into the sea. By exposing the root causes of the spill filmmakers Josh and Rebecca Tickell uncover a vast network of corruption.
 
Sponsored by: The Surfrider Foundation

THE POWER OF TWO
HAWAII PREMIERE

Japan, United States 2012 | English, Japanese with English subtitles | 94M

DIRECTOR: Marc Smolowitz

Sunday, April 15 ­- 2:15 PM

Inspired by their 2007 memoir, THE POWER OF TWO offers an intimate portrayal of the bond between half-Japanese twin sisters Anabel Stenzel and Isabel Stenzel Byrnes, their battle with the fatal genetic disease cystic fibrosis (CF) and miraculous survival through double lung transplants. Defying all odds, Ana and Isa have emerged as authors, athletes and global advocates for organ donation, and their connection to the CF and transplant communities provides rare insight into the struggles – and overlooked joys – of chronic illness.

THE QUEEN OF VERSAILLES
HAWAII PREMIERE

Denmark, United States 2012 | English | 100M

DIRECTOR: Lauren Greenfield
CAST: David Siegel, Jackie Siegel, Virginia Nebel

Thursday, April 19 ­- 9:30 PM

With the epic dimensions of a Shakespearean tragedy, billionaires Jackie and David’s rags-to-riches story uncovers the innate virtues and flaws of the American dream. We open on the triumphant construction of the biggest house in America, a sprawling, 90,000-square-foot mansion inspired by Versailles. Since a booming time-share business built on the real-estate bubble is financing it, the economic crisis brings progress to a halt and seals the fate of its owners. We witness the impact of this turn of fortune over the next two years in a riveting film fraught with delusion, denial, and self-effacing humor.

ROMANCING IN THIN AIR
GAO HAI BA ZHI LIAN
UNITED STATES PREMIERE

Hong Kong 2012 | Cantonese, Mandarin with English subtitles | 111M

DIRECTOR: Johnnie To
CAST: Louis Koo, Sammi Cheng, Li Guangjie, Gao Yuanyuan

Monday, April 16 ­- 6:15 PM

Sue is an innkeeper who allows the rather depressed Michael (an alcoholic superstar who was dumped at the altar) to stay and get his life back together. During his stay, Michael finds out Sue is a die-hard fan and Michael’s movies are the links of Sue’s marriage. Unfortunately, her husband, Tian, mysteriously disappeared 7 years ago, and hasn’t been seen since. As time goes by, Michael and Sue grow closer. But when they both sense love is in the air, Sue receives news that could impede their fragile romance.

A SIMPLE LIFE
TAO JIE
HAWAII PREMIERE

Hong Kong 2011 | Cantonese with English subtitles | 118M

DIRECTOR: Ann Hui
CAST: Deanie Ip, Andy Lau, Wang Fuli

Saturday, April 14 ­- 2:30 PM
Monday, April 16 ­- 12:00 PM

Ann Hui’s surprisingly moving film centres on the intense relationship between Roger, a middle-aged man, and Ah Tao the elderly woman who has been his family’s amah – domestic helper – for some sixty years. One day Roger comes home to find that Ah Tao has had a stroke. He rushes her to hospital, where she announces that she wants to quit her job and move into an old people’s home. Roger researches the possibilities and finds her a relatively decent place, where we follow her adjustment to the new environment, the friendships and enmities she forms, and her joys and fears. A SIMPLE LIFE is a masterly film made with love.

SUKIYAKI
GOKUDOMESHI
UNITED STATES PREMIERE

Japan 2011 | Japanese with English subtitles | 108M

DIRECTOR: Tetsu Maeda
CAST: Yu Nagaoka, Masanobu Katsumura, Motoki Ochiai

Wednesday, April 18 ­- 8:30 PM
Thursday, April 19 ­- 12:30 PM

The four occupants of Cell 204, being careful not to be detected by their jailers, bet their osechi (New Year’s dinner) on who can concoct the most mouth-watering tale of ‘the best meal I ever had.’ The winner gets everyone else’s New Year’s dinner as well as his own. Since dinner is the most eagerly anticipated part of the day in a prison, and New Year’s dinner the most eagerly anticipated meal of the year, the stakes are higher and the competition more intense.

SURVIVING PROGRESS
HAWAII PREMIERE

United States 2011 | English | 86M

DIRECTOR: Mathieu Roy, Harold Crooks
CAST: Margaret Atwood, Enio Beata, Colin Beavan

Sunday, April 15 ­- 12:15 PM

Based on Ronald Wright’s best-seller “A Short History of Progress” this intelligent, provocative documentary explores the concept of progress in our modern world, guiding us through a sweeping but detailed survey of the major “progress traps” facing our civilization in the arenas of technology, economics, consumption, and the environment. Featuring powerful arguments from such visionaries as Jane Goodall, Margaret Atwood, Stephen Hawking, and Ronald Wright himself, this enlightening and visually spectacular film invites us to contemplate the progress traps that destroyed past civilizations and that lie treacherously embedded in our own.

TORMENTED 3D
RABITTO HORA 3D
HAWAII PREMIERE

Japan 2012 | Japanese with English subtitles | 83M

DIRECTOR: Takashi Shimizu
CAST: Teruyuki Kagawa, Hikari Mitsushima, Tamaki Ogawa

Thursday, April 19 ­- 9:15 PM

TORMENTED (RABITTO HORA 3D) centres on a young boy whose family seems to be falling apart around him. The situation gets worse when he manifests a growing and dangerous friendship and reliance on a stuffed toy rabbit that comes to life. Is he crazy; is his sister alive or dead; is their storybook illustrating father going insane or are they all delusional? Shimizu ventures once more into the terrifying recesses of the mind. The film marks his first collaboration with award-winning cinematographer Christopher Doyle, who has previously worked with many other noted Asian directors.

TRISHNA
HAWAII PREMIERE

United Kingdom 2012 | Hindi, Marwari with English subtitles | 117M

DIRECTOR: Michael Winterbottom
CAST: Freida Pinto, Riz Ahmend, Roshan Seth

Tuesday, April 17 ­- 6:15 PM
Wednesday, April 18 ­- 12:30 PM

Trishna lives with her family in a village in Rajasthan, India’s largest state. As the eldest daughter, she works in a nearby resort to help pay the bills. Jay is the wealthy son of a property developer. When he takes up managing a resort at his father’s request, he meets Trishna at a dance and their fates cross. But when the two move to Mumbai and become a couple, Jay’s deep family bonds threaten the young lovers’ bliss. Rooted in enchanting visual rhythms and aided by an original score from Shigeru Umebayashi (IN THE MOOD FOR LOVE), TRISHNA is a hymn to both the glory and the tragedy that comes with beauty.

TURN ME ON DAMMIT!
FA MEG PA, FOR FAEN
HAWAII PREMIERE

Norway 2011 | Norwegian with English subtitles | 76M

DIRECTOR: Jannicke Systad Jacobsen
CAST: Helen Bergsholtam, Matias Myren, Malin Bjorhovde

Friday, April 13 ­- 6:00 PM
Tuesday, April 17 ­- 1:00 PM

Winner of Best Screenplay at Tribeca and Best Debut Film at Rome Film Festival, TURN ME ON, DAMMIT! tells a story that is rarely if ever explored in films: the unbridled sexual appetite of a teenage girl. 15-year-old Alma is consumed by her out-of-control hormones and fantasies that range from sweetly romantic images of Artur, the boyfriend she yearns for. After Alma has a stimulating yet awkward encounter with Artur, she makes the mistake of telling her friends, who ostracize her at school. Throughout, the complexities of Alma’s burgeoning sexuality and loneliness are compassionately rendered with a frankness that always rings true.

V/H/S
HAWAII PREMIERE

United States 2012 | English | 104M

DIRECTOR: Adam Wingard, Glenn McQuaid, Radio Silence
CAST: Joe Swanberg, Adam Wingard, Sophia Takal

Saturday, April 14 ­- 10:00 PM
Monday, April 16 ­- 9:00 PM

When a group of petty criminals is hired by a mysterious party to retrieve a rare piece of found footage from a rundown house in the middle of nowhere, they soon realize that the job isn’t going to be as easy as they thought. In the living room, a lifeless body holds court before a hub of old television sets, surrounded by stacks upon stacks of VHS tapes. As they search for the right one, they are treated to a seemingly endless number of horrifying videos, each stranger than the last.

YOUR SISTER’S SISTER
HAWAII PREMIERE

United States 2011 | English | 90M

DIRECTOR: Lynn Shelton
CAST: Emily Blunt, Rosemarie Dewitt, Mark Duplass

Sunday, April 15 ­- 9:00 PM
Thursday, April 19 ­- 3:30 PM

One year after his brother’s death, Jack hasn’t recovered. His best friend, Iris, prescribes solitary reflection and sends him to her father’s empty cabin. But she doesn’t realize her sister, Hannah, is there for similar reasons, having just walked out on a seven-year relationship. Over tequila shots, Hannah and Jack get acquainted. When Iris drops in unexpectedly, complications arise in the form of rivalry and more than a few surprising revelations. With raw, funny and emotional performances from an all-star cast, Lynn Shelton (HUMPDAY) once again honestly explores the complexities of interpersonal relationships while gently poking fun at her characters’ predicaments.

 

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