Blog - HIFF 2019

#HIFFSpring19 Documentary Spotlight: Eight documentaries consist of an Oscar winner and films 'Straight from Sundance'

April 01, 2019

4 out of the 8 documentaries that will be screening are straight from the Sundance Film Festival and one is an Oscar winner for Best Documentary (a free screening of FREE SOLO at Courtyard Cinema). From AMAZING GRACE, a long lost documentary chronicling the seminal recording of Aretha Franklin in her prime, to the little known Japanese residents of the Bonin Islands in Masa Fox’s debut film BETWEEN TIDES, to the world premiere of THE ADVENTURES OF SUPER CW (*CANCER HAPPENS), about one of Honolulu’s most beloved scenesters and her fight against cancer, to the Sundance International Documentary Grand Prize winner SEA OF SHADOWS, the Spring Showcase documentaries represent a broad cross-section of subject matters that continue to highlight that documentaries are truly experiencing a renaissance today.

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#HIFFSpring19 Spotlight: Chinese films excel both artistically and at the box-office

April 01, 2019

#HIFFSpring19i is honored to present two award-winning films from China. THE CROSSING, a feature film debut from actress turned director Bai Xue, is a riveting coming-of-age crime thriller that world premiered at the Toronto International Film Festival. DYING TO SURVIVE, which is based on true story, surprised the film industry, as the film struck a chord with audiences and grossed a phenomenal half a billion dollars at the Chinese box-office, becoming one of the biggest films of all time. Finally, if you’re in the mood for action, we have the latest martial arts extravaganza in the “Ip Man” series, MASTER Z: IP MAN LEGACY, co-starring Michelle Yeoh and Dave Bautista (GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY). Check out the Chinese films at #HIFFSpring19!

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#HIFFSpring 19 Closing Night Film THE FAREWELL with director Lulu Wang in attendance

March 28, 2019

HIFF is honored to present THE FAREWELL starring Awkwafina (#HIFF38 Maverick Award honoree) as the HIFF Spring Showcase Closing Night Gala on April 14. This crowd-pleasing family drama based on director Lulu Wang’s own life, was first produced as an award winning segment of THIS AMERICAN LIFE, and adapted into the crowd-pleasing hit that had audiences cheering and crying at its world premiere at Sundance. An extra bonus to the screening is that the director herself, Lulu Wang, will be in attendance to introduce her film and participate in a post-film Q&A.

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Date Night Films at #HIFFSpring19

March 28, 2019

Dinner and a movie is the go-to date night scenario! Why not take advantage of the 22nd annual HIFF Spring Showcase presented by Halekulani and plan a date night with any of these romantic films from around the world? From India to Japan and Australia, these films are perfect to bring the person you are wooing. Signed, sealed and delivered, these films will make a perfect date night!

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#HIFFSpring19: World premiere of THE ADVENTURES OF SUPER CW (*CANCER HAPPENS)

March 21, 2019

One film in this year’s HIFF Spring Showcase program is entirely homegrown in Honolulu and honors the legacy of one of Oahu's greatest champions for the arts. The HIFF programming team was very compelled to present the world premiere of THE ADVENTURES OF SUPER CW (*CANCER HAPPENS). This personal documentary, directed by local filmmaker and Ohina Film Showcase co-director Gerard Elmore, follows the journey of the late Christa Wittmier (@supercw) who was a fixture in Honolulu’s nightlife scene for over a decade.

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