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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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Japan Fest kicks off at 2019 HIFF Spring Showcase

March 12, 2019

In 2019, for the first time, HIFF will have program sections at the HIFF Spring Showcase, and this will include the first ever JapanFest! JapanFest has been designed to bring you the latest and greatest Japanese films from the winter and spring season. For this inaugural edition of JapanFest we’ve got an amazing line-up of 8 films, including drama, comedy, romance, foodie films, and even a spooky late addition horror title announcing later this week!

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Foodie films at the 2019 HIFF Spring Showcase

March 11, 2019

Foodie films are wildly popular at HIFF, initiating many of our audience members to hit up a ramen shop or sake bar post-screenings. For the HIFF Spring Showcase, we have three films with food as a primary element to their stories. So, if you are in the mood for Japanese soba, Korean fried chicken, or farm-to-table dining, then we have a selection of films that will make your stomach grumble!

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PACIFIC FOCUS includes two new films straight from Sundance

March 11, 2019

PACIFIC FOCUS is a new section of this year’s HIFF Spring Showcase spotlighting the latest in Pacific Islander-driven cinematic works. It is an extension of the “Pacific Showcase” we have annually during the Fall Festival, which is presented by Pacific Islanders in Communications. Three films, including two that just had their Sundance premieres, will screen at HIFF Spring Showcase.

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