Preview of 4 Spring Showcase films
At last, here’s what you’ve been waiting for! As HIFF finalizes the program and schedule for the 2013 Spring Showcase, take a look at this preview of 4 films from the festival. The announcement of the full Spring Showcase lineup will be on Tuesday, March 5th. Member tickets will go on sale Thursday, March 28th and general public tickets will go on sale Saturday, March 30th.
THE FRUIT HUNTERS
Canada 2012 | 95 mins
Directed by: Yung Chang
THE FRUIT HUNTERS travels across culture, history and geography to show how intertwined we are with the fruits we eat. Our guides are devoted fruit fanatics. Movie star Bill Pullman’s obsession leads him on a crusade to create a community orchard in the Hollywood Hills. Adventurers Noris Ledesma and Richard Campbell scour the jungle for rare mangos, hoping to intervene before the plants are steamrolled by industrialization. A cinematic odyssey through nature and commerce, THE FRUIT HUNTERS will change not only the way we look at what we eat but how we view our relationship to the natural world.
Canada, United Kingdom 2013 | 146 mins
Directed by: Deepa Mehta
MIDNIGHT’S CHILDREN is an epic film from Oscar-nominated director Deepa Mehta, based on the Booker Prize winning novel by Salman Rushdie. At the stroke of midnight on August 15, 1947, as India proclaims independence from Great Britain, two newborn babies are switched by a nurse in a Bombay hospital. Saleem Sinai, the illegitimate son of a poor woman, and Shiva, the offspring of a wealthy couple, are fated to live the destiny meant for each other. Their lives become mysteriously intertwined and are inextricably linked to India’s whirlwind journey of triumphs and disasters.
THE SPECTACULAR NOW
United States 2012 | 95 mins
Directed by: James Ponsoldt
Sutter Keely lives in the now. A high school senior, charming and self-possessed, and has no plans for the future. But after being dumped by his girlfriend, Sutter gets drunk and wakes up on a lawn with Aimee Finicky (Shailene Woodley – previously in THE DESCENDANTS) hovering over him. Not a member of the cool crowd, she’s different: the “nice girl” who reads science fiction and doesn’t have a boyfriend. She does have dreams, while Sutter lives in a world of impressive self-delusion. And yet they’re drawn to each other. Funny, compassionate, and poignant, James Ponsoldt’s third feature again demonstrates his ability to lay bare the souls of his characters.
Japan 2013 | 146mins
Directed by: Yoji Yamada
An old married couple Shukichi Hirayama and Tomiko live on a small island in the Inland Sea. They go to Tokyo. The couple have 3 children. The eldest son Koichi runs a hospital. The first daughter Shigeko runs a beauty salon. The second son Shuji works in stage art. The families ask the parents to take a rest in Tokyo, but the parents do not like staying in Tokyo. One day, Tomiko visits Shuji’s apartment. There, Tomiko is introduced to Shuji’s fiance Noriko, but Tomiko collapses at Koichi’s house …
*This film is based on the 1953 film “Tokyo Story” by Yasujiro Ozu.