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HIFF Announces 2012 Spring Dates and Sneak Peek of Festival Films


Spring Festival is April 13 – 19


HONOLULU, HI — (Friday, March 9, 2012)  —  The 15th Hawaii International Film Festival (HIFF) 2012 Spring Showcase is set for April 13th – 19th at Regal Dole Cannery Stadium 18 Theatres & IMAX.  The final movie lineup and schedule will be unveiled next week, but here’s a sneak peek of the films that will be screened this Spring.

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



Japan 2012 | Japanese with English subtitles | 135M

Director: Takashi Miike
Cast: Hiroki Narimiya, Takumi Saitoh, Mirei Kiritani

“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.

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

Director: Bess Kargman

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.

Hawaii Premiere

United States 2012 | English | 97M

Director: Josh Radnor
Cast: Elizabeth Olsen, Richard Jenkins, Allison Janney

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.

Hawaii Premiere

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

Director: Tusi Tamasese
Cast: Fa’afiaula Sagote, Tausili Pushparaj

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.


Hawaii International Film Festival

Established in 1981, the Hawaii International Film Festival is a non-profit organization dedicated to the advancement of cultural exchange and media awareness in the Pacific Rim.  HIFF is a premier international film event that has won the praise of governments, filmmakers, scholars, educators, programmers and film industry leaders across the globe. HIFF’s programming has two particular mandates: to be a festival of record for emerging films from Asia and the Pacific, and to present the top festival films from around the world, annually screening films from over 45 countries. HIFF also presents educational content and panels in the fields of film and music, and mobile entertainment and gaming. These transmedia programs reflect HIFF’s commitment to exhibiting innovative creative content coming from the Asia Pacific Rim. Visit

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