Blog - HIFF 2019

#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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#HIFFSpring19 Final Films Confirmed: Courtyard Cinema screening of Oscar winner FREE SOLO, Japanese psycho-horror IT COMES

March 21, 2019

Final films have been confirmed for the 22nd HIFF Spring Showcase presented by Halekulani. In partnership with Ward Village, HIFF is honored to present a free screening of this year’s Academy Award for Best Documentary winner FREE SOLO at Courtyard Cinema on April 11. In addition, visionary Japanese director Tetsuya Nakashima (CONFESSIONS, MEMORIES OF MATSUKO) returns to the big screen in his new horror film IT COMES. Finally, two new Korean films have been added, the Wallstreet-inspired crime thriller MONEY and legal drama INNOCENT WITNESS starring Korean megastar Jung Woo-sung.

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#HIFFSpring19 KoreanFEST presents 5 brand new films

March 20, 2019

In 2019, the program sections at the 22nd HIFF Spring Showcase presented by Halekulani, will also include the first ever KoreanFest! KoreanFest has been designed to bring you the latest and greatest Korean films from the winter and spring season. For this inaugural edition of KoreanFest we’ve got an amazing line-up of 5 films, including period drama MAL-MO-E: THE SECRET MISSION, comedy THE DUDE IN ME, crime thriller MONEY, murder mystery INNOCENT WITNESS, and the box-office breaking EXTREME JOB!

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#HIFFSpring19 SPRING HITS offers Hawaii audiences to see films straight from Sundance, Cannes, Toronto

March 19, 2019

Fifteen films comprise this year’s SPRING HITS section of the 22nd annual HIFF Spring Showcase presented by Halekulani. This section is made up of festival favorites that have premiered at major film festivals like the just concluded Sundance, as well as Toronto, Cannes, and the Berlinale. In this blog post, we highlight eight must-see films.

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HIFF Spring Showcase 2019: AMAZING GRACE and WILD ROSE showcase the power of music

March 15, 2019

Last year was the year of the music film with the smash hits A STAR IS BORN and BOHEMIAN RHAPSODY. Music as portrayed on film has an illustrious history and this year’s HIFF Spring Showcase presented by Halekulani will present two music films— A thought long lost documentary of one of the most historic recording sessions from a then rising star Aretha Franklin and the classic told story with a unique twist of a Scottish single mother in Glasgow with dreams of moving to Nashville to become a country star.

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