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Second release of ten films for HIFF 33

With this year’s festival rapidly approaching, here are some more films that will be playing at HIFF from October 10-20. We’ll be releasing film information on a weekly basis through the end of August, culminating in the release of the full festival program and schedule around September 1st.

Don’t forget about our “I HEART HIFF” event on Thursday, August 22nd. We’re showing Wong Kar-Wai’s THE GRANDMASTER at this members only screening, and offering a 15% discount on new and renewal HIFF memberships in person only.


STRANGER-BY-THE-LAKE-pic-2_3France 2013 | Dir. Alain Guiraudie | EuroCinema Hawaii

Summertime. A cruising spot for men, tucked away on the shores of a lake. Franck falls in love with Michel. An attractive, potent and lethally dangerous man. Franck knows this, but wants to live out his passion anyway.


umbrellas_cherbourgFrance 1964 | Dir. Jacques Demy | EuroCinema Hawaii

Geneviève, 17, lives with her widowed mother, who owns an umbrella shop in Cherbourg. She and Guy, a twenty-year-old auto mechanic, are secretly in love and want to marry, but when she reveals this to her mother, her mother objects on the grounds that Geneviève is too young and Guy is not mature or well-established enough. Shortly after this, Guy is drafted to serve in the war in Algeria. Before he leaves, he and Geneviève consummate their love for each other, which results in her becoming pregnant. While Guy is away they drift apart, and Geneviève must choose between waiting for Guy’s return or accepting an offer of marriage from a wealthy diamond merchant.


2012 United States | Dir. Francesca Gregorini | New American Filmmakers

A troubled girl (Emanuel) becomes preoccupied with her mysterious new neighbor (Linda), who bears a striking resemblance to her dead mother. In offering to baby-sit Linda’s newborn, Emanuel unwittingly enters a fragile, fictional world, of which she becomes the gatekeeper.


The-Way-We-DanceHong Kong 2013 | Dir. Adam Wong | Spotlight on China

Fleur, with zeal to dance, finally gets to leave her sordid life at her parents’ tofu shop when she enters university and joins a hip-hop club. She stumbles into the world of dance competition between rival groups and a love complication between the group leader, his ex-lover, an aspiring tai-chi master and herself. But in the end, the show must go on! An unprecedented on-screen performance from the best B-boys in Hong Kong and beyond.


captain_harlockJapan 2013 | Dir. Shinji Aramaki | Spotlight on Japan

Space Pirate Captain Harlock and his fearless crew face off against the space invaders who seek to conquer the planet Earth.



South Korea 2013 | Dir. Ui-seok Jo, Byung-seo Kim | Spotlight on Korea

Yoon-joo becomes the newest member to a unit within the Korean Police Forces Special Crime Department that specializes in surveillance activities on high profile criminals. She teams up with Detective Hwang, the veteran leader of the unit, and tries to track down James, a cold-hearted leader of an armed criminal organization.


MT_ZION_pic_3_3New Zealand 2013 | Dir. Te Arepa Kahi | Pacific Showcase

Turei’s family are hard-working potato farm workers in rural New Zealand. A talented musician, Turei dreams of his band being the support act for Bob Marley’s 1979 tour. But it’s a dream that challenges the traditions and values of his upbringing and will set him at odds with his family – particularly his father, a true man of the land.


CHEAP THRILLSUnited States 2013 | Dir. E.L. Katz | HIFF Extreme

Recently fired and facing eviction, a new dad has his life turned upside down when he meets a wealthy couple who offer a path to financial security…but at a price.


Japan 2013 | Dir. Sion Sono | HIFF Extreme

Genre fans get excited for the most fun, blood-splattered yakuza dramedy of the year! Hapless, wannabe director Hirata has no idea what he is in for when he gets co-opted into helping a yakuza faction try to make a film. Gang leader Muto will do anything to have his beautiful daughter Michiko play the starring role in a feature film, even if that means soliciting help from his arch enemy Ikegami…


ANITA_pic_1_3United States 2013 | Dir. Frieda Lee Mock | Documentary

On October 11, 1991, a poised young law professor sent shock waves through the nation as she sat before the Senate Judiciary Committee intrepidly testifying to the lewd behavior of a Supreme Court nominee. Twenty years later, Academy Award winner and Sundance veteran Freida Mock brings us ANITA, which crystallizes the sexist power dynamics in the room that day and unravels the impact of that lightning-rod moment on Anita Hill’s life and the broader discussion of gender inequality in America.

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