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Opening, Centerpiece, and Closing Night Films set for HIFF 2012


Films from Australia, Korea, and the United States Set the Tone for the Festival Season

Honolulu, HI – (Tuesday, September 18, 2012) – Welcome a new year of films with highlights from around the world and festival standouts. The 32nd Hawaii International Film Festival (HIFF) presented by Halekulani is only one month away but the big films that everyone will be talking about are slated and ready to go.

This year’s opening night film is THE SAPPHIRES, an inspirational film following the lives of four aboriginal sisters coming together to entertain the troops during the Vietnam war. Starring Chris O’Dowd (THE IT CROWD, BRIDESMAIDS), the film has been riding a wave of success after premiering at the Cannes Film Festival, THE SAPPHIRES is not only a touching film but a true story. HIFF Executive Director had this to say about the film: “”I was fortunate to be at the World Premiere of THE SAPPHIRES at Cannes and the audience went wild.”

Going from down under back to the United States, HIFF is presenting the star packed SILVER LININGS PLAYBOOK as its centerpiece film sponsored by Modern Luxury Hawai’i. The film is another buzzed about piece from The Weinstein Company and stars Bradley Cooper, Jennifer Lawrence, Robert De Niro, and Chris Tucker. The Huffington Post’s David Rooney recently described it as “Cheerfully yet poignantly exposing the struggles, anxieties, disorders and obsessions of ordinary people, this is a film as odd as it is charming.”

The festival closes this year with a box office giant from South Korea, THE THIEVES sponsored by Star-Advertiser and KBFD-TV. Action and mischief combine for this high profile heist movie that promises not to disappoint as HIFF’s closing night film.”Our Opening, Centerpiece, and Closing Night Galas, dubbed BIG NIGHTS at the Hawaii International Film Festival presented by Halekulani, represent the best in world cinema, from the Asia-Pacific Rim to North America” said Programming Director Anderson Le. “All three films are high concept, crowd-pleasing entertainment that I predict will also garner some major nominations come awards season.”

Tickets are set to go on sale on September 24th and the festival promises to bring a film program unlike any other.What:   32nd Hawaii International Film Festival presented by Halekulani
When:  October 11-21
Where: Regal Dole Cannery Stadium 18 Theatres & IMAX

Ticket Prices:

  • $12 General Public
  • $10 Seniors, military, students, children
  • $8 HIFF Ohana members (HIFF’s film club)

Ticket Purchases:

  • Online at
  • In person – HIFF box office (Guest Services Desk at Regal Dole Cannery Stadium 18 Theatres & IMAX)
  • Phone: (808) 447-0577


THE SAPPHIRES Opening Night Film
Hawaii Premiere
Thursday, October 11 | 8:00 PM | Regal Dole
Australia 2011 | English | 103M

DIRECTOR: Wayne Blair
Chris O’Dowd, Deborah Mailman and Jessica Mauboy

SYNOPSIS: 1968 was the year that changed the world. And for four young Aboriginal sisters this is the year that would change their lives forever. The sisters, Cynthia, Gail, Julie and Kay are discovered by Dave, a talent scout with a kind heart, very little rhythm but a great knowledge of soul music. Billed as Australia’s answer to ‘The Supremes’, Dave secures the sisters their first true gig, and fly’s them to Vietnam to sing for the American troops.

Centerpiece Film
Hawaii Premiere
Monday, October 15 | 6:30 PM | Regal Dole
USA 2012 | English | 120M

DIRECTOR: David O. Russell

CAST: Bradley Cooper, Jennifer Lawrence, Robert De Niro, Chris Tucker

SYNOPSIS: After a stint in a mental institution, former teacher Pat Solitano moves back in with his parents and tries to reconcile with his ex-wife. Things get more challenging when Pat meets Tiffany, a mysterious girl with problems of her own.

Sponsored by: Modern Luxury Hawaii



Closing Night Film
Hawaii Premiere
Sunday, October 21 | 6:30 PM | Regal Dole
South Korea 2012 | Korean with English Subtitles | 139M

DIRECTOR: Dong-Hoon Choi
CAST: Gianna Jun, Hae-suk Kim and Hye-su Kim

THE THIEVES has become the biggest domestic box office behemoth in South Korea.  THE THIEVES, Choi Dong-hoon’s of TAZZA: THE HIGH ROLLERS (HIFF 2006) and WOOCHI (HIFF 2009), is his most ambitious yet. It is a vibrant and complex heist movie with one of the most high profile casts ever assembled for a local production.  Popeye (Jung-jae Lee of THE HOUSEMAID) and his crew leave Korea to get in on some action in Macao. He brings Pepsi (Hye-su Kim of TAZZA: THE HIGH ROLLERS), who has just been paroled, along for the ride. The mastermind behind the big scheme is Macao Park (Yun-seok Kim of THE CHASER), Popeye’s former partner and Pepsi’s old lover. The plan is to steal the Tear of the Sun, a valuable diamond in transit in one of the city’s casinos. With Popeye’s crew, a Hong Kong team, Park and a few more vested interests, can the plan go off without a hitch?

Sponsored by: Honolulu Star-Advertiser & KBFD-TV

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