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HAWAII INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL presented by halekulani

OAHU

NOV 8-18, 2018

BIG ISLAND & MAUI

NOV 29 KAUAI NOV 15-18, 2018 DEC 2, 2018

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2018 FALL FESTIVAL

HIFF EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR LETTER BOARD OF DIRECTORS Owen Ogawa, President Jeffrey A. Bell Kristen O. Chan Isoo (Dick) Oshima Christina Hom Jason Cutinella Mark S. Davis Ricardo (Ric) Galindez Jake Houseman Michael Kornickzy Peter Lewis Bryan Luke Wayne Miyao Brian Uy Indru Watumull Howard J. Wolff

We are proud to present the 38th Hawaii International Film Festival presented by Halekulani, and to continue the festival’s proud tradition of showcasing content and creatives from the Pacific, Asia and North America. Our festival this year features over 180 films, talks and events from 37 countries, with 47 US, International and World Premieres across 32 sections. 2018 continues the tradition of programming a selection of critically-acclaimed and highly-anticipated films from Asia and around the world, while also giving a platform from emerging creative talents from across the Hawaii-Pacific region. As always, outstanding films are accompanied by stars and filmmakers from around the world, connecting East and West through a dedication to discussion, diversity and creativity. For the first time ever, HIFF will present the HIFF VR Lounge, bringing together a selection of exciting contemporary Virtual Reality projects from around the world free to the public at SALT At Our Kakaako. HIFF has always been on the cutting edge of new media trends in the Pacific, and we are proud to extend our celebration of cinema and storytelling through new virtual reality projects that present an entirely new level of entertainment and engagement for viewers. We have also launched a competition for student filmmakers in collaboration with the Daniel K. Inouye Institute to foster creativity, civic engagement and media making in the state of Hawaii, hosted by actor Harry Shum, Jr (CRAZY RICH ASIANS). In addition, we maintain our commitment to new and challenging ideas across our Green Screen and Film for Thought sections, and to nurturing the imaginations of future generations we need to solve the world’s most pressing issues through our educational initiatives. HIFF38 features panels, masterclasses and Q&As with a focus on emerging international and Pacific filmmakers. On November 16, Halekulani hosts HIFF’s spectacular awards gala, where we honor the contributions of artists and changemakers internationally. Each year, we present the Maverick Award to an individual who pushes boundaries and redefines what is possible in their creative discipline. In 2018, we are excited to present the award jointly to Steven Yeun, star of BURNING and THE WALKING DEAD and Awkwafina, actor, rapper and star of CRAZY RICH ASIANS and OCEAN’S EIGHT. The PIC Trailblazer Award, honoring a breakthrough filmmaker from the Pacific Islands, is awarded to Heperi Mita for continuing the legacy started by his mother, the late Merata Mita, of portraying and preserving indigenous works on the the big screen. The prestigious Career Achievement Award goes to South Korean actress Moon So-ri for her amazing body of work as one of Asia’s best actresses working today, but also for her second career as an emerging filmmaker. We will screen her directorial debut THE RUNNING ACTRESS as part of this year’s film program. Other festival highlights include our Opening Night Film, SHADOW, the latest masterpiece from Chinese auteur Zhang Yimou set within the climactic warring ‘Three Kingdoms’ period. Our Centrepiece Gala, GREEN BOOK, unites Viggo Mortensen with Oscar-winning actor Mahershala Ali in a powerful road journey through segregation-era Deep South. The film won the coveted People’s Choice Award at the Toronto Film Festival, which is considered an early barometer of a lucrative awards season. Our Closing Night Film, MOANANUIĀKEA: ONE OCEAN. ONE PEOPLE. ONE CANOE., is years-in-the-making, definitive film chronicling the recent voyage of the Hōkūleʻa and the next generation of navigators who traveled around the world and meeting peoples and cultures, fulfilling the vision of Nainoa Thompson and his contemporaries. Finally, we are extraordinarily honored to host acclaimed director Wong Kar-wai, widely regarded as one of the greatest filmmakers alive today, for a special retrospective of his key works including a post-film discussion with the auteur after a screening of the digitally restored CHUNGKING EXPRESS. We so gratefully acknowledge the sponsors, volunteers, audiences, board of directors, staff and HIFF members, without whom this festival would be impossible. HIFF is incredibly fortunate to have one of the most enthusiastic local communities in the cinematic world, as well as a dedicated board committed to excellence and the continuing growth of the festival. We are also incredibly grateful to our valuable sponsors and key presenting sponsor Halekulani for making this important cultural event possible. On behalf of the HIFF Board of Directors and the HIFF Team, we extend our warmest aloha and mahalo nui loa. We hope you enjoy HIFF38!

BECKIE STOCCHETTI Executive Director OWEN OGAWA President & Chairman Board of Directors 2  HIFF


AWARDS & JURIES

PRESENTED AWARDS

HALEKULANI LIFETIME ACHIEVEMENT AWARD The Halekulani Lifetime Achievement Award is bestowed to an artist who has reached the career pinnacles very few have achieved via industry awards and accolades and a body of work that is known globally. Aside from an amazing artistic career, the recipient is also honored for their contribution to the cinematic arts, but also through equally significant endeavors such as social justice and the betterment of humanity.

HALEKULANI MAVERICK AWARD The Hawaii International Film Festival's Halekulani Maverick Award is given to an international cinema artist who has a unique and eclectic career trajectory, contributing to international cinema and the filmed arts in an innovative way. This maverick does things on his or her terms, creating work that can have a rabid, cult following to a mass appreciation in today’s pop culture. Like a trendsetter and tastemaker, their work may not have been appreciated early on, but has become an artistic benchmark.

PIC TRAILBLAZER AWARD This award, presented by Pacific Islanders in Communications (PIC), is given to a cinema artist of Pacific Islander heritage who broadens the scope of Pacific Islander stories onto the world stage, producing award winning work in independent and global cinema. This honoree is a true trailblazer, whose work aligns with PIC’s mission, which is to support, advance, and develop Pacific Island media content and talent that results in a deeper understanding of Pacific Island history, culture, and contemporary challenges.

COMPETITION AWARDS

KAU KA HŌKŪ FILMMAKER AWARD HIFF was an annual stop for the Pulitzer winning film critic Roger Ebert, who hailed the festival as “a showcase for emerging filmmakers from the Asia and Pacific Rim.” The KAU KA HŌKŪ will be awarded to an emerging filmmaker (first or second feature film). Both fiction and non-fiction feature films will be nominated by the festival programmers and adjudicated by an international jury.

HIFF BEST SHORT FILM AWARD All short films in Shorts programs #1-5, plus PACIFIC SHOWCASE SHORTS programs are eligible for the overall HIFF BEST SHORT FILM award. The jury for the BEST MADE IN HAWAII SHORT FILM will also preside over the HIFF BEST SHORT FILM award.

AUDIENCE CHOICE AWARD PRESENTED BY HAWAII NEWS NOW Vote for your favorite feature film, documentary or short film playing at HIFF. Ballots will be distributed for the first screening of every eligible film during the film festival. No pens, pencils or i.d. required. Tear along the edge of the ballot from 1 (terrible) to 5 (excellent) and drop it in the ballot boxes as you exit the theater. Winners will be announced post-festival.

NETPAC AWARD Founded in 1990 by Cinemaya and UNESCO, the Network for the Promotion of Asian Cinema (NETPAC) is an international not-forprofit organization dedicated to promoting Asian film throughout the world. The prestigious NETPAC award is given at select international film festivals to promote Asian cinema by spotlighting exceptional works and discovering new talent. The NETPAC award is presented annually at international film festivals in Berlin, Cannes, Venice, Rotterdam, Pusan, Singapore, Taiwan, Yamagata, Amiens and Hawaii. HIFF is the only film festival in North America given permission to present the NETPAC award.

MADE IN HAWAII FILM AWARDS HIFF will present the MADE IN HAWAII FILM awards to focus on the dynamic and flourishing local independent film scene that strives onward here in the Hawaiian Islands. Fiction, Non-fiction and short films that are made by locally-based filmmakers or involve locally-based stories are eligible for the following awards — BEST MADE IN HAWAII FEATURE; and BEST MADE IN HAWAII SHORT FILM.

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2018 FALL FESTIVAL

FESTIVAL AT A GLANCE

EXTREME ASIA

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CENTERPIECE FILM GREEN BOOK

20

CLOSING NIGHT FILM MOANANUIĀKEA: ONE OCEAN. ONE PEOPLE. ONE CANOE.

35

33

MA'OHI NUI

35

ONE CUT OF THE DEAD

38

MAUI'S HOOK

36

THE PREY

39

SOUND X VISION

THE ROPE CURSE

40

FICTION & OTHER REALITIES

28

I USED TO BE NORMAL

32

THE LEGEND OF THE STARDUST BROTHERS

34

THE WITCH: PART 1. THE SUBVERSION

46

YOCHO (FOREBODING)

47

FILM FOR THOUGHT

OPENING NIGHT FILM SHADOW

LEITIS IN WAITING

INUYASHIKI

20

AWARDS BUZZ

SOUTHEAST ASIAN SHOWCASE

EATING UP EASTER

26

MEMORIES OF MY BODY

36

GENERAL MAGIC

29

THE PREY

39

INVENTING TOMORROW

33

SONG LANG

42

PEOPLE'S REPUBLIC OF DESIRE

38

THE THIRD WIFE

44

TEN YEARS: JAPAN

43

SPECIAL PRESENTATIONS

FILMMAKER IN FOCUS: WONG KAR WAI

HOUSE OF MY FATHERS

31

CHUNGKING EXPRESS WITH WONG KAR WAI

25

WAKE

46

SPOTLIGHT ON CHINA

3 FACES

21

HAPPY TOGETHER

30

BIRDS OF PASSAGE

23

ASH IS THE PUREST WHITE

22

IN THE MOOD FOR LOVE

32

CAPERNAUM

25

GREEN SCREEN

LONG DAY'S JOURNEY INTO NIGHT

35

DESTROYER

26

THE BIGGEST LITTLE FARM

23

THE UNITY OF HEROES

45

IF BEALE STREET COULD TALK

32

GRIT

30

WISH YOU WERE HERE

46

ROMA

39

INTO THE OKAVANGO

32

WRATH OF SILENCE

47

VOX LUX

45

SHARKWATER EXTINCTION

41

SPOTLIGHT ON HONG KONG

DOCUMENTARIES

MADE IN HAWAII

THE EMPTY HANDS

27

BREAKING THE BEE

24

AUGUST AT AKIKO'S

22

STILL HUMAN

42

CALL HER GANDA

24 28

22

SPOTLIGHT ON JAPAN

THE EYES OF ORSON WELLES

BETHANY HAMILTON: UNSTOPPABLE

HEAVY WATER

30

26

SHE SHEARS

41

DISNEY'S MOANA 'OLELO HAWAI'I

TRANSMILITARY

44

UNITED SKATES

44

JOEL S. GOLDSMITH, THE MAN AND HIS MESSAGE

KEVIN ROCHE: THE QUIET ARCHITECT

47

EAT. DRINK. FILM. CHEF FLYNN

25

EVERY DAY IS A GOOD DAY

27

FOR LOVE'S SAKE

29

EUROPEAN SHOWCASE

50 FIRST KISSES

21

ASAKO I & II

22

BLANK 13

23

33

THE BLOOD OF WOLVES

23

MY HERO'S SHADOW

37

BORN BONE BORN

24

STOKE

42

HANALEI BAY

30

SURFING TO COPE

44

THE HUNGRY LION

31

T-SHIRT THEATRE PRESENTS: KIPUKA

43

INUYASHIKI

33

IT'S BORING HERE, PICK ME UP

33

THIS AND NOTHING ELSE: RED BULL WA'A

44

KILLING

34

KILLING FOR THE PROSECUTION

34

VOICES BEHIND BARBED WIRE

45 47

THE MIRACLE OF CRYBABY SHOTTAN

36

MIRAI

37

BORDER

24

REEL WAHINE OF HAWAI‘I

COLD WAR

25

PACIFIC SHOWCASE

EVERYBODY KNOWS

27

ANOTE'S ARK

21

38

EATING UP EASTER

26

MODEST HEROES: PONOC SHORTS VOL 1

37

NON-FICTION SINK OR SWIM

41

EMU RUNNER

27

ONE CUT OF THE DEAD

38

WOMAN AT WAR

46

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FESTIVAL AT A GLANCE

RECALL

39

MIND THE GAP SHORTS

RIVER'S EDGE

39

BLACK SHEEP

48

ANIMATION CLASS 2

54

SAMURAI’S PROMISE

40

THE CHOSEN ONE

48

AT THE SOURCE

54

SHOPLIFTERS

41

LITTLE PYONGYANG

48

DECODE DRESS CODE

54

WACHIGAI-YA ITOSATO

45

LUMPIA CAMPESINA

48

EARTH DOCTOR

54

YOCHO (FOREBODING)

47

ONE CAMBODIAN FAMILY PLEASE FOR MY PLEASURE

48

EMOTIONS IN TIME

54

THE LEAKY UMBRELLA

54

21

WE BECAME FRAGMENTS

48

54

FENGSHUI

28

MADE IN HAWAII SHORTS

LILI’UOKALANI ANIMATION SHORTS

THE GREAT BATTLE

29

HAE HAWAII

49

MALAMA KA'EHU

54

HERSTORY

31

KALEWA

49

THE MURAL

54

LAST CHILD

34

MAUKA TO MAKAI

49

THE VORTEX

54

ON YOUR WEDDING DAY

38

THE MOON AND THE NIGHT

49

THOUGHTS AND PRAYERS

54

THE RUNNING ACTRESS

40

SIX HUNDRED LUX

49

TURN BACK TIME

54

WE ARE U.S.

54

WILD CREATURES WITH DANE OTTMAN

54

SPOTLIGHT ON KOREA ADULTHOOD

SUNSET IN MY HOMETOWN

43

THE WITCH: PART 1. THE SUBVERSION

46

SPOTLIGHT ON TAIWAN GATAO: RISE OF THE KING

29

STUDENT SHOWCASE

PACIFIC SHOWCASE SHORTS ANOINTED

49

THE BAY

49

TREE

49

VR LOUNGE

SHORELINE

49

AGE OF SAIL

51

CHASING CORAL: THE VR EXPERIENCE

51

FINDING HAKA

51

SONGBIRD

51

LONG TIME NO SEA

35

WAITING

49

THE ROPE CURSE

40

CROSSING SPACES: CHUUK, POHNPEI & MARSHALL ISLANDS

49

THE CLEANER

48

ACM UHM NIGHT

HAUS

48

AUNTY EMMA

49

HIDDEN LIFE

48

DOWN THE RED DIRT ROAD

49

LIFEBOAT

48

EXHIBIT A

49

48

FOUND SOUNDS

49

CAREFUL WHAT YOU PACK SHORTS

GAL PALS

49

END OF THE LINE

48

GLASS ARTIST

49

THE GATEKEEPERS

48

HOW TO MAKE A HEART BEAT

49

MILK AND COOKIES

48

IN MEMORY OF

49

MONDAYS

48

KAI AND HONUA

49

MAMA’S WISH

49

BE THE CHANGE SHORTS

OBON

THE OTHER SIDE OF VALERIE HOPE

48

SINCERELY, KAYE

49

TEA LAND

48

STAIRWAY

49

TUNGRUS

48

SHANGHAI FILM ACADEMY SHORTS

OHANA MEANS... SHORTS

BUTTON UP

49

AREOLA BOREALIS

48

GRAIN BUDS

49

FLOATING WEEDS

48

HOME

49

THE LOVE MOTEL

48

AN EYE FOR AN EYE

49

MAY 14TH

48

RETURN TO HOMETOWN

49

MY LITTLE BROTHER, SEUNG-HYUK

48

SHANGHAI TREASURES

49

TOKYO 21ST OCTOBER

48

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2018 FALL FESTIVAL

HOW TO HIFF LGBT-THEMED FILMS MUSIC FOOD DOCUMENTARY FAMILY FREE HAWAII PACIFIC

FESTIVAL DATES OAHU

NOVEMBER 8-18, 2018

KAUAI NOVEMBER 15-18, 2018

BIG ISLAND

BOX OFFICE HOURS:

TICKET PICK-UP

Oct 19 - Nov 3 Thursdays, Fridays, Saturdays 2:00PM - 6:00PM Nov 5 - 7 Daily 2:00PM - 6:00 PM Nov. 8 – 18 60 minutes before the first screening until 15 minutes after the last screening begins.

Will Call - All customers will have the option of picking up their tickets at the HIFF Box Office.

HIFF FLASH PASS $375 HIFF members $425 General Public The HIFF Flash Pass allows the movie lover to watch unlimited films with no tickets required and priority seating ahead of the HIFF Member line. Visit or call the HIFF Box Office for more information. Seating is based on availability and is on a first come first serve basis. Go to www.hiff.org or call the HIFF Box Office 1-808-447-0577 to learn more about the benefits of becoming a HIFF member.

TICKET PRICES (Including Opening/Centerpiece/Closing Films) $10.00 HIFF Member Tickets $12.00 Senior, Military, Student $14.00 General Admission

NOVEMBER 29 - DECEMBER 2, 2018

MAUI

WEEKDAY MATINEE PRICES

NOVEMBER 30 - DECEMBER 2, 2018

(films starting before 5:00 PM) $10.00 Flat Rate

OAHU BOX OFFICE AND TICKET INFORMATION Purchase tickets and flash passes in person or online.

HIFF BOX OFFICE: Oct. 19 – Nov. 7 680 Iwilei Road, Suite 100 Honolulu, HI 96817 PH: 808-447-0577

HIFF BOX OFFICE: Nov. 8 – 18 Regal Dole Cannery Stadium 18 & IMAX Foyer 735 Iwilei Road Honolulu, Hawaii 96817

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VETERANS DAY SPECIAL $10.00 For Military with I.D

SERVICE FEE PER TICKET Free for online purchases for HIFF Members $1.50 for online purchases $1.00 for box office purchases

PAYMENT METHODS All major credit cards, checks and cash are accepted.

Print from home - For the ultimate in convenience, purchase your tickets online and print them from home. In person - HIFF will have a box office facility on site from Oct. 13 through the duration of the festival.

TICKET POLICY • THERE ARE NO REFUNDS ON TICKETS. Ticket exchanges must be made a day before the screening. A $2.00 service fee is charged per ticket. • Expired and day of tickets will not be exchanged. • If a screening is rescheduled or cancelled, patrons can exchange tickets for either a film playing that day or a ticket for the rescheduled date.

FREE SCREENINGS Seating is based on a first come first served basis.

EVENT LAYOUT (WHAT DOES THE FESTIVAL LOOK LIKE?) There are lines created for three films at a time. Each film has three lines. There are signs to indicate what films are ready for line up. This layout is for Dole Theaters only.

LINES PER FILM • Concierge Pass Line - This line is for persons with Lifetime Membership, Platinum Passes, and Board of Directors. Pass holders line up inside by the theater door. • Flash Pass & Priority Ticket Line - This line is for persons with Flash Passes and Priority Tickets. Pass & Priority holders line up inside by the theater door. • Member Line - An “M” on the ticket indicates that you stand in the Member Line. • Rush Line – A standby line for people wishing to see a film that no longer has tickets available. Any available seat in a screening marked as full will be sold 10 minutes prior to the beginning of the film at $10.00 cash only.


HOW TO HIFF

THEATER ADMITTANCE ORDER 1. Concierge, Lifetime, Board of Directors Passes. Pass Holders will be seated 30 minutes prior to start time of film. 2. Flash Pass & Priority Ticket holders. Each screening has a limited number of seats reserved for Flash Pass Holders and will be based on a first come first serve basis. Flash Pass holders who are not admitted may wait to be seated after the General Public. 3. ADA Guests and their plus one (20 minutes prior to start time of film). If you cannot stand for long periods, please notify a line monitor immediately. You and a guest will be escorted to a seating area where you can wait until theater seating begins.

BIG ISLAND BOX OFFICE AND TICKET INFORMATION Tickets to Big Island screenings at the Palace Theater in Hilo, Hawaii are available in person or by phone only.

PALACE THEATER BOX OFFICE 38 Haili Street Hilo, HI 96720 PH: (808) 934-7010

BOX OFFICE HOURS 10:00AM - 3:00PM Weekdays | Closed State Holidays Tickets available at the door for all screenings

VENUES

WHERE DOES ALL OF THIS HAPPEN? The Regal Dole Cannery Stadium 18 & IMAX serves as the main hub of the Hawaii International Film Festival. Most screenings will take place there with some other screenings, workshops and events taking place at satellite venues. Here is a list of all the HIFF venues this year:

OAHU DOL Regal Dole Cannery Stadium 18 & IMAX 735 Iwilei Road Honolulu, Hawaii 96817

TICKET PRICES $7.50 Senior 55 or older, Student $8.50 General Admission More information is available at: www.hilopalace.com/pricing-info/

HTC

PALACE ALL-ACCESS HIFF PASS

IBM

6. Pass Holder overflows.

Ask about the HIFF All-Access pass at the Palace Theater, or visit hilopalace.com for more information.

Ward Village IBM Courtyard 1240 Ala Moana Boulevard Honolulu, HI 96814

7. Rush Line ticket holders. Will be seated 5 minutes prior to the beginning of the film.

MAUI BOX OFFICE AND TICKET INFORMATION

SALT

4. Member Ticket holders. Seating begins 5 minutes after Pass Holders. 5. General Public Ticket holders. Seating begins immediately after Member Ticket holders are let in.

KAUAI BOX OFFICE AND TICKET INFORMATION Tickets to Kauai screenings at the Waimea Theater in Waimea, Hawaii are available in person or by phone only.

WAIMEA THEATER BOX OFFICE Historic Waimea Theater 9691 Kaumualii Highway Waimea, HI 96796 PH: (808) 651-5744 (day) PH: (808) 338-2027 (evening)

TICKET PRICES $100.00 HIFF Kauai Pass + Opening Night $75.00 HIFF 3-Day Pass (Fri, Sat, Sun) $40.00 Opening Night Film + Event $10.00 General Admission More box office and ticketing information is available at www.waimeatheater.com

Tickets to Maui screenings at the Maui Arts & Cultural Center are available in person or by phone only.

MACC BOX OFFICE One Cameron Way Kahului, Maui 96732 PH: (808)242-SHOW (7469)

Hawaii Theatre 1130 Bethel Street Honolulu, HI 96813

SALT at Our Kaka’ako 691 Auahi Street Honolulu, HI 96813

KAUAI WAI Historic Waimea Theater 9691 Kaumualii Highway Waimea, HI 96796

BOX OFFICE HOURS 10:00AM - 6:00PM Tuesday through Saturday | For Sunday ticketed events, the Box Office will open one hour before show time.

TICKET PRICES $12.00 General Public $10.00 HIFF Members with special code More information is available at: www.mauiarts.org

BIG ISLAND PAL The Palace Theater 38 Haili Street Hilo, HI 96720

MAUI MACC Maui Arts & Cultural Center One Cameron Way Kahului, Maui 96732

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2018 FALL FESTIVAL

MATTHEW HONDA

SHELLY AMINE

RYAN YAMAMOTO

“ ENDLESSLY INVENTIVE ” -RAUL PAND

“VISCERAL

“JAWDROPPING”

THRILLS ON

AN EPIC SCALE”

-SCHAULA PER

-BAUL SASS

“GROUNDBREAKING” -CAVID DARSON

“EXTRAORDINARY” -BREVILLE NODY

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MIDDLE MANAGEMENT MIDDLE MANAGEMENT WAS FOUNDED IN 2015 AND IN 2016 WORKED WITH HIFF IN REBRANDING THE ORGANIZATION. SINCE THEN, MIDDLE MANAGEMENT HAS LED THE CREATIVE DIRECTION AND DESIGN OF KEY VISUALS AND COLLATERAL FOR THE SPRING & FALL FESTIVALS. MIDDLE MANAGEMENT IS PROUD TO HAVE DESIGNED THIS YEAR’S FALL FESTIVAL IDENTITY. 8  HIFF

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HIFF MEMBERSHIP

HIFF MEMBERSHIP & BENEFITS BECOME A HIFF MEMBER TODAY! HIFF Memberships are year-round good for 365 days. All HIFF Ohana memberships are valid for one year from date of purchase and receive membership benefits outlined to the right. Students must show id, seniors 60+. These memberships also receive discounts on passes for our festivals.

MEMBERSHIP TYPES

Da Kine $50 General Admission $35 Students/Seniors/Military • 1 HIFF Membership • Member may purchase up to two (2) discounted member tickets per screening, additional tickets $14

Kama'aina $90 General Admission $75 Students/Seniors/Military • 1 HIFF Membership • Member may purchase up to four (4) discounted member tickets per screening, additional tickets $14

Ohana $130 General Admission $100 Students/Seniors/Military • 1 HIFF Membership • Member may purchase up to six (6) discounted member tickets per screening, additional tickets $14

MEMBERSHIP BENEFITS

• Complimentary Membership Screenings throughout the year (Admit 2 per member) • Subscription to HIFF's Email Newsletter • Early Bird Sales on Festival Passes and TIckets • Member Line Tickets for Priority Entrance before the General Admission • Members Only Days at the Festival Box Office • Discounted tickets to all films and events

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2018 FALL FESTIVAL

FILM SCHEDULE & VENUES DOL Regal Dole Cannery Stadium 18 & IMAX 735 Iwilei Road Honolulu, Hawaii 96817

HTC Hawaii Theatre 1130 Bethel Street Honolulu, HI 96813

SALT SALT at Our Kaka’ako 691 Auahi Street Honolulu, HI 96813

THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 8 6:00PM-8:03 PM

RIVER'S EDGE

JP

DOL

6:30PM-8:21 PM

MEMORIES OF MY BODY

ID

DOL

8:00PM-9:45 PM

WOMAN AT WAR

FR, IS, UA

DOL

CN

DOL

8:00PM-10:01 PM SHADOW

FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 9 5:30PM-6:50 PM

EATING UP EASTER

CL, US

DOL

5:45PM-7:41 PM

STILL HUMAN

HK

DOL

6:00PM-8:07 PM

KILLING FOR THE PROSECUTION

JP

DOL

6:15PM-7:42 PM

CHEF FLYNN

US

DOL

6:30PM-7:57 PM

KEVIN ROCHE: THE QUIET ARCHITECT

IR, FR, SP

DOL

6:30PM-8:08 PM

CALL HER GANDA

PH, US

DOL

8:00PM-9:50 PM

MIND THE GAP SHORTS

VARIOUS

DOL

8:15PM-10:14 PM 50 FIRST KISSES

JP

DOL

8:30PM-10:25 PM ON YOUR WEDDING DAY

KR

DOL

8:30PM-10:56 PM ASH IS PUREST WHITE

CN

DOL

8:45PM-10:36 PM NON-FICTION

FR

DOL

9:00PM-10:51 PM THE ROPE CURSE

TW

DOL

10:30 AM-11:54 AM STUDENT SHOWCASE

US

DOL

11:00 AM-12:45 PM WOMAN AT WAR

FR, IS, UA

DOL

11:00 AM-12:20 PM EATING UP EASTER

CL, US

DOL

11:00 AM-9:00 PM

VR LOUNGE

VARIOUS

SALT

11:15 AM-1:41 PM

ASH IS PUREST WHITE

CN

DOL

12:45PM-2:41 PM

BORN BONE BORN

JP

DOL

1:15PM-2:24 PM

T-SHIRT THEATRE PRESENTS: KIPUKA

US

DOL

1:15PM-3:07 PM

REEL WAHINE OF HAWAI‘I

US

DOL

1:00PM-3:06 PM

CAPERNAUM

LB

DOL

2:15PM-4:57 PM

HUSBAND MATERIAL

IN

DOL

2:30PM-4:03 PM

INTO THE OKAVANGO

US

DOL

3:15PM-5:17 PM

WACHIGAI-YA ITOSATO

JP

DOL

3:15PM-4:59 PM

BETHANY HAMILTON: UNSTOPPABLE

FJ, PF, ID, US

DOL

3:30PM-5:00 PM

808 FILMMAKER TOWN HALL

US

DOL

3:45PM-5:29 PM

TEN YEARS: JAPAN

HK, JP

DOL

4:30PM-6:11 PM

BREAKING THE BEE

US

DOL

5:30PM-7:28 PM

WISH YOU WERE HERE

CN, JP

DOL

5:45PM-8:05 PM

ROMA

MX

DOL

6:00PM-8:12 PM

GATAO: RISE OF THE KING

TW

DOL

6:00PM-7:17 PM

LEITIS IN WAITING

TO

DOL

SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 10 IBM IBM Building 1240 Ala Moana Boulevard Honolulu, HI 96814

PAL The Palace Theater 38 Haili Street Hilo, HI 96720 Big Island of Hawai’i

WAI Historic Waimea Theater 9691 Kaumualii Highway Waimea, HI 96796 Island of Kauai

MACC Maui Arts & Cultural Center One Cameron Way Kahului, Maui 96732

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FILM SCHEDULE

MONDAY, NOVEMBER 12

6:45PM-8:26 PM

SIR

IN

DOL

6:45PM-8:22 PM

ADULTHOOD

KR

DOL

11:00 AM-9:00 PM

VR LOUNGE

8:00PM-9:48 PM

THE UNITY OF HEROES

CN

DOL

12:30PM-2:03 PM

SHARKWATER EXTINCTION CA

8:15PM-9:49 PM

STOKE

US

DOL

1:00PM-2:44 PM

TEN YEARS: JAPAN

HK, JP

DOL

JP

8:30PM-10:36 PM SHOPLIFTERS

VARIOUS

SALT DOL

DOL

1:15PM-2:48 PM

INTO THE OKAVANGO

US

DOL

8:45PM-10:24 PM CAREFUL WHAT YOU PACK VARIOUS SHORTS

DOL

2:45PM-3:54 PM

T-SHIRT THEATRE PRESENTS: KIPUKA

US

DOL

8:45PM-10:20 PM COLD WAR

PL

DOL

3:00PM-4:41 PM

JP

DOL

I USED TO BE NORMAL: A AU BOYBAND FANGIRL STORY

DOL

9:00PM-10:41 PM ONE CUT OF THE DEAD

3:00PM-4:55 PM

VOICES BEHIND BARBED WIRE

US

DOL

3:15PM-4:32 PM

LEITIS IN WAITING

TO

DOL

3:30PM-5:11 PM

BREAKING THE BEE

US

DOL

3:45PM-5:26 PM

SIR

IN

DOL

4:45PM-6:55 PM

BIRDS OF PASSAGE

CO

DOL

5:30PM-7:26 PM

BORN BONE BORN

JP

DOL

5:45PM-7:09 PM

SHE SHEARS

NZ

DOL

5:45PM-7:43 PM

MA'OHI NUI, IN THE HEART OF THE OCEAN MY COUNTRY LIES

BE

DOL

SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 11 11:00 AM-9:00 PM

VARIOUS

SALT

11:30 AM-12:57 PM CHEF FLYNN

US

DOL

11:30 AM-1:07 PM

ADULTHOOD

KR

DOL

12:00PM-1:34 PM

STOKE

US

DOL

12:30PM-1:45 PM

SECRET SCREENING

US

DOL

1:00PM-2:44 PM

BETHANY HAMILTON: UNSTOPPABLE

FJ, PF, ID, US

DOL 6:00PM-8:04 PM

WRATH OF SILENCE

CN

DOL

1:15PM-2:48 PM

SHARKWATER EXTINCTION CA

DOL

6:15PM-7:40 PM

KILLING

JP

DOL

1:30PM-3:35 PM

ASAKO I & II

JP

DOL

7:30PM-9:48 PM

EVERYBODY KNOWS

ES

DOL

1:30PM-3:11 PM

I USED TO BE NORMAL: A AU BOYBAND FANGIRL STORY

DOL

7:45PM-9:21 PM

THE BIGGEST LITTLE FARM US

DOL

8:00PM-9:06 PM

THIS AND NOTHING ELSE: US RED BULL WA'A + SURFING TO COPE

DOL

VR LOUNGE

2:15PM-3:37 PM

ANOTE'S ARK

CA

DOL

2:45PM-4:23 PM

CALL HER GANDA

PH, US

DOL

3:30PM-4:53 PM

MY HERO'S SHADOW

US

DOL

8:15PM-10:27 PM INUYASHIKI

JP

DOL

8:15PM-9:53 PM

UK, US

DOL

KH

DOL

GENERAL MAGIC

3:30PM-5:32 PM

FOR LOVE'S SAKE

JP

DOL

3:45PM-5:38 PM

OHANA MEANS... SHORTS

VARIOUS

DOL

4:00PM-6:05 PM

DISNEY'S MOANA 'OLELO HAWAI'I

US

DOL

4:00PM-6:10 PM

BIRDS OF PASSAGE

CO

DOL

2:30PM-5:12 PM

HUSBAND MATERIAL

IN

DOL

3:00PM-4:45 PM

3 FACES

IR

DOL

8:30PM-10:08 PM THE PREY

TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 13

5:00PM-6:40 PM

PEOPLE'S REPUBLIC OF DESIRE

CN, US

DOL

3:00PM-5:18 PM

EVERYBODY KNOWS

ES

DOL

5:45PM-7:15 PM

HEAVY WATER

US

DOL

3:30PM-4:52 PM

ANOTE'S ARK

CA

DOL

6:00PM-7:55 PM

ON YOUR WEDDING DAY

KR

DOL

5:30PM-7:15 PM

SONG LANG

VN

DOL

6:15PM-8:00 PM

3 FACES

IR

DOL

5:45PM-7:26 PM

LONG TIME NO SEA

TW

DOL

6:30PM-8:02 PM

THE EMPTY HANDS

HK

DOL

5:45PM-7:30 PM

EVERY DAY IS A GOOD DAY

JP

DOL

6:30PM-8:37 PM

SINK OR SWIM

FR

DOL

6:00PM-7:34 PM

ACM UHM NIGHT

US

DOL

KR

DOL

6:15PM-7:55 PM

EMU RUNNER

AU

DOL

8:00PM-10:25 PM LONG DAY'S JOURNEY INTO CN NIGHT

DOL

6:30PM-8:00 PM

HEAVY WATER

US

DOL

7:45PM-9:50 PM

ASAKO I & II

JP

DOL

8:30PM-10:15 PM THE LEGEND OF THE STARDUST BROTHERS

JP

DOL

8:00PM-10:11 PM FENGSHUI

KR

DOL

8:30PM-10:41 PM THE BLOOD OF WOLVES

JP

8:15PM-9:51 PM

THE SWEET REQUIEM

DOL

IN

DOL

8:45PM-10:38 PM BORDER

DK

DOL

8:30PM-9:45 PM

SHANGHAI FILM ACADEMY CN SHOWCASE

9:00PM-11:12 PM GATAO: RISE OF THE KING

TW

DOL

8:00PM-10:10 PM THE WITCH: PART 1. THE SUBVERSION

DOL

8:30PM-10:37 PM KILLING FOR THE PROSECUTION

JP

DOL

8:45PM-10:26 PM ONE CUT OF THE DEAD

JP

DOL

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WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 14

3:15PM-4:50 PM

UNITED SKATES

US

DOL

3:45PM-5:25 PM

HOUSE OF MY FATHERS

LK

DOL

1:15PM-2:56 PM

LONG TIME NO SEA

TW

DOL

4:00PM-5:20 PM

AUGUST AT AKIKO'S

US

DOL

3:00PM-4:58 PM

MA'OHI NUI, IN THE HEART OF THE OCEAN MY COUNTRY LIES

BE

DOL

5:30PM-7:35 PM

RECALL

JP

DOL

5:45PM-7:14 PM

FICTION & OTHER REALITIES

KR

DOL

3:15PM-4:53 PM

GENERAL MAGIC

UK, US

DOL

6:00PM-8:06 PM

HERSTORY

KR

DOL

3:30PM-4:53 PM

MY HERO'S SHADOW

US

DOL

6:00PM-7:51 PM

THE ROPE CURSE

TW

DOL

3:45PM-5:36 PM

MEMORIES OF MY BODY

ID

DOL

6:15PM-8:17 PM

FOR LOVE'S SAKE

JP

DOL

5:30PM-7:02 PM

THE EMPTY HANDS

HK

DOL

6:45PM-8:26 PM

HAPPY TOGETHER

HK

DOL

5:30PM-7:29 PM

50 FIRST KISSES

JP

DOL

8:00PM-9:32 PM

INVENTING TOMORROW

US

DOL

5:45PM-7:30 PM

MIRAI

JP

DOL

8:00PM-9:48 PM

VARIOUS

DOL

6:00PM-8:09 PM

LAST CHILD

KR

DOL

PACIFIC SHOWCASE SHORTS

6:00PM-7:39 PM

MADE IN HAWAII SHORTS

US

DOL

8:15PM-9:56 PM

HANALEI BAY

JP, US

DOL

6:15PM-7:55 PM

HOUSE OF MY FATHERS

LK

DOL

8:30PM-10:50 PM THE GREAT BATTLE

KR

DOL

7:45PM-10:10 PM LONG DAY'S JOURNEY INTO CN NIGHT

DOL

8:45PM-11:10 PM YOCHO (FOREBODING)

JP

DOL

9:00PM-10:53 PM BORDER

DK

DOL

8:00PM-10:15 PM GREEN BOOK

US

DOL

8:00PM-9:20 PM

US

DOL

8:30PM-10:41 PM FENGSHUI

KR

DOL

8:30PM-10:12 PM IT'S BORING HERE, PICK ME UP

JP

DOL

8:45PM-11:00 PM INUYASHIKI

JP

DOL

AUGUST AT AKIKO'S

SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 17 11:00 AM-12:39 PM MADE IN HAWAII SHORTS

THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 15

US

DOL

12:00PM-12:51 PM JOEL S. GOLDSMITH, THE US MAN AND HIS MESSAGE; PART 1 - CONSCIOUSNESS AND MEDITATION

DOL

12:30PM-2:13 PM

IN THE MOOD FOR LOVE

HK

DOL

12:45PM-2:30 PM

MIRAI

JP

DOL

12:45PM-2:45 PM

THE EYES OF ORSON WELLES

US

DOL

1:15PM-2:56 PM

THE THIRD WIFE

VN

DOL

1:30PM-3:38 PM

SUNSET IN MY HOMETOWN KR

DOL

2:00PM-4:15 PM

GREEN BOOK

US

DOL

DOL

2:45PM-4:42 PM

MANTO

IN

DOL

JP

DOL

3:00PM-5:12 PM

DOL

CHUNGKING EXPRESS WITH WONG KAR WAI

HK

DOL

THE MIRACLE OF CRYBABY JP SHOTTAN

3:30PM-5:17 PM

BE THE CHANGE SHORTS

VARIOUS

DOL

7:00PM-8:23 PM

THE HUNGRY LION

JP

DOL

4:15PM-5:12 PM

JP

DOL

8:00PM-9:37 PM

MAUI'S HOOK

NZ

DOL

8:15PM-9:50 PM

UNITED SKATES

US

MODEST HEROES: PONOC SHORT FILMS THEATRE, VOL. 1

DOL

US

5:00PM-6:25 PM

GRIT

8:15PM-10:23 PM DESTROYER

ID

DOL

DOL

THE GREAT BATTLE

8:30PM-10:27 PM SAMURAI'S PROMISE

JP

5:15PM-7:35 PM

KR

DOL

DOL

SAMURAI'S PROMISE

9:00PM-10:38 PM THE PREY

KH

5:45PM-7:42 PM

JP

DOL

DOL

5:45PM-7:23 PM

TRANSMILITARY

US

DOL

6:00PM-8:07 PM

SINK OR SWIM

FR

DOL

2:45PM-4:09 PM

SHE SHEARS

NZ

DOL

3:00PM-4:45 PM

SONG LANG

VN

DOL

3:15PM-4:55 PM

EMU RUNNER

AU

DOL

3:30PM-5:28 PM

WISH YOU WERE HERE

CN, JP

DOL

3:45PM-5:21 PM

THE SWEET REQUIEM

IN

DOL

5:30PM-7:11 PM

THE THIRD WIFE

VN

DOL

6:00PM-8:08 PM

SUNSET IN MY HOMETOWN KR

6:00PM-7:15 PM

BLANK 13

6:30PM-8:17 PM

FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 16 1:00PM-3:03 PM

RIVER'S EDGE

JP

6:30PM-7:53 PM

THE HUNGRY LION

JP

DOL

DOL

7:00PM-8:25 PM

KILLING

JP

DOL

THE UNITY OF HEROES

CN

DOL

US

DOL

1:30PM-3:10 PM

PEOPLE'S REPUBLIC OF DESIRE

CN, US

DOL

8:00PM-9:48 PM

2:45PM-4:22 PM

MAUI'S HOOK

NZ

DOL

8:00PM-10:02 PM IF BEALE STREET COULD TALK

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FILM SCHEDULE

SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 17

8:15PM-10:26 PM THE BLOOD OF WOLVES

JP

DOL

8:30PM-9:46 PM

KR

DOL

1:45PM-3:50 PM

FIRST LOVE

PH

WAI

8:45PM-10:30 PM THE LEGEND OF THE STARDUST BROTHERS

JP

DOL

4:00PM-5:35 PM

UNITED SKATES

US

WAI

9:00PM-11:10 PM THE WITCH: PART 1. THE SUBVERSION

KR

6:00PM-8:02 PM

WACHIGAI-YA ITOSATO

JP

WAI

KR

WAI

THE RUNNING ACTRESS

DOL

8:15PM-10:26 PM FENGSHUI

SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 18

SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 18 10:30 AM-12:30 PM THE EYES OF ORSON WELLES

US

DOL

10:45 AM-12:33 PM PACIFIC SHOWCASE SHORTS

VARIOUS

DOL

10:45 AM-12:10 PM GRIT

ID

DOL

11:30 AM-1:30 PM

TBA

DOL

11:45 AM-1:45PM

TBA

DOL

12:00PM-2:12 PM

THE MIRACLE OF CRYBABY JP SHOTTAN

DOL

1:00PM-2:55 PM

VOICES BEHIND BARBED WIRE

US

WAI

3:15PM-5:00 PM

MIRAI

JP

WAI

5:15PM-6:21 PM

THIS AND NOTHING ELSE: US RED BULL WA'A + SURFING TO COPE

WAI

7:00PM-8:40 PM

HANALEI BAY

JP

WAI

US

PAL

US

PAL

PH

PAL

US

PAL

BIG ISLAND SCHEDULE THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 29

1:00PM-2:56 PM

STILL HUMAN

HK

DOL

1:00PM-2:38 PM

TRANSMILITARY

US

DOL

1:15PM-2:44 PM

FICTION & OTHER REALITIES

KR

DOL

2:00PM-4:06 PM

HERSTORY

KR

DOL

2:15PM-4:00 PM

EVERY DAY IS A GOOD DAY

JP

DOL

2:45PM-4:26 PM

HANALEI BAY

JP, US

DOL

3:15PM-4:57 PM

IT'S BORING HERE, PICK ME UP

JP

DOL

3:30PM-5:39 PM

LAST CHILD

KR

DOL

1:00PM-2:39 PM

MADE IN HAWAII SHORTS

US

PAL

EATING UP EASTER

CL, US

PAL

6:30PM-9:03 PM

MOANANUIĀKEA: ONE OCEAN. ONE PEOPLE. ONE CANOE.

FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 30 6:00PM-7:32 PM

INVENTING TOMORROW

8:15PM-10:20 PM FIRST LOVE

SATURDAY, DECEMBER 1 10:45AM-12:26PM WAKE

3:30PM-5:06 PM

THE BIGGEST LITTLE FARM US

DOL

3:30PM-4:50 PM

4:30PM-6:11 PM

WAKE

US

DOL

5:30PM-6:50 PM

AUGUST AT AKIKO'S

US

PAL

7:30PM-9:26 PM

BORN BONE BORN

JP

PAL

5:00PM-7:05 PM

RECALL

JP

DOL

5:30PM-7:34 PM

WRATH OF SILENCE

CN

DOL

5:30PM-7:30 PM

TBA

6:00PM-8:05 PM

FIRST LOVE

PH

DOL

6:30PM-9:03 PM

MOANANUIĀKEA: ONE OCEAN. ONE PEOPLE. ONE CANOE.

US

HTC

7:00PM-9:00 PM

TBA

7:30PM-9:25 PM

VOX LUX

DOL

DOL US

8:00PM-10:00 PM TBA 8:15PM-9:31 PM

THE RUNNING ACTRESS

8:30PM-10:55 PM YOCHO (FOREBODING)

KR

DOL

JP

DOL

6:15PM-7:35PM

EATING UP EASTER

PAL

5:15PM-6:21 PM

THIS AND NOTHING ELSE: US RED BULL WA'A + SURFING TO COPE

PAL

7:00PM-8:34 PM

STOKE

US

PAL

US

MACC

1:00PM-2:33 PM

SHARKWATER EXTINCTION CA

MACC

3:00PM-4:59 PM

50 FIRST KISSES

JP

MACC

CA

MACC

MAUI SCHEDULE FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 30 6:30PM-9:03 PM

MOANANUIĀKEA: ONE OCEAN. ONE PEOPLE. ONE CANOE.

SATURDAY, DECEMBER 1

US

WAI

SUNDAY, DECEMBER 2 1:30PM-2:52 PM

FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 16 8:00PM-10:02 PM FOR LOVE'S SAKE

US

DOL

THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 15 MOANANUIĀKEA: ONE OCEAN. ONE PEOPLE. ONE CANOE.

VOICES BEHIND BARBED WIRE

DOL

KAUAI SCHEDULE 6:30PM-9:03 PM

SUNDAY, DECEMBER 2 1:00PM-2:55 PM

US

WAI

JP

WAI

ANOTE'S ARK

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PRESENTING SPONSOR

MAJOR SPONSORS

PREMIERE SPONSORS

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SPONSORS

FESTIVAL SPONSORS DAVIS •

EVIN IVINGSTON ATTORNEYS

MEDIA SPONSORS

COMMUNITY PARTNERS

MAHALO THE PROGRAM IS PRESENTED IN PART BY AN AWARD FROM THE NATIONAL ENDOWMENT FOR THE ARTS Josie & Don Over Memorial Fund at Hawaii Community Foundation McInerny Foundation NEXTDOOR HAWAII Network for the Promotion of Asian Cinema (NETPAC) ‘Ulu’ulu: The Henry Ku’ualoha Guigni Moving Image Archive of Hawaii G.N. Wilcox Trust

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MADE IN HAWAII FILM AWARDS HIFF will present the second annual MADE IN HAWAII FILM AWARD this year to continue our focus on the dynamic and flourishing local independent film scene that strives onward here in the Hawaiian Islands. Fiction, Non-fiction and short films that are made by locally-based filmmakers or involve locally-based stories are spread out throughout the 2018 film program to stand alongside works from around the world. HIFF's decision to include this competition was an easy one, as the Festival has an illustrious history of providing a forum for Hawaii-made films for its 38 year history. As the media landscape changes, along with the democratization of ‘filmmaking’

itself via digital technology, the rise of local cinema artists has drastically increased. At the same time, creative content produced by indigenous people around the world, including Native Hawaiians, is on the rise. With this in mind, the intent of the MADE IN HAWAII FILM AWARD is to provide accolades to films that our esteemed jury feel offer significant representation of stories that authentically reflect the unique, yet universal experiences of ourselves. The Made In Hawaii section is presented by the Hawai’i Film Office. The cash awards for the Made In Hawaii Award Winners will be presented by the Nichols Family Film Fund.

2018 BEST MADE IN HAWAII FEATURE NOMINEES

AUGUST AT AKIKO’S

BETHANY HAMILTON: UNSTOPPABLE

HAWAII PREMIERE

HAWAII PREMIERE

MOANANUIĀKEA: ONE OCEAN. ONE PEOPLE. ONE CANOE.

DIRECTOR: CHRISTOPHER YOGI

DIRECTOR: AARON LIEBER

WORLD PREMIERE

See page 22 for details.

See page 22 for details.

DIRECTOR: NA’ALEHU ANTHONY See page 20 for details.

MY HERO’S SHADOW

STOKE

T-SHIRT THEATRE PRESENTS: KIPUKA

WORLD PREMIERE

WORLD PREMIERE

WORLD PREMIERE

DIRECTOR: JUSTIN YOUNG

DIRECTOR: ZOE EISENBERG, PHILLIPS PAYSON

DIRECTOR: JEREMIAH TAYAO

See page 37 for details.

See page 42 for details.

See page 43 for details.

2018 BEST MADE IN HAWAII SHORT NOMINEES HAE HAWAII

KAUMAKAIWA

THE MOON AND THE NIGHT SIX HUNDRED LUX

FESTIVAL PREMIERE

HAWAII PREMIERE

FESTIVAL PREMIERE

HAWAII PREMIERE

THIS AND NOTHING ELSE: REDBULL WA’A

DIRECTOR: TY SANGA

DIRECTOR: BRADLEY TANGONAN

DIRECTOR: ERIN LAU

DIRECTOR: KOA SAN LUIS

HAWAII PREMIERE

KALEWA

MAUKA TO MAKAI

SHORELINE

SURFING TO COPE

FESTIVAL PREMIERE

FESTIVAL PREMIERE

HAWAII PREMIERE

HAWAII PREMIERE

See page 44 for details.

DIRECTOR: MITCHEL VIERNES

DIRECTOR: ALIKA MAIKAU

DIRECTORS: BRANDI MARTIN

DIRECTOR: KATIE WALSH

See page 49 for details.

See page 49 for details.

See page 49 for details.

See page 49 for details.

See page 49 for details.

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See page 49 for details.

See page 49 for details.

See page 44 for details.

DIRECTOR: MARC LEVY, JUSTIN MITCHELL, MARC SALOMON


AWARDS

KAU KA HŌKŪ AWARD HIFF was an annual stop for the Pulitzer winning film critic Roger Ebert, who hailed the festival as “a showcase for emerging filmmakers from the Asia and Pacific Rim.” The KAU KA HŌKŪ will be awarded to an emerging filmmaker (first or second feature film). Both fiction and non-fiction feature films will be nominated by the festival programmers and adjudicated by an international jury.

2018 KAU KA HŌKŪ NOMINEES

AUGUST AT AKIKO’S

GRIT

HOUSE OF MY FATHERS

HAWAII PREMIERE

HAWAII PREMIERE

NORTH AMERICAN PREMIERE

DIRECTOR: CHRISTOPHER YOGI

DIRECTOR(S): SASHA FRIEDLANDER, CYNTHIA WADE

DIRECTOR: SUBA SIVAKUMARAN

THE HUNGRY LION

LAST CHILD

LEITIS IN WAITING

HAWAII PREMIERE

HAWAII PREMIERE

HAWAII PREMIERE

DIRECTOR: TAKAOMI OGATA

DIRECTOR: SHIN DONG-SEOK

DIRECTOR(S): DEAN HAMER, JOE WILSON

MAUI’S HOOK

PEOPLE’S REPUBLIC OF DESIRE

THE RUNNING ACTRESS

INTERNATIONAL PREMIERE

HAWAII PREMIERE

HAWAII PREMIERE

DIRECTOR: TE OTI TAKARANGI JOSEPH PAORA

DIRECTOR: HAO WU

DIRECTOR: MOON SO-RI

THE THIRD WIFE

TRANSMILITARY

See page 22 for details.

See page 31 for details.

See page 30 for details.

See page 31 for details.

See page 36 for details.

HAWAII PREMIERE

DIRECTOR: ASH MAYFAIR See page 44 for details.

See page 34 for details.

See page 38 for details.

See page 35 for details.

See page 40 for details.

HAWAII PREMIERE

DIRECTOR(S): FIONA DAWSON, GABE SILVERMAN See page 45 for details.

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HONOREES

HIFF HONOREES MAVERICK AWARD PRESENTED BY HALEKULANI: AWKWAFINA Awkwafina is an American actress, writer, rapper and musician from Queens, New York. Awkwafina, whose given name is Nora Lum, brings an impressive range of talent peppered with her signature flair, and has become a major breakout talent of summer 2018 with her co-starring roles in OCEAN’S 8 and CRAZY RICH ASIANS. Noted for the satire of her hilarious original music, Awkwafina became an internet sensation in 2012 with her viral video “My Vag.” Her first book, Awkwafina’s NYC, a travel guide to New York, was published by Penguin Random House in 2015. Lum is currently developing a scripted series with Comedy Central. She is the second Asian American woman to ever host Saturday Night Live. A true multi-hyphenate, Lum is dominating all media, breaking  the glass ceiling not only for women, but also Asian Americans. She is a true maverick and changing the game on her own terms. 

MAVERICK AWARD PRESENTED BY HALEKULANI: STEVEN YEUN For seven seasons, Steven Yeun was the breakout star in post-apocalyptic television series THE WALKING DEAD, which became a global phenomenon. Portraying former pizza deliverer Glenn, Yun became a fan favorite and game changer for Asian American males on television, romancing farm girl Maggie, becoming the heart of the series. His character’s shocking death in the Season 7 premiere shook the audience to its core and the fandom was never the same. Yeun would go onto feature film work, working with international auteurs and eclectic up-and-comers in a wide range of genres — He was the lead in the slasher satire MAYHEM for Joe Lynch as his first post-THE WALKING DEAD role. He would also co-star in the Sundance favorite SORRY TO BOTHER YOU directed by Boots Riley, which was released this summer. As a Korean American, however, Yeun went back to his roots to work with South Korea’s greatest directors—As Korean American activist K in Bong Joon-ho’s OKJA and as Seoul playboy Ben in Lee Chang-dong’s BURNING. Both films had their world premieres at the Cannes Film Festival. Crafting an eclectic career that vacillates between arthouse and fandom culture, HIFF is honored to present Steven Yeun with this year’s Maverick Award.

CAREER ACHIEVEMENT AWARD: MOON SO-RI Dubbed the “Meryl Streep” of South Korea, Moon So-ri is one of the most acclaimed Asian actresses of her generation, starring in seminal award winning films that are benchmarks in ‘hallyu’ or the Korean Wave of cinema in the 2000s. Working with auteur Lee Chang-dong in her powerful debut PEPPERMINT CANDY (1999) and OASIS (2002), she received great acclaim for her raw performance as a woman with cerebral palsy, winning the Marcello Mastroianni Award at the Venice Film Festival. For the next decade, Moon would work with arthouse auteurs like Hong Sang-soo (HA HA HA, IN ANOTHER COUNTRY) Im Sang-soo (THE GOOD LAWYER’S WIFE) and the sports sleeper hit FOREVER THE MOMENT. Wanting to spread her artistic wings, Moon would enroll as a film student at Chung-Ang University, which is an unusual move for a South Korean actress, especially someone as lauded and famous as her. Her graduate degree made her into a full-fledged filmmaker and a great one at that, with her graduate films becoming the feature-length omnibus THE RUNNING ACTRESS, which is part Hong Sang-soo and part Larry David, as the films star Moon as herself, a forty-something actress navigating through the Korean film industry. It’s a daring and inventive mid-career move for an artist who is truly at the top of her game, constantly reinventing herself.

PIC TRAILBLAZER AWARD: HEPERI MITA Born into a movie making family, a career in the film industry was inescapable for director Heperi “Hepi” Mita - not that he didn't try. His media career began in 2007, working in online journalism for the pulitzer prize winning Las Vegas Sun newspaper. He returned to his home country of Aotearoa / New Zealand in 2011, following the death of his mother - indigenous filmmaking pioneer Merata Mita (UTU), who was also an educator and mentor on the inaugural staff of the UH Manoa Academy for Creative Media (ACM). Back in New Zealand, it was here that Hepi began his career as an archivist with Ngˉa Taonga sound and vision, the nation's film archive.  The combination of these experiences culminated in his directorial debut with documentary MERATA: HOW MUM DECOLONISED THE SCREEN, which world  premiered at the New Zealand International Film Festival this past summer. HIFF will present the Hawaii premiere of this film at Spring Showcase 2019. As the mantle bearer of his mother’s legacy, Hepi continues to be a beacon for Maori and indigenous filmmakers and media, perpetuating this legacy for generations to come. 

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OPENING NIGHT FILM

SHADOW HAWAII PREMIERE

OPENING NIGHT FILM CHINA 2018 | CHINESE, WITH ENGLISH SUBTITLES | 116M DIRECTOR: ZHANG YIMOU 8-NOV 8:00 PM DOL Chinese auteur and HIFF favorite Zhang Yimou returns to the screen with an explosive tale of intrigue and action set within the warring 'Three Kingdoms.' A wild and ambitious ruler, his loyal but cunning commander, and a double he's set up as insurance play games of deceit as war rages through their kingdom. Swapping his color palette for an aesthetic largely inspired by the ancient Chinese painting tradition of ink brush, Zhang brings this aesthetic to the big screen in a ravishing film reminiscent of his classics HERO and THE CURSE OF THE GOLDEN FLOWER. The result is a hybrid film that begins abstractly and segues into breathtaking action scenes of epic scale that must be experienced on the big screen!

CENTERPIECE FILM

GREEN BOOK HAWAII PREMIERE

CENTERPIECE PRESENTATION UNITED STATES 2018 | ENGLISH | 130M DIRECTOR: PETER FARRELLY 14-NOV 8:00 PM DOL • 17-NOV 2:00 PM DOL When Tony Lip (Mortensen), a bouncer from the Bronx, is hired to drive Dr. Don Shirley (Ali), a world-class Black pianist, on a concert tour from Manhattan to the Deep South, they must rely on “The Green Book” to guide them to the few establishments that were then safe for African-Americans. Confronted with racism, danger—as well as unexpected humanity and humor—they are forced to set aside differences to survive and thrive on the journey of a lifetime. GREEN BOOK won the coveted Audience Award at the recent Toronto Film Festival. Produced by Jim Burke (THE DESCENDANTS, HIFF 2012) and directed by Peter Farrelly.

CLOSING NIGHT FILM

MOANANUIĀKEA: ONE OCEAN. ONE PEOPLE. ONE CANOE. WORLD PREMIERE

CLOSING NIGHT FILM UNITED STATES 2018 | ENGLISH | 148M DIRECTOR: NA'ALEHU ANTHONY 18-NOV 6:30 PM HTC 15-NOV 6:30 PM WAI (KAUAI) • 29-NOV 6:30 PM PAL (HILO) • 30-NOV 6:30 PM MAC (MAUI) In 1976, a voyaging canoe sparked a cultural revival that quickly spread throughout Polynesia, breathing life into ancient myths and legends. More than four decades later, Hˉokˉule’a continues to inspire a new generation of navigators and voyagers to ˉ gather their courage and sail beyond the horizon of the Pacific. MOANANUIAKEA: ONE OCEAN. ONE PEOPLE. ONE CANOE. celebrates the historic Worldwide Voyage that connected countless communities from around the globe. A voyage that also represented the fulfillment of the vision of Nainoa Thompson and his contemporaries, the passing of the mantle to the next generation of kˉanaka maoli who will retain the skills of their ancestors and perpetuate this tradition for generations to come. HIFF is honored to present this engaging film as the Closing Night Presentation.

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3 FACES

50 FIRST KISSES

HAWAII PREMIERE

NORTH AMERICAN PREMIERE

AWARDS BUZZ

SPOTLIGHT ON JAPAN

IRAN 2018 | FARSI, WITH ENGLISH SUBTITLES | 100M DIRECTOR: JAFAR PANAHI

JAPAN 2018 | JAPANESE, WITH ENGLISH SUBTITLES | 114M DIRECTOR: YUICHI FUKUDA

11-NOV 6:15 PM DOL • 13-NOV 3:00 PM DOL

9-NOV 8:15 PM DOL • 14-NOV 5:30 PM DOL

Acclaimed rebel filmmaker Jafar Panahi evades his filmmaking ban and casts his eye to the fate of young women in rural Iran. After an alarming video is sent to an actress Behnaz Jafari by a distressed rural teenager, she and Panahi travel to her country town to check on her wellbeing, but as their road trip develops the quest for the girl undulates into a portrait of the everyday realities of Iranian country life.

01-DEC 3:00 PM MAC (MAUI)

ADULTHOOD

ANOTE'S ARK

HAWAII PREMIERE

HAWAII PREMIERE

SPOTLIGHT ON KOREA

PACIFIC SHOWCASE

SOUTH KOREA 2018 | KOREAN, WITH ENGLISH SUBTITLES | 92M DIRECTOR: KIM IN-SEON

CANADA 2018 | ENGLISH | 77M DIRECTOR: MATTHIEU RYTZ

10-NOV 6:45 PM DOL • 11-NOV 11:30 AM DOL

11-NOV 2:15 PM DOL • 13-NOV 3:30 PM DOL

Following the death of her father, 14-year-old Kyung-Un meets her uncle for the first time and is suspicious of his motives, but after he loses her inheritance to a loan shark, joins him on a con to earn it back. An offbeat comedy-drama from first-time director Kim In-Seon, ADULTHOOD banks on its talented cast to form a satisfying reflection on trust and the importance of family.

2-DEC 1:30 PM MACC (MAUI)

Meeting the woman of your dreams in Hawaii is a blessing until you discover she has short-term memory loss and forgets everything the next day. Does this plot sound familiar? Because it is! The Japanese remake of the rom-com 50 FIRST DATES. Takayuki Yamada is Daisuke, a womanizing travel agent. The object of his affections, Rui (Masami Nagasawa), is an art teacher living with her father and brother, who try to preserve the illusion that nothing has changed since the day of the accident that caused her amnesia.

Threatened with total destruction by rising sea levels, the low-lying pacific nation of Kiribati is poised to be one of the first catastrophic victims of climate change. Set against the backdrop of international climate negotiations, ANOTE'S ARK follows the country's president as he fights to have climate displacement recognised as an urgent human rights issue, and to find a lasting home for his people and 4,000 years of their culture.

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ASAKO I & II

ASH IS PUREST WHITE

HAWAII PREMIERE

HAWAII PREMIERE

SPOTLIGHT ON JAPAN

SPOTLIGHT ON CHINA

JAPAN 2018 | JAPANESE, WITH ENGLISH SUBTITLES | 120M DIRECTOR: RYÛSUKE HAMAGUCHI

CHINA 2018 | MANDARIN CHINESE, WITH ENGLISH SUBTITLES | 141M DIRECTOR: JIA ZHANGKE

11-NOV 1:30 PM DOL • 13-NOV 7:45 PM DOL

9-NOV 8:30 PM DOL • 10-NOV 11:15 AM DOL

Asako falls madly in love with Baku (Masahiro Higashide), but one day he suddenly disappears. Two years later, she meets his perfect double, Ryohei. They fall in love and move in together, but memories of Baku continue to haunt their seemingly perfect relationship. An official selection of the 2018 Cannes Film Festival, ASAKO I & II is the newest film from Ryûsuke Hamaguchi, the acclaimed director of HAPPY HOUR.

Chinese auteur Jia Zhangke's most serious foray into the gangster genre since A TOUCH OF SIN, is a winding tale of love, disillusionment and survival. Spanning twenty years in the life of Qiao, a young gangster's moll to Bin, who in a means to protect him from a rival gang's attack, shoots a gun in the air. She is soon sent to prison. Five years later, Qiao is released and goes looking for him only to realize the world has radically changed and left her behind.

AUGUST AT AKIKO'S

BETHANY HAMILTON: UNSTOPPABLE

HAWAII PREMIERE

HAWAII PREMIERE

MADE IN HAWAII

MADE IN HAWAII

UNITED STATES 2018 | ENGLISH | 75M DIRECTOR: CHRISTOPHER MAKOTO YOGI

FIJI, FRENCH POLYNESIA, INDONESIA, UNITED STATES 2018 | ENGLISH | 99M DIRECTOR: AARON LIEBER

14-NOV 8:00 PM DOL • 16-NOV 4:00 PM DOL

10-NOV 3:15 PM DOL • 11-NOV 1:00 PM DOL

01-DEC 5:30 PM PAL (HILO)

Bethany Hamilton is rewriting the rules on being a fearless athlete. This is the untold story of the heart of a champion and her resilience against all odds to become one of the leading professional surfers of our time. Follow her journey as a new mother chasing a toddler to chasing the biggest waves on her quest to be the best, bringing new power to the phrase #SurfsLikeAGirl. When you don't know how to stop you become unstoppable.

Armed with just his suitcase and a sax, cosmopolitan musician Alex Zhang Hungtai (Dirty Beaches, Last Lizard) returns home to the Big Island having been away for nearly a decade. Amidst possessed sax solos and brooding strolls, Alex stumbles upon a Buddhist bed & breakfast run by a woman named Akiko (Akiko Masuda). Hungtai's wild sax and Akiko's Buddhist bells form the base for a rich soundtrack that wraps around the audience like a sonic web surrounding the unexpected new friendship.

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THE BIGGEST LITTLE FARM

BIRDS OF PASSAGE

HAWAII PREMIERE

HAWAII PREMIERE

GREEN SCREEN

AWARDS BUZZ

UNITED STATES 2018 | ENGLISH | 91M DIRECTOR: JOHN CHESTER

COLOMBIA 2018 | SPANISH, WITH ENGLISH SUBTITLES | 125M DIRECTOR: CRISTINA CALLEGO, CIRO GUERRA

12-NOV 7:45 PM DOL • 18-NOV 3:30 PM DOL

11-NOV 4:00 PM DOL • 12-NOV 4:45 PM DOL

John and Molly are living the dream of leaving city life behind and getting back to nature on their own organic farm, but as the harsh realities of farm life collide with their ideals they must find new ways of adapt to their environment. A fascinating, playful and inspirational glimpse into the trials of going back to nature, BIGGEST LITTLE FARM imagines a hopeful alternative to industrial agriculture.

BIRDS OF PASSAGE chronicles the origins of the Colombian drug trade, as seen through eyes of an indigenous Wayuu family that becomes involved in the booming business of selling marijuana to American youth in the 1970s. When greed, passion and honor collide, a fratricidal war breaks out and puts their lives, culture and ancestral traditions at stake. The follow-up to Ciro Guerra's EMBRACE OF THE SERPENT, with co-directing credit by Cristina Gallego, this drug war epic is a sprawling tale of drugs, dowries and indigenous traditions.

BLANK 13

THE BLOOD OF WOLVES

HAWAII PREMIERE

HAWAII PREMIERE

SPOTLIGHT ON JAPAN

SPOTLIGHT ON JAPAN

JAPAN 2018 | JAPANESE, WITH ENGLISH SUBTITLES | 70M DIRECTOR: TAKUMI SAITOH

JAPAN 2018 | JAPANESE, WITH ENGLISH SUBTITLES | 126M DIRECTOR: KAZUYA SHIRAISHI

15-NOV 6:00PM DOL

11-NOV 8:30 PM DOL • 17-NOV 8:15 PM DOL

Thirteen years after abandoning his wife and two sons by stepping out for a pack of cigarettes and never returning, deadbeat gambler Masato dies of stomach cancer. At his funeral, a motley crew of fellow mahjong players, pachinko parlor employees and former drinking buddies gather to pay their respects and tell stories, revealing aspects of Masato's life that complicate his sons' resentment towards him. The feature directorial debut of actor Takumi Saitoh, BLANK 13 is one of the most critically acclaimed films of 2017.

Koji Yakusho returns with one of the best performances of the year in Kazuya Shiraishi's gangster crime drama THE BLOOD OF WOLVES. Its 1988 Hiroshima, and tough guy cop Ogami (Yakusho) has a unique way of managing the local yakuza. Skirting the line of legality and morality, he maintains the peace by maintaining an 'in' with the local syndicates. But when a local man goes missing, it threatens to trigger off open gang warfare beyond Ogami's control.

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BORDER HAWAII PREMIERE

BORN BONE BORN NORTH AMERICAN PREMIERE

EUROPEAN SHOWCASE

SPOTLIGHT ON JAPAN

DENMARK 2018 | SWEDISH, WITH ENGLISH SUBTITLES | 108M DIRECTOR: ALI ABBASI

JAPAN 2018 | JAPANESE, WITH ENGLISH SUBTITLES | 111M DIRECTOR: TOSHIYUKI TERUYA

11-NOV 8:45 PM DOL • 16-NOV 9:00 PM DOL

10-NOV 12:45 PM DOL • 12-NOV 5:30 PM DOL

A timely reboot of Nordic supernatural folklore from the writer of LET THE RIGHT ONE IN, this genre-blending neo-classic's main character is Tina, a lonely misfit, who is marginally accepted in society because of her olfactory skills as a customs officer. Apparently, she is one of a kind, genetically, until one day, she develops a strange attraction to the suspect she's investigating. The case's revelations soon call into question her entire existence.

01-DEC 7:30 PM PAL (HILO)

BREAKING THE BEE

CALL HER GANDA

HAWAII PREMIERE

HAWAII PREMIERE

DOCUMENTARIES

DOCUMENTARIES

UNITED STATES 2018 | ENGLISH | 96M DIRECTOR: SAM REGA

PHILIPPINES, UNITED STATES 2018 | ENGLISH, OTHER, TAGALOG, WITH ENGLISH SUBTITLES | 93M DIRECTOR: PJ RAVAL

10-NOV 4:30 PM DOL • 12-NOV 3:30 PM DOL BREAKING THE BEE chronicles the ups and downs of four Indian-American students as they compete to realize their dream of winning the Scripps National Spelling Bee and cement their place in the two-decade dynasty of Indian-Americans dominating the iconic competition. With expert commentary from CNN's Dr. Sanjay Gupta and Fareed Zakaria, ESPN's Kevin Negandhi, comedian Hari Kondabolu, 1999 Scripps National Spelling Bee winner, Nupur Lala, and others, the film also offers an analysis into the perfect storm of events that contribute to the trend.

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Four years after their mother's death, the estranged children of the Shinjo family return to their home on Aguni Shima island in Okinawa to perform the traditional ritual of 'senkotsu' or 'bone-washing'. To everyone's surprise daughter Yuko arrives pregnant, and son Tsuyoshi mysteriously without his wife and children, while father Nobutsuna has been drowning his sorrows in alcohol. But just perhaps an ancient burial ritual is what the Shinjo family needs to heal their wounds and unite once again...

9-NOV 6:30 PM DOL • 11-NOV 2:45 PM DOL When Filipino trans-woman Jennifer Laude is found dead, all evidence points to a US marine private as her killer. However, as the marine is protected from Filipino law, the case forms a flashpoint in relations between the two countries and in international LGBT rights. Told with compassion and authority from the perspective of Jennifer's mother and attorney, CALL HER GANDA exposes the injustices of sexism, transphobia and national independence at the forefront of international debate.


FILM PROGRAM

CAPERNAUM

CHEF FLYNN

HAWAII PREMIERE

HAWAII PREMIERE

AWARDS BUZZ

EAT. DRINK. FILM.

LEBANON 2018 | LEBANESE, WITH ENGLISH SUBTITLES | 121M DIRECTOR: NADINE LABAKI

UNITED STATES 2018 | ENGLISH | 82M DIRECTOR: CAMERON YATES

10-NOV 1:00PM DOL

9-NOV 6:15 PM DOL • 11-NOV 11:30 AM DOL

CAPERNAUM, which won the Cannes Jury Prize, is about Zain, a 12-year-old boy in Beirut who, embittered by his grim circumstances, reaches a breaking point. After his parents effectively sell his beloved 11-year old sister as a child bride, Zain runs away. But soon he is captured and sent to prison, from where he launches a lawsuit against his parents, suing them for being born - a legal stunt encouraged by a TV show as a way of publicizing the issue of child poverty.

While many of young Flynn McGarry's peers were playing video games, he was creating remarkable gastronomic delights far beyond his years. He loved to prepare elaborate dinners for friends and family and soon became known as the "Teen Chef," establishing his own supper club at age 12 and being featured in a New York Times Magazine cover story at age 15. With a trove of personal archival footage and new, intimate verité footage, director Cameron Yates creates a collage of Flynn's singular focus and distinctive path through childhood.

CHUNGKING EXPRESS WITH WONG KAR WAI COLD WAR SPECIAL PRESENTATION

HAWAII PREMIERE

FILMMAKER IN FOCUS: WONG KAR WAI

EUROPEAN SHOWCASE

HONG KONG SAR CHINA 1994 | CANTONESE, WITH ENGLISH SUBTITLES | 102M DIRECTOR: WONG KAR WAI

POLAND 2018 | FRENCH, POLISH, WITH ENGLISH SUBTITLES | 90M DIRECTOR: PAWEL PAWLIKOWSKI

15-NOV 6:30 PM DOL

10-NOV 8:45 PM DOL

Director Wong Kar Wai will be in attendance for this screening for a special extended Q&A. Dreamy Takeshi Kaneshiro feeling lonely and eating canned pineapple; "California Dreaming" and "Dreams" sung by Faye Wong; a mysterious Brigitte Lin with sunglasses at night on the run; Tony Leung pining over the flight attendant who vacated his heart - lost souls in the streets of Hong Kong. CHUNGKING EXPRESS, for many, was the entry point for Hong Kong arthouse cinema, with maestro Wong Kar Wai masterfully at the helm.

Following the ravages of World War II, a Polish folk troupe is formed to recapture the national spirit lost by years of trauma. A passionate love story set against the backdrop of 1950s Poland, Berlin, Yugoslavia and Paris from Academy Award-winning director Pawel Pawlikowski (IDA), COLD WAR unites its stirring plot with breathtaking music to form one of the most poetically beautiful films of the year.

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DISCUSSION TO FOLLOW SCREENING

DESTROYER

DISNEY'S MOANA 'OLELO HAWAI'I

HAWAII PREMIERE

MADE IN HAWAII

AWARDS BUZZ UNITED STATES 2018 | ENGLISH | 123M DIRECTOR: KARYN KUSAMA 15-NOV 8:15 PM DOL As a young cop, Erin Bell went undercover to infiltrate a gang in the California desert -- with tragic results. When the leader of that gang re-emerges, Bell must work her way back through the remaining members while confronting her own demons. Nicole Kidman is unrecognizable as Bell today-grizzled, a heavy drinker, with sunken eyes. Her life is in ruins as the film slowly unravels the tragic events that destroyed her and the partner she left behind.

UNITED STATES 2017 | HAWAIIAN, WITH ENGLISH SUBTITLES | 120M DIRECTOR: RON CLEMENTS, JOHN MUSKER 11-NOV 4:00PM DOL A shortened, edited version of the translated Hawaiian language Walt Disney Animation Studios' "Moana" will be screened at HIFF 2018. A panel discussion will follow describing the process of translating the film. The movie features Annie Award-winning Auli'i Cravalho, UH Mˉanoa student Christopher Kaipulaumakaniolono Baker as Maui, multi-platinum recording artist Nicole Scherzinger as Sina, Kelikokauaikekai Hoe as Ali'i Tui, Kalehuapuake'ula Kawa'a as Puna Tala, Kamakakehau Fernandez as Tamatoa, and 24 locally cast 'ˉolelo Hawai'i speaking actors and singers.

DISCUSSION TO FOLLOW SCREENING

EATING UP EASTER WORLD PREMIERE

PACIFIC SHOWCASE | FILM FOR THOUGHT CHILE, UNITED STATES 2018 | ENGLISH, FRENCH, SPANISH, TAHITIAN, WITH ENGLISH SUBTITLES | 75M DIRECTOR: SERGIO M. RAPU For tickets and information visit:

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9-NOV 5:30 PM DOL • 10-NOV 11:00 AM DOL 16-NOV 6:15 PM WAI (KAUAI) • 01-DEC 3:30 PM PAL (HILO) Rapa Nui (Easter Island) straddles the fault line between local identity and the opportunities presented by globalism. As the local economy is subjugated by the demands of tourism, locals must contend with the contrasting expectations of indigenous culture and Western industrial capitalism amidst the fear that old practices are not valued or protected unless performed for visitors. TE PITO O TE HENUA is a timely reminder of the challenges facing indigenous peoples maintaining their culture while surviving in the modern world.


FILM PROGRAM

THE EMPTY HANDS

EMU RUNNER

HAWAII PREMIERE

UNITED STATES PREMIERE

SPOTLIGHT ON HONG KONG

PACIFIC SHOWCASE

HONG KONG SAR CHINA 2017 | CANTONESE, WITH ENGLISH SUBTITLES | 87M DIRECTOR: CHAPMAN TO

AUSTRALIA 2018 | ENGLISH | 95M DIRECTOR: IMOGEN THOMAS

11-NOV 6:30 PM DOL • 14-NOV 5:30 PM DOL

13-NOV 6:15 PM DOL • 15-NOV 3:15 PM DOL

Mari Hirakawa is the daughter of a Karate coach. Since her childhood, she has resented Karate--her only wish to one day sell the dojo. But following his death, she discovers that half of the dojo has been left to one of his pupils, Chan Keung (Chapman To). The two clash, but Chan has a unique proposition: if Mari is able to win a match in a martial arts competition, he will give her his share of the property...

A lyrical story about the impact a mother's death has on an Aboriginal family living in an isolated community perched on an ancient river. The story is seen through the eyes of Gem, a spirited 8-year-old girl, who deals with the grief of her mother's death by forging a bond with a wild emu, a mythical bird of her ancestors. This spiritual dreaming is a bond she will do anything to keep, but one that puts her at odds with the new social worker.

EVERY DAY IS A GOOD DAY

EVERYBODY KNOWS

NORTH AMERICAN PREMIERE

HAWAII PREMIERE

EAT. DRINK. FILM.

EUROPEAN SHOWCASE

JAPAN 2018 | JAPANESE, WITH ENGLISH SUBTITLES | 100M DIRECTOR: TATSUSHI OMORI

SPAIN 2018 | SPANISH, WITH ENGLISH SUBTITLES | 133M DIRECTOR: ASGHAR FARHADI

13-NOV 5:45 PM DOL • 18-NOV 2:15 PM DOL

12-NOV 7:30 PM DOL • 13-NOV 3:00 PM DOL

University student Noriko (Haru Kuroki) feels aimless, unlike her best friend Michiko who seems to have it all together, and when her mother suggests the two spend their Summer learning tea ceremony from a local teacher, she balks. But when the girls meet Teacher Takeda (Kiki Kirin) they quickly realize there is much more to 'tea' than meets the eye, setting off transformative journey into the heart of tradition, connection, and family.

Laura (Penélope Cruz) and her children travel from Buenos Aires to the village where she was born in Spain to attend her sister's wedding. There, she is reunited with friends and family she grew up with, including Paco (Javier Bardem). However, unexpected events lead the gathering toward a crisis that exposes the family's hidden past. Oscar winning Iranian filmmaker Asghar Farhadi (A SEPARATION), lenses this film in sun-dappled leisure, but soon uncovers a dark morass of secrets and lies beneath.

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THE EYES OF ORSON WELLES

FENGSHUI

HAWAII PREMIERE

HAWAII PREMIERE

DOCUMENTARIES

SPOTLIGHT ON KOREA

UNITED STATES 2018 | ENGLISH | 115M DIRECTOR: MARK COUSINS

SOUTH KOREA 2018 | KOREAN, WITH ENGLISH SUBTITLES | 126M DIRECTOR: PARK HEE-KON

17-NOV 12:45 PM DOL • 18-NOV 10:30 AM DOL

13-NOV 8:00 PM DOL • 14-NOV 8:30 PM DOL

Director Mark Cousins dives deep into the visual world of legendary director/ actor Orson Welles to reveal a portrait of the artist as he's never been seen before. Pouring through a cineaste's treasure trove that is Orson Welles's personal archives, Cousins discovers thousands of drawings, paintings and scribbles throughout Welles's life and crafts a mirror timeline of his artwork and how it reflected and informed his cinematic creative process. This fascinating perspective caps HIFF's special sidebar on the life of a true cinematic giant.

17-NOV 8:15 PM WAI (KAUAI)

FICTION & OTHER REALITIES

FIRST LOVE

HAWAII PREMIERE

HAWAII PREMIERE

SOUND X VISION

SOUTHEAST ASIAN SHOWCASE

SOUTH KOREA 2018 | KOREAN, WITH ENGLISH SUBTITLES | 84M DIRECTOR: BOBBY CHOY, STEVE LEE

PHILIPPINES 2018 | TAGALOG, WITH ENGLISH SUBTITLES | 120M DIRECTOR: PAUL SORIANO

16-NOV 5:45 PM DOL • 18-NOV 1:15 PM DOL

18-NOV 6:00 PM DOL

Budding musician Bobby Choy, a Korean-American in NYC, feels like a stranger in his own country. After his father's death, he starts writing sad songs, though he doesn't perform very often. Mostly he just practices in his bathtub. Bobby's friend Billy, offers him a job as a roadie for his band's tour, which includes a stop in Seoul. Bobby is hesitant, but decides to take the opportunity. There he meets Ina, a busker, who enchants him from first sight. Has Bobby found his true home?

17-NOV 1:45 PM WAI (KAUAI) - 30-NOV 8:15 PM PAL (HILO)

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A follow-up to the HIFF 2013 hit, THE FACE READER, FENG SHUI is Korean period drama at its best. Set in the Joseon period, the film follows a star Feng Shui master (Cho Seung-woo) who's fateful recommendation for a burial plot lands him on the wrong side of a murderous royal plot, leading to his banishment from the court. Years later he once again finds himself embroiled in a battle over a propitious site for a grave, bound to produce two kings...

Pinoy superstars Aga Muhlach and Bea Alonzo are paired on the big screen for the first time in director Paul Soriano’s latest romance drama FIRST LOVE. Ali (Alonzo) is a free spirit working in an indie bookstore in Vancouver, where she bumps into bumbling architect Nick (Muhlach) and there’s an immediate connection. Fate brings them back together and a coffee date soon blossoms into a budding romance. But Ali soon reveals that she has HCM or Hypertrophic Cardiomyopathy—meaning, she needs a new heart.


FILM PROGRAM

FOR LOVE'S SAKE

GATAO: RISE OF THE KING

INTERNATIONAL PREMIERE

HAWAII PREMIERE

EAT. DRINK. FILM.

SPOTLIGHT ON TAIWAN

JAPAN 2018 | JAPANESE, WITH ENGLISH SUBTITLES | 117M DIRECTOR: NAOKI SEGI

TAIWAN ROC 2018 | CHINESE, WITH ENGLISH SUBTITLES | 127M DIRECTOR: YEN CHENG-KUO

11-NOV 3:30 PM DOL • 16-NOV 6:15 PM DOL

10-NOV 6:00 PM DOL • 11-NOV 9:00 PM DOL

16-NOV 8:00 PM WAI (KAUAI)

A throwback to the classic gangster genre, GATAO: RISE OF THE KING packs a punch from start to finish! When a former brother of gang boss Ren's returns to the Taipei streets, he has a new money-making scheme that doesn't sit well with Ren or the old guard. But as he takes over territory at lightning speed, it seems that no one—not even Ren—will stand in his way; setting the stage for an all out war.

Shiori is a star student with an incredible palate for wine who dreams of studying winemaking in France. However, to her dismay she is assigned to a rural sake brewery for her internship. To make matters worse, upon arrival she discovers that the brewery owners don't exactly want her around. But when the brewery owner falls ill, and his upstart son is forced to take the lead, Shiori may provide the spark that can save the brewery and change her own life in the process..

DISCUSSION TO FOLLOW SCREENING

GENERAL MAGIC

THE GREAT BATTLE

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FILM FOR THOUGHT

SPOTLIGHT ON KOREA

UNITED KINGDOM, UNITED STATES 2018 | ENGLISH | 93M DIRECTOR: SARAH KERRUISH, MATT MAUDE

SOUTH KOREA 2018 | KOREAN, WITH ENGLISH SUBTITLES | 135M DIRECTOR: KIM KWANG-SIK

12-NOV 8:15 PM DOL • 14-NOV 3:15 PM DOL

16-NOV 8:30 PM DOL • 17-NOV 5:15 PM DOL

Fifteen years before the release of the iPhone, a startup in Silicone Valley designed a portable device to send messages, receive calls and organise one's life. The company responsible - General Magic - thought that they were changing the world, but turned out to be one of the greatest corporate failures of modern tech history. GENERAL MAGIC takes an inside look at the optimism and hubris fuelling the tech boom of the 1990s, and at the great minds behind today's technology.

With epic scale and breathtaking action, THE GREAT BATTLE tells the story of the Siege of Ansi, where Goguryeo forces held their fortress against 500,000 invading Tang soldiers in a battle that raged for eighty-eight days. Starring Zo In-sung in the lead as Yang Man-chun, this film tells the story of one of the greatest fights against all odds in Korean history.

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GRIT

HANALEI BAY

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GREEN SCREEN

SPOTLIGHT ON JAPAN

INDONESIA 2018 | BAHASA, WITH ENGLISH SUBTITLES | 80M DIRECTOR: SASHA FRIEDLANDER, CYNTHIA WADE

JAPAN, UNITED STATES 2018 | ENGLISH, JAPANESE, WITH ENGLISH SUBTITLES | 96M DIRECTOR: DAISHI MATSUNAGA

17-NOV 5:00 PM DOL • 18-NOV 10:45 AM DOL In 2006, sixteen villages in East Java were drowned in 60 feet of hot mud erupting violently from a failed drilling site. Ten years on, survivors are still fighting to take back their homes and receive compensation from the company responsible. Anchored by stunning cinematography, GRIT weaves a compelling story of loss and responsibility.

16-NOV 8:15 PM DOL • 18-NOV 2:45 PM DOL 18-NOV 7:00 PM WAI (KAUAI) Based on a short story by Haruki Murakami, comes a tale of loss and connection on the north shore of Kauai. Sachi's son dreamed of surfing in Hawaii, but when he's killed in an accident at Hanalei Bay, she can't fathom how to reconcile the sudden loss. Traveling to Kauai's north shore each year on the anniversary of his death, she seeks healing. When she befriends two Japanese boys her sons age at the Bay, this new connection may hold the key to grieving her loss.

HAPPY TOGETHER

HEAVY WATER

SPECIAL PRESENTATION

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FILMMAKER IN FOCUS: WONG KAR WAI

DOCUMENTARIES

HONG KONG SAR CHINA 1997 | CANTONESE, WITH ENGLISH SUBTITLES | 96M DIRECTOR: WONG KAR WAI

UNITED STATES 2018 | ENGLISH | 85M DIRECTOR: MICHAEL OBLOWITZ

16-NOV 6:45 PM DOL

11-NOV 5:45 PM DOL • 13-NOV 6:30 PM DOL

Lai (Tony Leung Chiu Wai) and his boyfriend, Ho (Leslie Cheung), arrive in Argentina from Hong Kong, seeking a better life. Their highly contentious relationship turns abusive and results in numerous break-ups and reconciliations. When Lai befriends another man, Chang (Chang Chen), he sees the futility of continuing with the promiscuous Ho. Chang, however, is on his own personal journey and, ultimately, both Lai and Ho find themselves far from home and desperately lonely.

HEAVY WATER takes a close look at surf legend Nathan Fletcher's relationship with big wave surfing, tracing his lineage back to his grandfather, one of the pioneers of Oahu's North Shore, and examining the consequences that Fletcher and his friends have faced in the pursuit of their passion for big waves. A journey through the eyes of the surfing community that delves deep into the mind-set of the big wave culture and its roots.

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HERSTORY

HOUSE OF MY FATHERS

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SPOTLIGHT ON KOREA

SPECIAL PRESENTATIONS

SOUTH KOREA 2018 | KOREAN, WITH ENGLISH SUBTITLES | 121M DIRECTOR: MIN KYU-DONG

SRI LANKA 2018 | SRI LANKAN, TAMIL, WITH ENGLISH SUBTITLES | 95M DIRECTOR: SUBA SIVAKUMARAN

16-NOV 6:00 PM DOL • 18-NOV 2:00 PM DOL

14-NOV 6:15 PM DOL • 16-NOV 3:45 PM DOL

Moon Jung-sook runs a small travel agency that's recently hit some hard times, when she comes across an article about an elderly 'comfort' woman in the newspaper. Having a now empty office, and wanting to help, she sets up a call center for victims to come forward. Little does she know that this simple act will set the stage for an international legal fight. Based on a true story, HERSTORY is one of the most heart-wrenching, uplifting and inspiring films of the year.

Two Sri Lankan villages - one Tamil, one Sinhala - have been at war with each other for decades. When, on both sides, villagers become infertile, they receive a message from the gods. A Sinhala man and a Tamil woman are to be sent to an isolated place where they will find the secret to renew life. But only one of them will return. In the Forest of the Dead, Asoka and Ahalya will have to confront the secrets of their villages and their personal pasts.

THE HUNGRY LION

HUSBAND MATERIAL

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SPOTLIGHT ON INDIA

JAPAN 2018 | JAPANESE, WITH ENGLISH SUBTITLES | 78M DIRECTOR: TAKAOMI OGATA

INDIA 2018 | HINDI, WITH ENGLISH SUBTITLES | 157M DIRECTOR: ANURAG KASHYAP

15-NOV 7:00 PM DOL • 17-NOV 6:30 PM DOL

10-NOV 2:15 PM DOL • 13-NOV 2:30 PM DOL

Hitomi is a bubbly and popular high school student when one day while in class her homeroom teacher is abruptly dismissed and arrested. When a video is leaked online of the teacher having inappropriate relations with a student, a rumor begins to circulate that the student is Hitomi. Even though it clearly doesn't seem to be true, the rumor takes on a life of its own. A powerful critique of the sway of digital media in modern life, THE HUNGRY LION is a must-see.

Rummi is a free-spirited young woman. She lives with her family in Punjab, doing her best to be a good daughter. But youthful desires have led her to Vicky. With his impulsive nature, he's the excitement she wants. But, when he constantly disappoints her and is hesitant to propose, she agrees to an arranged marriage with a London-based banker. But Rummi keeps returning to Vicky. How long can they keep their trysts secret from her family and her new husband?

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I USED TO BE NORMAL: A BOYBAND FANGIRL STORY HAWAII PREMIERE

SOUND X VISION AUSTRALIA 2018 | ENGLISH | 96M DIRECTOR: JESSICA LESKI 11-NOV 1:30 PM DOL • 12-NOV 3:00 PM DOL In this often hilarious but heartfelt documentary, the lives of four women from across the globe are radically changed by their deep love of boy bands in a fascinating, joyful exploration of intense fandom. From The Beatles to The Backstreet Boys and One Direction, boy bands across generations of popular culture will always hold a special place in the hearts of these women, mirroring the way many of us felt about the comic books, video games, or movies of our youth.

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AWARDS BUZZ UNITED STATES 2018 | ENGLISH | 117M DIRECTOR: BARRY JENKINS 17-NOV 8:00 PM DOL Fonny and Tish are in love, and this protects them from their respective families and the outside world until Fonny is falsely accused of rape. After his imprisonment, Tish finds out she is pregnant and she, her family, and her lawyer race against the clock to find evidence to free Fonny before the baby is born. Based on the James Baldwin novel, Barry Jenkins' follow-up to the Oscar Best Picture winner MOONLIGHT continues his exploration of the African American experience.

IN THE MOOD FOR LOVE

INTO THE OKAVANGO

SPECIAL PRESENTATION

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FILMMAKER IN FOCUS: WONG KAR WAI

GREEN SCREEN

HONG KONG SAR CHINA 2000 | CANTONESE, WITH ENGLISH SUBTITLES | 98M DIRECTOR: WONG KAR WAI

UNITED STATES 2018 | ENGLISH | 88M DIRECTOR: NEIL GELINAS

17-NOV 12:30 PM DOL

10-NOV 2:30 PM DOL • 12-NOV 1:15 PM DOL

Set in Hong Kong, 1962, Chow Mo-Wan (Tony Leung) is a newspaper editor who moves into a new building with his wife. At the same time, Su Li-zhen (Maggie Cheung), a beautiful secretary and her executive husband also move in to the crowded building. The two pass each other across the hall and a budding romance blooms, one that is unrequited but also deeply passionate in one of the most ravishingly shot films in Wong Kar Wai's filmography.

A passionate conservationist leads a four month expedition into the Okavango Basin—one of the largest remaining wilderness areas in Africa— to gather information about its illusive water source. A thrilling excursion into the wild balancing breathtaking scenery with the desolation of human actions in the aftermath of civil war.

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DISCUSSION TO FOLLOW SCREENING

INUYASHIKI

INVENTING TOMORROW

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FILM FOR THOUGHT

JAPAN 2018 | JAPANESE, WITH ENGLISH SUBTITLES | 127M DIRECTOR: SHINSUKE SATO

UNITED STATES 2018 | ENGLISH | 87M DIRECTOR: LAURA NIX

12-NOV 8:15 PM DOL • 14-NOV 8:45 PM DOL

16-NOV 8:00 PM DOL

Utterly forgettable salaryman Inuyashiki gets no respect from his colleagues or his family. His feelings of futility are compounded when his doctor informs him that he has terminal cancer. That night, Inuyashiki is involved in a freak accident which somehow transforms his body into a machine with superhuman powers. Simultaneously Shishigami, a high-school student, undergoes the same transformation. Shishigami uses his powers to hurt whoever crosses him, while Inuyashiki uses his powers to save them -- setting the two up for a showdown of epic proportions.

30-NOV 6:00 PM PAL (HILO)

IT'S BORING HERE, PICK ME UP

JOEL S. GOLDSMITH, THE MAN AND HIS MESSAGE

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SPOTLIGHT ON JAPAN JAPAN 2018 | JAPANESE, WITH ENGLISH SUBTITLES | 97M DIRECTOR: RYUICHI HIROKI 14-NOV 8:30 PM DOL • 18-NOV 3:15 PM DOL From veteran filmmaker Ryuichi Hiroki comes a touching drama about youthful dreams and growing up. 'I' (Ai Hashimoto) couldn't wait to leave her small town after high school and spent 10 years working in Tokyo. But the big city wasn't all its cracked up to be, and she's returned home to work at a local magazine. Picking up her best friend from school, they embark on a trip across town and down memory lane to find out what happened to the most popular boy in school.

Six high school students (including one from Hilo, Hawaii) travel to an international science competition with innovative solutions to pressing environmental problems facing their communities and the world. Hopeful, bright and inspiring, INVENTING TOMORROW puts our future in the hands of some seriously impressive kids.

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MADE IN HAWAII UNITED STATES 2018 | ENGLISH | 44M DIRECTOR: JOHN STEPHENSON 17-NOV 12:00 PM DOL Joel S. Goldsmith's "Infinite Way" message sowed the seeds of the spiritual revolutions that took place in America in the 1960s. He brought the words Consciousness and Meditation into the common lexicon, and his teaching inspired many contemporary spiritual and philosophical leaders like Wayne Dyer, Eckhart Tolle and Marianne Williamson. This film shows Goldsmith's journey from an ordinary businessman in turn-of-the-century New York to the last decades of his life in Hawaii.

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KILLING

KILLING FOR THE PROSECUTION

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SPOTLIGHT ON JAPAN

SPOTLIGHT ON JAPAN

JAPAN 2018 | JAPANESE, WITH ENGLISH SUBTITLES | 80M DIRECTOR: SHINYA TSUKAMOTO

JAPAN 2018 | JAPANESE, WITH ENGLISH SUBTITLES | 122M DIRECTOR: MASATO HARADA

12-NOV 6:15 PM DOL • 17-NOV 7:00 PM DOL

9-NOV 6:00 PM DOL • 13-NOV 8:30 PM DOL

From cult film maestro Shinya Tsukamoto comes a dark take on the samurai drama. A young ronin appears in a farming village on his way through the countryside. Offering to help with the harvest, he is taken in by the farmers. Shortly thereafter an experienced samurai comes through town looking for men to join him on his way to Edo. The ronin accepts, but when a band of roaming thugs appears outside of the village, it may spell doom for both the ronin and the village...

Young Public Prosecutor Keiichiro Okino (Kazunari Ninomiya) is assigned to the department of Tokyo Public Prosecutors Office which deals with violent cases. He is thrilled to work with Takeshi Mogami (Takuya Kimura) whom he admires. One day, an elderly money lender is killed and the suspect who is identified, turns out to be a key witness from a teenage girl's murder years ago. Now questioning the results of the old murder case, Mogami becomes determined to prove the suspect guilty, but at what cost?

LAST CHILD

THE LEGEND OF THE STARDUST BROTHERS

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SPOTLIGHT ON KOREA

SOUND X VISION

SOUTH KOREA 2017 | KOREAN, WITH ENGLISH SUBTITLES | 124M DIRECTOR: SHIN DONG-SEOK

JAPAN 1985 | JAPANESE, WITH ENGLISH SUBTITLES | 100M DIRECTOR: MACOTO TEZUKA

14-NOV 6:00 PM DOL • 18-NOV 3:30 PM DOL

11-NOV 8:30 PM DOL • 17-NOV 8:45 PM DOL

Sung-cheol, and Mi-sook lost their teenage son in a tragic drowning accident when he died saving his friend Ki-hyun. Some time later, as the couple struggles to put their lives back together, they learn that Ki-hyun has been abandoned, and is living alone trying to make ends meet. What begins as a simple offer to help out Sung-cheol at his wallpaper business, turns into much more, as Ki-hyun increasingly becomes enmeshed in the couple's life.

Made in 1985 and never seen outside of Japan, this film is a crazy musical adventure that features anyone who was anyone in the '80s Japanese pop culture scene. The debut feature of director Macoto Tezuka, son of the legendary manga impresario Osamu Tezuka (ASTRO BOY). Inspired by PHANTOM OF THE PARADISE and ROCKY HORROR PICTURE SHOW, the film is the epitome of a cult classic, rediscovered and digitally restored 30 years later and ready to grace the screen in true midnight madness fashion!

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LEITIS IN WAITING HAWAII PREMIERE

LONG DAY'S JOURNEY INTO NIGHT HAWAII PREMIERE

PACIFIC SHOWCASE

SPOTLIGHT ON CHINA

TONGA 2018 | ENGLISH, TONGAN, WITH ENGLISH SUBTITLES | 72M DIRECTOR: DEAN HAMER, JOE WILSON, HINALEIMOANA WONG-KALU

CHINA 2018 | CHINESE, WITH ENGLISH SUBTITLES | 140M DIRECTOR: BI GAN

10-NOV 6:00 PM DOL • 12-NOV 3:15 PM DOL

11-NOV 8:00 PM DOL • 14-NOV 7:45 PM DOL

Over the course of a year, LEITIS IN WAITING follows Joey, a devout Catholic of noble descent, as she organizes an exuberant beauty pageant, mentors a young contestant rejected by her family, garners the support of a Royal Princess, and spars with American-financed evangelicals threatening to resurrect colonial-era laws that would criminalize the leitis' lives. With unexpected humor and extraordinary access to the Kingdom's leaders, this emotional journey reveals what it means to be different in a society ruled by tradition.

Luo Hongwu returns to Kaili, the hometown from which he fled several years ago. He begins the search for the woman he loved (Tang Wei), and whom he has never been able to forget. Continuing his languorous noir motif, Bi Gan's second feature is the epitome of "slow cinema" that culminates in an incredible one shot take in 3-D. The young auteur stretches the parameters of narrative structure to create a feature length mood piece with a first person VR-like experience.

LONG TIME NO SEA

MA'OHI NUI, IN THE HEART OF THE OCEAN MY COUNTRY LIES

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SPOTLIGHT ON TAIWAN TAIWAN ROC 2018 | MANDARIN, WITH ENGLISH SUBTITLES | 96M DIRECTOR: HEATHER TSUI 13-NOV 5:45 PM DOL • 14-NOV 1:15 PM DOL Inspired by the personal experiences of Director Heather Tsui and her involvement with the the Yami people, LONG TIME NO SEA explores themes of indigenous identity and family traditions. A pair of new shoes, a cross-sea competition, and a tribesman of oceans are interwoven with a story of a child's emotional courage in pursuit of dreams. The film was 6 years in the making and is part love letter to the Yami people and a coming-of-age story with universal appeal.

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PACIFIC SHOWCASE BELGIUM 2018 | TAHITIAN, WITH ENGLISH SUBTITLES | 113M DIRECTOR: ANNICK GHIJZELINGS 12-NOV 5:45 PM DOL • 14-NOV 3:00 PM DOL The voice of an ancestor speaks to Tanaoa, a young Tahitian man in search of his people's identity. Reciting the history of the country and its people, the voice traces the country's past as a test site for French atomic weapons, the current struggle for land rights against colonial powers, and the future of the Ma'ohi, whose very way of life is under threat. MA'OHI NUI is a poetic, contemplative and visually-stunning journey through contemporary Tahiti.

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MANTO

MAUI'S HOOK

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SPOTLIGHT ON INDIA

PACIFIC SHOWCASE

INDIA 2018 | HINDI, WITH ENGLISH SUBTITLES | 112M DIRECTOR: NANDITA DAS

NEW ZEALAND 2018 | ENGLISH, MAORI, WITH ENGLISH SUBTITLES | 92M DIRECTOR: PAORA TE OTI TAKARANGI JOSEPH

17-NOV 2:45 PM DOL

15-NOV 8:00 PM DOL • 16-NOV 2:45 PM DOL

A sweeping biopic, MANTO chronicles the life of Saadat Hasan Manto, a daring Urdu author, whose stories garnered acclaim and controversy during India's most tumultuous period. Beginning in 1946 during Indian independence, the film finds Manto mid-career, making a living as an author in Mumbai. But when tensions begin to rise between the Hindu and Muslim communities in the city, Manto must flee to Pakistan along with thousands of others. A move that will change Manto and the Indian people forever.

New Zealand has one of the highest rates of suicide in the world, leaving thousands of families struggling to survive in the aftermath of their loss. Grounded by the experiences of five families reeling from the loss of loved ones, MAUI'S HOOK blurs documentary and drama to tackle the crisis head on in a heartfelt and moving meditation on family, grief and we leave behind.

MEMORIES OF MY BODY

THE MIRACLE OF CRYBABY SHOTTAN

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SOUTHEAST ASIAN SHOWCASE

SPOTLIGHT ON JAPAN

INDONESIA 2018 | INDONESIAN, JAVANESE, WITH ENGLISH SUBTITLES | 106M DIRECTOR: GARIN NUGROHO

JAPAN 2018 | JAPANESE, WITH ENGLISH SUBTITLES | 127M DIRECTOR: TOSHIAKI TOYODA

8-NOV 6:30 PM DOL • 14-NOV 3:45 PM DOL

Shogi, also known as 'Japanese chess', is a 1,000 year-old game of strategy steeped in history and tradition. Professional players are revered, and must endure a strict training process through what's known as the 'shore-kai' system, in order to 'go pro'. THE MIRACLE OF CRYBABY SHOTTAN, tells the true story of Shoji 'Shottan' Segawa (Ryuhei Matsuda), the man who broke the rules, and turned the system on its head in order to become one of the greatest known professional players.

Juno is just a child when his father abandons him in their village. Alone now, he joins a dance center where men shape their feminine appearance and movement. But the sensuality and sexuality that come from dance and bodies, mixed with the violent social and political Indonesian environment, force Juno to move from village to village. Even if on his journey Juno receives love from his those around him, he still has to face the battlefield that his body is becoming.

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MIRAI HAWAII PREMIERE

SPOTLIGHT ON JAPAN JAPAN 2018 | JAPANESE, WITH ENGLISH SUBTITLES | 100M DIRECTOR: MAMORU HOSODA

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14-NOV 5:45 PM DOL • 17-NOV 12:45 PM DOL 18-NOV 3:15 PM WAI (KAUAI) When entitled only child Kun meets his newborn sister Mirai for the first time, he struggles to adapt to the new family dynamic. Everything changes when Kun discovers a magical portal in his garden and meets younger and older versions of his family, including his sister Mirai as a teenager. Blending time travel hijinks with a universal story about family and the struggles of growing up, MIRAI cements Mamoru Hosoda (BOY AND THE BEAST, HIFF 2015) as one of Japan's foremost animation directors working today.

MODEST HEROES: PONOC SHORT FILMS THEATRE, VOL. 1 HAWAII PREMIERE

SPOTLIGHT ON JAPAN JAPAN 2018 | JAPANESE, WITH ENGLISH SUBTITLES | 52M DIRECTORS: HIROMASA YONEBAYASHI, YOSHIYUKI MOMOSE, AKIHIKO YAMASHITA 17-NOV 4:15 PM DOL Studio Ponoc, was founded by Yoshiaki Nishimura after the closure of Studio Ghibli and formed by some of the same creative staff. They continue showcasing their brilliant talents with their latest production, an omnibus film comprising a trio of brilliant creations: lost crab siblings, a bizarre allergy to eggs, and an invisible man having an unusual day. Strange, fantastical and beautifully animated, MODEST HEROES is a testament to the vision and imagination of its creators.

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MADE IN HAWAII UNITED STATES 2018 | ENGLISH | 78M DIRECTOR: JUSTIN YOUNG 11-NOV 3:30 PM DOL • 14-NOV 3:30 PM DOL When Shane Stant was 22, he made international news when he struck Nancy Kerrigan's knee the day before the 1994 US National Figure Skating Championships. He's a different man today, but still has to deal with memories of his mistakes. Told by Stant's sister Maile, MY HERO'S SHADOW is a compassionate look at trauma, poor choices and the redemptive value of family.

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NON-FICTION HAWAII PREMIERE

ON YOUR WEDDING DAY HAWAII PREMIERE

EUROPEAN SHOWCASE

SPOTLIGHT ON KOREA

FRANCE 2018 | FRENCH, WITH ENGLISH SUBTITLES | 106M DIRECTOR: OLIVIER ASSAYAS

SOUTH KOREA 2018 | KOREAN, WITH ENGLISH SUBTITLES | 110M DIRECTOR: LEE SEOK-GEUN

9-NOV 8:45 PM DOL

9-NOV 8:30 PM DOL • 11-NOV 6:00 PM DOL

Alain (Guillaume Canet) is a successful book publisher struggling with the ins and outs of his professional and private life. His relationship with his wife Serena (Juliette Binoche), has gone stale, and he has to deal delicately with one of his long-time authors who is pushing for publication. Complicating this is Alain's enthusiastic embrace of social media, which has led him to hire an ambitious young woman as the "head of digital transition". As Alain pushes his new-media agenda forward, he encounters support and resistance.

One of the biggest hits of the year, this is the romantic comedy fans have been waiting for! Woo-yeon is struck by love when cute transfer student Seung-hee appears at his high school. But Seung-hee is not so interested. Thus, the two strike up a friendship. But when Seung-hee suddenly leaves town, Woo-yeon can't get her out of his mind. With a master plan to win the girl, Woo-yeon embarks on a mission to Seoul. Yet things may not be as simple as he anticipated!

DISCUSSION TO FOLLOW SCREENING

ONE CUT OF THE DEAD HAWAII PREMIERE

PEOPLE'S REPUBLIC OF DESIRE HAWAII PREMIERE

EXTREME ASIA | SPOTLIGHT ON JAPAN

FILM FOR THOUGHT

JAPAN 2017 | JAPANESE, WITH ENGLISH SUBTITLES | 96M DIRECTOR: SHINICHIRO UEDA

CHINA, UNITED STATES 2018 | CHINESE, WITH ENGLISH SUBTITLES | 95M DIRECTOR: HAO WU

10-NOV 9:00 PM DOL • 13-NOV 8:45 PM DOL

11-NOV 5:00 PM DOL • 16-NOV 1:30 PM DOL

A filmmaker sets out to shoot a zombie film in an abandoned factory, but something is lurking on the outside. Is it a zombie apocalypse or just another shoot gone wrong? Seriously? Another zombie film? We know... we had the same reaction. And we have to pre-warn you to sit through the first 30 minutes of a zombie short film all done in one shot. Trust us, it's totally worth it, as audiences will soon be rewarded by one of the most inventive films in years!

In a digital universe where live streamers earn as much as $200K a month, can virtual relationships replace real-life human connection? PEOPLE'S REPUBLIC OF DESIRE tells the stories of two such online stars who've risen from isolation to fame and fortune in China. The film takes us on a journey through their live streaming showrooms, which have become virtual gathering places for hundreds of millions - from the super rich who lavish performers with digital gifts, to poor migrant workers who worship them.

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THE PREY NORTH AMERICAN PREMIERE

RECALL HAWAII PREMIERE

EXTREME ASIA | SOUTHEAST ASIAN SHOWCASE

SPOTLIGHT ON JAPAN

CAMBODIA 2018 | CAMBODIAN, WITH ENGLISH SUBTITLES | 93M DIRECTOR: JIMMY HENDERSON

JAPAN 2018 | JAPANESE, WITH ENGLISH SUBTITLES | 120M DIRECTOR: KATSUHIDE MOTOKI

12-NOV 8:30 PM DOL • 15–NOV 9:00 PM DOL

16-NOV 5:30 PM DOL • 18-NOV 5:00 PM DOL

Chinese undercover cop Xin is arrested during a raid on a gang he infiltrated, but handles himself well in prison. Unfortunately, he has been targeted by the corrupt prison warden, who is in the business of inviting rich businessmen on human hunting expeditions in a nearby forest. In the meantime, the Chinese government has picked up on Xin's trail, having found a signal from his GPS device. When the two teams unexpectedly converge, it's just the beginning of a battle for survival!

Tokuro Akamatsu runs a family-owned transport company that bears his name. Whilst the company is not wealthy, they make ends meet for their employees. However, when a freak accident causes a wheel to fly off of one of their vehicles killing a pedestrian, it seems Akamatsu Transport is doomed. Yet before long Tokuro begins to suspect the car manufacturer of foul play; setting off a battle against the odds, and a corporate giant, to save his family and his company.

RIVER'S EDGE

ROMA

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SPOTLIGHT ON JAPAN

AWARDS BUZZ

JAPAN 2018 | JAPANESE, WITH ENGLISH SUBTITLES | 118M DIRECTOR: ISAO YUKISADA

MEXICO 2018 | SPANISH, WITH ENGLISH SUBTITLES | 135M DIRECTOR: ALFONSO CUARÓN

8-NOV 6:00 PM DOL • 16-NOV 1:00 PM DOL

10-NOV 5:45 PM DOL

Based on classic 1990's manga 'River's Edge' comes a nostalgic comingof-age drama from Isao Yukisada. Haruna (Fumi Nikaido) is a quirky high school student that doesn't fit in with the mainstream, while classmate Ichiro (Ryo Yoshizawa) is a bullied loner harboring a personal secret. When Haruna sticks up for Ichiro at school, the two form a bond. But this may soon be tested when Ichiro discovers a dead body down by the river...

Oscar winner Alfonso Cuarón’s cogent and nuanced semi-autobiographical feature chronicles one year in the life of a middle-class family in 1970s Mexico City, crafting a uniquely spectacular yet intimate brand of cinema. Cleo works as a live-in maid. When the family patriarch departs for an unusually protracted business trip, his wife Sofia is left at home. Inhabiting a role somewhere between family member and employee, Cleo helps Sofia and the kids through a period of difficulty.

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2018 FALL FESTIVAL

THE ROPE CURSE WORLD PREMIERE

THE RUNNING ACTRESS UNITED STATES PREMIERE

EXTREME ASIA | SPOTLIGHT ON TAIWAN

SPOTLIGHT ON KOREA

TAIWAN ROC 2018 | MANDARIN, WITH ENGLISH SUBTITLES | 106M DIRECTOR: SHIH HAN LIAO

SOUTH KOREA 2018 | KOREAN, WITH ENGLISH SUBTITLES | 71M DIRECTOR: MOON SO-RI

9-NOV 9:00 PM DOL • 16-NOV 6:00 PM DOL

17-NOV 8:30 PM DOL • 18-NOV 8:15 PM DOL

Local legend has it that when someone hangs themselves, an elaborate ceremony must be performed by a shaman to dispel any curse from the victim's spirit. The ceremony is not to be viewed by anyone except the participants lest the curse spread. Seeking an easy way to increase their social media following, two young unsuspecting filmmakers travel to a small fishing village to live stream the mythical ceremony. Little do they know, this may hold dire consequences for all...

Famed Korean actress Moon So-ri (OASIS, THE HANDMAIDEN) goes behind the camera in a triptych of stories playing herself as a middle-aged actress, using the daily drama of a stress-ridden film star and mother as the platform for a beguiling contemplation of art, aging, alienation and the fleeting moments of emotional intimacy that justify the drudgery of life. THE RUNNING ACTRESS just proves that Ms. Moon is one of the greatest South Korean actresses of her generation.

SAMURAI'S PROMISE

SECRET SCREENING

UNITED STATES PREMIERE

SNEAK PREVIEW

SPOTLIGHT ON JAPAN

UNITED STATES 2018 | ENGLISH 11-NOV 12:30 PM DOL

JAPAN 2018 | JAPANESE, WITH ENGLISH SUBTITLES | 112M DIRECTOR: DAISAKU KIMURA 15-NOV 8:30 PM DOL • 17-NOV 5:45 PM DOL It is the year 1720. Shinbei, who was exiled from the Ogino clan for getting too close to a conspiracy, has been relegated to wandering the countryside with his sick wife Shino. However, Shino has only a short while to live. As her dying wish, Shino asks Shinbei to return to the clan and to save clan elder Uneme Sakakibara from a brewing civil war... Starring Junichi Okada in the lead, alongside Haru Kuroki and Hidetoshi Nishijima, SAMURAI'S PROMISE is a sweeping must-see period drama.

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Join us for HIFF’s first ever SECRET SCREENING! Come on down to see an exciting preview of a mystery film soon to make it’s world premiere. Don’t miss out on this never before seen film at HIFF 2018!


FILM PROGRAM

SHARKWATER EXTINCTION UNITED STATES PREMIERE

SHE SHEARS INTERNATIONAL PREMIERE

GREEN SCREEN

DOCUMENTARIES

CANADA 2018 | ENGLISH | 88M DIRECTOR: ROB STEWART

NEW ZEALAND 2018 | ENGLISH | 79M DIRECTOR: JACK NICOL

11-NOV 1:15 PM DOL • 12-NOV 12:30 PM DOL

12-NOV 5:45 PM DOL • 15-NOV 2:45 PM DOL

01-DEC 1:00 PM MAC (MAUI)

In the gruelling world of competitive sheep shearing, there is no women's section: women and men must compete together in a physically-gruelling contest for the coveted 'Golden Shears.' Following five remarkable women who wool stop at nothing to prove their strength, skill and agility, SHE SHEARS proves that champions come in all sheeps and sizes.

A follow-up to SHARKWATER (HIFF 2007), this new chapter is an inspiring action packed journey that follows filmmaker Rob Stewart as he exposes the massive illegal shark fin industry. From West Africa, Panama and France, to our own backyard, Stewart's third film dives into the violent underworld of the pirate fishing trade to expose a multi-billion dollar industry. Sadly, Stewart passed away during the production of this film but his conservationism and love for the ocean lives on in his work.

SHOPLIFTERS

SINK OR SWIM

HAWAII PREMIERE

UNITED STATES PREMIERE

SPOTLIGHT ON JAPAN

EUROPEAN SHOWCASE

JAPAN 2018 | JAPANESE, WITH ENGLISH SUBTITLES | 121M DIRECTOR: HIROKAZU KORE-EDA

FRANCE 2018 | FRENCH, WITH ENGLISH SUBTITLES | 122M DIRECTOR: GILLES LELLOUCHE

10-NOV 8:30 PM DOL

11-NOV 6:30 PM DOL • 17-NOV 6:00 PM DOL

After one of their shoplifting sessions, a poor family come across a little girl freezing in the cold, and although initially reluctant, welcome her into their home. Though happy together, an unforseen incident begins to unravel hidden secrets and test the bonds that unite them. From Palme d'Or-winning director Hirokazu Kore-eda, SHOPLIFTERS tells a breathtaking story of family and love told across four seasons on the streets of contemporary Tokyo.

In this French crowd-pleaser reminiscent of THE FULL MONTY, a group of 40-something guys, all on the verge of a mid-life crisis, decide to form their local pool's first ever synchronized swimming team - for men. Braving the skepticism and ridicule of those around them, and trained by a fallen champion trying to pull herself together, the group set out on an unlikely adventure, and on the way will rediscover a little self-esteem and a lot about themselves.

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SIR HAWAII PREMIERE

SONG LANG NORTH AMERICAN PREMIERE

SPOTLIGHT ON INDIA

SOUTHEAST ASIAN SHOWCASE

INDIA 2018 | ENGLISH, HINDI, MARATHI, WITH ENGLISH SUBTITLES | 96M DIRECTOR: ROHENA GERA

VIETNAM 2018 | VIETNAMESE, WITH ENGLISH SUBTITLES | 100M DIRECTOR: LEON LE

10-NOV 6:45 PM DOL • 12-NOV 3:45 PM DOL

13-NOV 5:30 PM DOL • 15-NOV 3:00 PM DOL

When Ratna lands a job as a housekeeper in the home of young, wealthy heir Ashwin, she is thrilled. She'll have money to send home, and maybe enough to take the seamstress course she dreams of. But when the engaged Ashwin suddenly breaks it off with his fiance, they begin to form a bond she wasn't expecting. Is it possible for the two to break social convention and form a relationship? And is that even what Ratna wants for herself?

Saigon,1990s. D’ng "Thunderbolt," a tough gangster meets Linh Phung, a (Vietnamese musical theatre). An unlikely young performer of bond forms between the two as it is revealed that D’ng also once came from a musical troupe, though circumstances led him to a darker path. But the tension mounts as his loan shark boss demands he "take care" of the theatre company, which is in deep debt. D’ng must choose between violent retribution or a return to his musical roots.

STILL HUMAN

STOKE

INTERNATIONAL PREMIERE

WORLD PREMIERE

SPOTLIGHT ON HONG KONG

MADE IN HAWAII

HONG KONG 2018 | CANTONESE, TAGALOG, WITH ENGLISH SUBTITLES | 111M DIRECTOR: OLIVER SIU KUEN CHAN

UNITED STATES 2018 | ENGLISH | 89M DIRECTOR: ZOE EISENBERG, PHILLIPS PAYSON

9-NOV 5:45 PM DOL • 18-NOV 1:00 PM DOL

10-NOV 8:15 PM DOL • 11-NOV 12:00 PM DOL

Paralyzed and disgruntled Cheong-wing (Anthony Wong) has gone through quite a few caretakers when he gets new Filipino domestic helper, Evelyn (Crisel Consunji). The only problem is Cheong-wing is unreasonably mean, and Evelyn doesn't speak a word of Cantonese. Yet somehow as the unlikely duo begin to warm up to each other, a bond forms that may transcend stereotypes and change them both in ways they never imagined. One of the most heartwarming and touching comedies of the year, STILL HUMAN is bound to charm!

02-DEC 7:00 PM PAL (HILO)

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Jane is an attorney based in Los Angeles and she's clinically depressed. While channel flipping, she sees footage of Kilauea in full eruption. She buys a one-way ticket to the Big Island, and along the way, runs into two local guys who sell themselves as tour guides. What transpires is a road movie that captures some of the unique sub-cultures of Hawaii Island from hippie enclaves, and spiritual sanctuaries, to Native Hawaiians trying to make ends meet, and midnight ravers looking for their next hit.


FILM PROGRAM

SUNSET IN MY HOMETOWN

THE SWEET REQUIEM

HAWAII PREMIERE

HAWAII PREMIERE

SPOTLIGHT ON KOREA

SPOTLIGHT ON INDIA

SOUTH KOREA 2018 | KOREAN, WITH ENGLISH SUBTITLES | 123M DIRECTOR: LEE JOON-IK

INDIA 2018 | TIBETAN, WITH ENGLISH SUBTITLES | 91M DIRECTOR: RITU SARIN, TENZING SONAM

15-NOV 6:00 PM DOL • 17-NOV 1:30 PM DOL

13-NOV 8:15 PM DOL • 15-NOV 3:45 PM DOL

Young wannabe rapper Hak-soo (Park Jung-min) hasn't exactly made it big time in Seoul, though he feels his break is just around the corner. But just when that break appears on the horizon, he gets a call from home that his estranged father has fallen gravely ill. Begrudgingly returning to his hometown, he can't wait to leave again. But as he is forced to reconnect with family and friends he finds his heart may be in this small town after all.

Dolkar, a 26-year-old Tibetan, lives in Delhi. 18 years ago, she escaped from Tibet with her father, making a perilous trek across the Himalayas that ended in tragedy. Dolkar has suppressed all recollection of that traumatic incident. But when she unexpectedly encounters Gompo, the guide who abandoned them during their journey, memories of her escape are reignited and she is propelled on a search for retribution and closure. THE SWEET REQUIEM presents an India little seen on the big screen in this gripping and lyrical tale.

DISCUSSION TO FOLLOW SCREENING

T-SHIRT THEATRE PRESENTS: KIPUKA

TEN YEARS: JAPAN

WORLD PREMIERE

NORTH AMERICAN PREMIERE

MADE IN HAWAII

FILM FOR THOUGHT

UNITED STATES 2018 | ENGLISH | 64M DIRECTOR: JEREMIAH TAYAO

HONG KONG, JAPAN 2018 | JAPANESE, WITH ENGLISH SUBTITLES | 99M DIRECTOR: AKIYO FUJIMURA, CHIE HAYAKAWA, KEI ISHIKAWA, YUSUKE KINOSHITA, MEGUMI TSUNO

10-NOV 1:15 PM DOL • 12-NOV 2:45 PM DOL T-Shirt Theatre is a low tech, high zest performing arts company based at Farrington High School. This documentary chronicles the work of the students in the company, as they address bullying, cyberbullying, and teen suicide prevention, all written and performed by the students (aged 13-18). Their 2017-2018 performance of "Kipuka" - an oasis in a lava field - is reflective of the T-Shirt Theatre mantra that one smile, one word, one friend can make all the difference for someone in turmoil and contemplating tough decisions.

10-NOV 3:45 PM DOL • 12-NOV 1:00 PM DOL From the producers of the award-winning Hong Kong omnibus TEN YEARS and Executive Producer Hirokazu Kore-eda, comes TEN YEARS: JAPAN, a series of 5 shorts from up-and-coming Japanese filmmakers about their vision of Japan in 10 years time. These futuristic shorts, reminiscent of a Japanese version of BLACK MIRROR, include a future Japan plagued by pollution and an ageing population; a society where morality and personal history are manipulated by technology, and a nation overshadowed by the spectre of war.

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THE THIRD WIFE HAWAII PREMIERE

THIS AND NOTHING ELSE: RED BULL WA'A HAWAII PREMIERE

SOUTHEAST ASIAN SHOWCASE

MADE IN HAWAII

VIETNAM 2018 | VIETNAMESE, WITH ENGLISH SUBTITLES | 96M DIRECTOR: ASH MAYFAIR

UNITED STATES 2018 | ENGLISH | 30M DIRECTOR: MARC SALOMON, MARC LEVY, JUSTIN MITCHELL

15-NOV 5:30 PM DOL • 17-NOV 1:15 PM DOL

12-NOV 8:00 PM DOL

In 19th century rural Vietnam, 14-year-old May becomes the third wife of wealthy landowner Hung. Soon she learns that she can only gain status by asserting herself as a woman who can give birth to a male child. May's hope to change her status turns into a real and tantalizing possibility when she gets pregnant. Faced with forbidden love and its devastating consequences, May finally comes to an understanding of the brutal truth: the options available to her are few and far between.

18-NOV 5:15 PM WAI (KAUAI) • 02-DEC 5:15PM PAL (HILO) THIS AND NOTHING ELSE - RED BULL WA'A is a short documentary that chronicles an outrigger canoe team from Kona, HI and is part of an ongoing series about those who follow their passions... no matter what. This film will be preceded by SURFING TO COPE as we follow surfer Brianna Cope, as she attempts to make the Women's Championship Tour while coming to terms with a physical challenge that has shaped her life.

PRECEDED BY:

SURFING TO COPE UNITED STATES 2018 | ENGLISH | 31M DIRECTOR: KATIE WALSH

TRANSMILITARY

UNITED SKATES

HAWAII PREMIERE

HAWAII PREMIERE

DOCUMENTARIES

DOCUMENTARIES

UNITED STATES 2018 | ENGLISH | 93M DIRECTOR: FIONA DAWSON, GABE SILVERMAN

UNITED STATES 2018 | ENGLISH | 90M DIRECTOR: TINA BROWN, DYANA WINKLER

17-NOV 5:45 PM DOL • 18-NOV 1:00 PM DOL

15-NOV 8:15 PM DOL • 16-NOV 3:15 PM DOL

In 2017, Donald Trump stepped back from an Obama-era policy allowing transgender people to serve openly in the military, which ignited mass protest. Following four active-duty military personnel as they balance their commitment to service and federal policies that actively exclude them, TRANSMILITARY makes a timely and heartfelt statement of human endurance, commitment to service, and courage in the face of injustice.

17-NOV 4:00 PM WAI (KAUAI)

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When America's last standing roller rinks are threatened with closure, a community of thousands battle in a racially-charged environment to save an underground subculture. At a time when our country feels painfully divided, and fly-over states often feel overlooked, the story of a community crisscrossing our nation to celebrate what unites them, is more important now than ever. Co-directed by Kauai-native Dyana Winkler, UNITED SKATES is a heart-thumping, beat-pumping and liberating look at the fight to keep the roller rink alive.


FILM PROGRAM

THE UNITY OF HEROES HAWAII PREMIERE

VOICES BEHIND BARBED WIRE HAWAII PREMIERE

SPOTLIGHT ON CHINA

MADE IN HAWAII

CHINA 2018 | CHINESE, WITH ENGLISH SUBTITLES | 103M DIRECTOR: MARCO MAK

UNITED STATES 2018 | ENGLISH | 110M DIRECTOR: RYAN KAWAMOTO

10-NOV 8:00 PM DOL • 17-NOV 8:00 PM DOL

12-NOV 3:00 PM DOL

Late Qing Dynasty. The East India Company produces a narcotic even more dangerous than opium by conducting human testing. These secret tests come to light when one of the test subjects, Vile Face, crashes into Po Chi Lam, Wong Fei Hung's medicine clinic. Wong decides to take in Vile Face, causing the the Company to use whatever means necessary to try to get rid of him. In the face of foreign and domestic enemies, can Wong stop the spread of this dangerous narcotic in time?

18-NOV 1:00 PM WAI (KAUAI) • 02-DEC 2:45 PM PAL (HILO)

VOX LUX

WACHIGAI-YA ITOSATO

While the mass incarceration of Japanese Americans during World War II has been well documented on the U.S. Mainland, new information about the sites and untold stories continue to emerge from Japanese Americans in Hawai‘i who endured this dark chapter of history. VOICES BEHIND BARBED WIRE is a series of four short films that explore the personal stories of Japanese Americans living on O‘ahu, Maui County, Kaua’i and Hawaii Island.

HAWAII PREMIERE

HAWAII PREMIERE

AWARDS BUZZ

SPOTLIGHT ON JAPAN

UNITED STATES 2018 | ENGLISH | 110M DIRECTOR: BRADY CORBET

JAPAN 2018 | JAPANESE, WITH ENGLISH SUBTITLES | 117M DIRECTOR: MIKIYA KASHIMA

18-NOV 7:30 PM DOL

10-NOV 3:15 PM DOL

Natalie Portman and Jude Law star in this stunning, beautifully lensed drama about fame, fortune, and its price from director Brady Corbet. When Celeste is only 13 years old her life, and that of her sister Eleanor, are forever changed by tragedy. But it is in the wake of this tragedy, that Celeste is surprisingly catapulted to fame. Years later she has become a popstar so famous she is a household name, yet echoes of the past still reverberate through her life.

17-NOV 6:00 PM WAI (KAUAI) 3 memorable women – 3 love affairs. Times were changing during one of the most turbulent eras of war in Japan. Through the eyes of young Itosato, we find a woman’s struggle for love and happiness. Three women, risking everything for life and love had to make hard choices. Collaboration, secrets & suicide. Based on actual events and one of the biggest assassination mysteries of all time, this movie shows a unique view of the bloody yet beautiful world of war and love in 1863.

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WAKE HAWAII PREMIERE

WISH YOU WERE HERE NORTH AMERICAN PREMIERE

SPECIAL PRESENTATIONS

SPOTLIGHT ON CHINA

UNITED STATES 2018 | ENGLISH | 96M DIRECTOR: CYRUS MIRAKHOR 18-NOV 4:30 PM DOL

CHINA, JAPAN 2018 | JAPANESE, MANDARIN, WITH ENGLISH SUBTITLES | 113M DIRECTOR: KENNETH BI

01-DEC 10:45 AM PAL (HILO)

10-NOV 5:30 PM DOL • 15-NOV 3:30 PM DOL

Mortician Molly Harrison hates her birthday. With good reason. Three years ago, on that day, her husband Peter, died in a tragic accident. Since then, she has been struggling with agoraphobia. As a gag, she is given a birthday gift from her mother and daughter. The gift, a life-size male doll named Pedro, somehow comes to life, in the form of her late husband, played by comedian Jo Koy in his first film role, complicating her ties with her family as well as a budding relationship.

Yuan Yuan is a successful fashion designer in China. Having reached middle age, she has made her mark in the fashion world, but has never met that special someone and settled down. One day at the launch of her new fashion line, a mysterious young Japanese girl appears. While their communication is poor, the two seem to strike an instant bond. Could this girl be her connection to a mysterious past life, lost love, and a sake brewery in Hokkaido?

THE WITCH: PART 1. THE SUBVERSION

WOMAN AT WAR

UNITED STATES PREMIERE

HAWAII PREMIERE

EXTREME ASIA | SPOTLIGHT ON KOREA

EUROPEAN SHOWCASE

SOUTH KOREA 2018 | KOREAN, WITH ENGLISH SUBTITLES | 125M DIRECTOR: PARK HOON-JUNG

FRANCE, ICELAND, UKRAINE 2018 | ICELANDIC, UKRAINIAN, WITH ENGLISH SUBTITLES | 100M DIRECTOR: BENEDIKT ERLINGSSON

11-NOV 8:00 PM DOL • 17-NOV 9:00 PM DOL In rural South Korea, a young girl flees a government facility, landing bleeding and muddy at a local farmhouse. 10 years later a now teenage Ja-yoon has no recollection of her past, and knows only the elderly couple who have taken her is as her parents. But soon Ja-yoon discovers that she has some incredible talents, she is so talented in fact that she lands on national television. However shortly after her appearance, ominous figures show up, threatening to turn her peaceful life upside down.

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8-NOV 8:00 PM DOL • 10-NOV 11:00 AM DOL Known to others only by her alias "The Woman of the Mountain," 50-year-old Halla secretly wages a one-woman-war on the local aluminum industry. As Halla's actions grow bolder, from petty vandalism to outright industrial sabotage, she succeeds in pausing the negotiations between the Icelandic government and the corporation building a new aluminum smelter. But right as she begins planning her biggest and boldest operation yet, she receives an unexpected letter that changes everything.


FILM PROGRAM

WRATH OF SILENCE

YOCHO (FOREBODING)

HAWAII PREMIERE

HAWAII PREMIERE

SPOTLIGHT ON CHINA

EXTREME ASIA | SPOTLIGHT ON JAPAN

CHINA 2017 | CHINESE, WITH ENGLISH SUBTITLES | 119M DIRECTOR: XIN YUKUN

JAPAN 2017 | JAPANESE, WITH ENGLISH SUBTITLES | 140M DIRECTOR: KIYOSHI KUROSAWA

12-NOV 6:00 PM DOL • 18-NOV 5:30 PM DOL

16-NOV 8:45 PM DOL • 18-NOV 8:30 PM DOL

After his son disappears, a mute drifter returns to his desolate hometown in search of answers, but becomes embroiled in a conspiracy of violence and corruption at the heart of the region's coal industry. Stylishly-blending film noir with the spaghetti western, emerging director Yukun Xin crafts a kinetic action thriller set amongst the arid landscapes of Northern China. Essential viewing for genre fans.

A companion film to BEFORE WE VANISH (HIFF 2017), YOCHO explores a darker view of pending alien invasion. Alien scouts have arrived in Japan in the form of body-snatching invaders with a mission to steal the 'concepts' of humanity. Young Miyuki notices strange things happening all around; her colleague has lost her mind, and her husband is under the spell of a strange new doctor at his work. All of this seems to portend impending doom, will she be able alert the world in time?

LATE ADDITIONS

KEVIN ROCHE: THE QUIET ARCHITECT HAWAII PREMIERE

REEL WĀHINE OF HAWAI’I SPECIAL PRESENTATION

DOCUMENTARIES

MADE IN HAWAII

IRELAND, FRANCE, SPAIN 2018 | ENGLISH | 82M DIRECTOR: MARK NOONAN

UNITED STATES 2018 | ENGLISH | 92M DIRECTORS: HEATHER GIUGNI, LEAH KIHARA, LAURIE SUMIYE, SHIRLEY THOMPSON, VERA ZAMBONELLI

9-NOV 6:30 PM DOL Still working at age 95, Pritzker Prize winning Irish-American architect Kevin Roche is an enigma. He's reached the top of his profession, but has little interest in celebrity and eschews the label “Starchitect”. Despite a lifetime of acclaimed work that includes 40 years designing new galleries for The Met in New York, he has no intention of ever retiring. Some of his best known work includes the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York which he has worked on for almost 50 years, the revolutionary Oakland Museum of California, the Ford Foundation and United Nations Plaza in Manhattan. Irish Director Mark Noonan's biography of this incredible man is his debut debut documentary feature, and was filmed on location across the US and Europe.

10-NOV 1:15 PM DOL From the mothers of Hawai‘i independent filmmaking to cutting edge artists at the top of their game, Reel Wˉahine of Hawai‘i is a series of portraits of Hawai‘i’s top women filmmakers. Six short films showcase pioneering and current filmmakers Connie M. Florez, Heather Haunani Giugni, Jeannette Paulson Hereniko, Victoria Keith, Ciara Leina‘ala Lacy and Anne Misawa as they recount their philosophies, challenges and triumphs building careers and telling uniquely Hawai‘i stories through a camera lens.

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BE THE CHANGE SHORTS

CAREFUL WHAT MIND THE GAP YOU PACK SHORTS SHORTS

OHANA MEANS.. SHORTS

Sometimes you have to go against the grain, swim upstream, dare to be different. From one man striving to save migrants off of the Italian coast, to a Korean man who just wants to clean up the streets (literally), and a gay teen trying to make it in New York, stories about beating the odds.

From cookie addictions, to pet chickens, and a comedy about tiny pet people, make sure to pack what you need on this perilous journey. Safety is not guaranteed.

Families can be great, and sometimes challenging. Stories about relationships, the ties that bind, the families we choose and the ones we don’t.

17-NOV 3:30PM DOL

HIDDEN LIFE DIRECTOR: KAITLYN SATTER, HANNAH MATTNER

LIFE BOAT DIRECTOR: SKYE FITZGERALD

OBON DIRECTOR: ANDRE HOERMANN

THE CLEANER DIRECTOR: KIM BOWON

HAUS DIRECTOR: JOSEPH AMENTA

10-NOV 8:45 PM DOL

MILK AND COOKIES

9-NOV 8:00PM DOL

DIRECTOR: PATRICK MULVEY, ANDREW RAMSAY

LUMPIA CAMPESINO

THE OTHER SIDE WITH VALERIE HOPE

LITTLE PYONGYANG

DIRECTOR: LUCY BARRICK, KIERAN GRANT

TEA LAND DIRECTOR: TSENG YING-TING

MONDAYS

DIRECTOR: ROBERT KARIMI DIRECTOR: ROXY REZVANY

BLACK SHEEP DIRECTOR: ED PERKINS

WE BECAME FRAGMENTS

DIRECTOR: MICHAEL THELIN

DIRECTOR: LUISA CONLON

TUNGRUS

ONE CAMBODIAN FAMILY PLEASE FOR MY PLEASURE

DIRECTOR: RISHI CHADNA

THE GATEKEEPERS DIRECTOR: MIRKO HANS

END OF THE LINE DIRECTOR: JESSICA SANDERS

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In today’s world, our global communities are more connected than ever before. Or are they? Tales of inter-continental travel, crossing the cultural divide, and creating community.

DIRECTOR: A.M. LUKAS

THE CHOSEN ONE DIRECTOR: GORI

11-NOV 3:45 PM DOL

MY LITTLE BROTHER, SEUNG-HYUK DIRECTOR: KIM DEOKGEUN

FLOATING WEEDS DIRECTOR: JIMBO LEE

MAY 14TH DIRECTOR BOO EUNJOO

THE LOVE MOTEL DIRECTOR: HENRY CHEN

TOKYO 21ST OCTOBER DIRECTOR: HIROSHI OKUYAMA

AREOLA BOREALIS DIRECTOR: LI LIN WEE


FILM PROGRAM

MADE IN HAWAII SHORTS

PACIFIC SHOWCASE ACM UHM NIGHT 13-NOV 6:00PM DOL SHORTS

Presenting the very best in short films from kama'aina filmmakers, as well as stories based and shot in Hawaii, the MADE IN HAWAII shorts program is an early indicator of Hawaii's emerging talents, both in front and behind the camera.

This annual showcase of the very best short films by and about the first peoples of the Pacific presents a broad cross section of genres and themes, ranging from comedy, slice of life drama, magical realism and the varied stories and traditions of Pacific Islanders.

MAMA’S WISH

16-NOV 8:00PM DOL 18-NOV 10:45AM DOL

DIRECTOR: SHANEIKA AGUILAR

14-NOV 6:00PM DOL 17-NOV 11:00AM DOL 1-DEC 1:00PM PAL

KALEWA DIRECTOR: MITCHEL VIERNES

SIX HUNDRED LUX DIRECTOR: KOA SAN LUIS

MAUKA TO MAKAI DIRECTOR: JONAH OKANO & ALIKA MAIKAU

THE MOON AND THE NIGHT DIRECTOR: ERIN LAU

HAE HAWAII DIRECTOR: TY SANGA

DIRECTOR: SHANEIKA AGUILAR

FOUND SOUNDS

DIRECTOR: REA CHUPEK

HOW TO MAKE A HEART BEAT

DIRECTOR: BRADLEY TANGONAN

WAITING DIRECTOR: AMBERLY JO AUMUA

ANOINTED DIRECTOR: DAN LIN

GRAIN BUDS

DIRECTOR: WANG LIN

HOME

KAI AND HONUA

RETURN TO MY HOMETOWN

DIRECTOR: KOBI FURUMOTO DIRECTOR: KARI NOE

IN MEMORY OF

DIRECTOR: RENA SHISHIDO

EXHIBIT A

DIRECTOR: LIAO XIANGHUI DIRECTOR: SU KAI

DIRECTOR: ZHOU PEIJIE

SHANGHAI TREASURES

DIRECTOR: VICTORIA CUBA, LIU MING & XINYU JIAO

DIRECTOR: PETER SUSKI

DIRECTOR: NEIL TINKHAM

DIRECTOR: RENA SHISHIDO

STAIRWAY

CROSSING SPACES: CHUUK, POHNPEI, AND THE MARSHALL ISLANDS

DIRECTOR: SAWYER CHESNUT-PINTO

DIRECTOR: LAUREN JACKSON

DIRECTOR: XIE BIAO

GAL PALS

GLASS ARTIST

TREE

BUTTON UP

AN EYE FOR AN EYE

THE BAY

DIRECTOR: LOLA BAUTISTA

13-NOV 8:30PM DOL

SINCERELY, KAYE

DIRECTOR: KRISTLE BACKE

KAUMAKAIWA

SHANGHAI FILM ACADEMY SHOWCASE

DOWN THE RED DIRT ROAD DIRECTOR: GAVIN ARUCAN

AUNTY EMMA DIRECTOR: CASEY LAPIDUS

SHORELINE DIRECTOR: BRANDI MARTIN

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FILMMAKER IN FOCUS

FILMMAKER IN FOCUS

WONG KAR WAI PRESENTED BY THE HONG KONG ECONOMIC & TRADE OFFICE SAN FRANCISCO Across Wong Kar-wai’s IN THE MOOD FOR LOVE, Su Li-zhen (Maggie Cheung) wears 21 dresses, each cut as a near-identical cheongsam from a different sumptuous fabric with a high collar that reaches to the top of her neck. Su believes that her husband is having an affair, and bonds with her neighbour Chow Mo-wan (Tony ChiuWai Leung) who shares the same suspicions about his wife, but as they grow closer must balance their desire for intimacy with their marital commitments. Set within the apartments and in-between spaces of Hong Kong amid the tumultuous 1960s, Wong’s masterpiece reflects its dresses: refined, beautiful, but heartbreakingly-restrained. Wong Kar-wai is one of contemporary cinema’s greatest living directors. After coming to international attention in 1994 with his urban love story CHUNGKING EXPRESS, Wong won the Best Director Award at the Cannes Film Festival for HAPPY TOGETHER, a turbulent romance between two men who leave Hong Kong for Argentina in an attempt to rekindle their relationship. In 2000, Wong returned to Cannes with IN THE MOOD FOR LOVE, which received the Technical Grand Prize and Best Actor award, before going on to win Best Foreign Film at the 2001 Césare Awards. Widely regarded as one of the greatest films ever made, IN THE MOOD FOR LOVE was voted one of the three greatest Asian films in history at the 2015 Busan Film Festival, and was listed as the second greatest film of the 21st century by a BBC poll of critics in 2016. Wong’s latest film, the martial arts epic THE GRANDMASTER, opened the 2013 Berlin International Film Festival and garnered two Academy Award nominations for Best Cinematography and Best Costume Design. The film also received honors at the 33rd Hong Kong Film Awards and the 8th Asian Film Awards, which included Best Film and Best Director. Born in Shanghai and raised in Hong Kong, Wong was named one of the Top Ten Directors of modern times by the British Film Institute in 2006 and made history as the first Chinese chair of the jury at the Cannes Film Festival. In 2007, he was knighted by the French government’s National Order of the Legion of Honour, and was awarded France’s Commander of the Order of Arts and Letters in 2013. He was invited as the Exhibition Artistic Director for the art exhibition “China: Through the Looking Glass” held by The Metropolitan Museum of Art in 2015, and this year was awarded a Doctor of Arts by Harvard University. HIFF is honoured to host Wong Kar-wai and include a retrospective of some of his most significant works at this year’s festival. This year, we will screen HAPPY TOGETHER and IN THE MOOD FOR LOVE, as well as a special screening of CHUNGKING EXPRESS that will include a discussion with the filmmaker.

SCREENINGS CHUNGKING EXPRESS WITH WONG KAR WAI HONG KONG SAR CHINA 1994 | CANTONESE, WITH ENGLISH SUBTITLES | 102M DIRECTOR: WONG KAR WAI 15-NOV 6:30 PM DOL See page 25 for film details.

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HAPPY TOGETHER

IN THE MOOD FOR LOVE

HONG KONG SAR CHINA 1997 | CANTONESE, WITH ENGLISH SUBTITLES | 96M DIRECTOR: WONG KAR WAI

HONG KONG SAR CHINA 2000 | CANTONESE, WITH ENGLISH SUBTITLES | 98M DIRECTOR: WONG KAR WAI

16-NOV 6:45 PM DOL

17-NOV 12:30 PM DOL

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See page 32 for film details.


HIFF VR LOUNGE

HIFF VR LOUNGE

Virtual reality technologies bring us closer to the action than ever before, bringing us face-to-face with some of the most vital issues and stories in the world today. For the first time at the festival, we are proud to present the HIFF VR Lounge, bringing together a selection of exciting contemporary VR projects from around the world to SALT at our Kakaako. The HIFF VR LOUNGE is FREE and open to the public. VR LOUNGE LOCATION

VR LOUNGE DATES & TIME

SALT at Our Kaka’ako 691 Auahi Street Honolulu, HI 96813

SAT NOV 10 - MON NOV 12 DAILY | 11:00AM – 9:00PM

2018 FILMS

AGE OF SAIL

CHASING CORAL: THE VR EXPERIENCE

UNITED STATES | ENGLISH | 12M DIRECTOR: JOHN KAHRS

UNITED STATES | 6M DIRECTOR: JEFF ORLOWSKI

An old, down on his luck sailor rescues a young girl lost at sea, but in the process begins to question his place in the world. The latest work from the director of Academy Award-winning animated short PAPERMAN, AGE OF SAIL is a visually-extraordinary snapshot of life at sea.

A companion piece to the CHASING CORAL documentary feature screened at HIFF 2017, CHASING CORAL: THE VR EXPERIENCE follows ‘coral nerd’ Zackery Rago as he explores Lizard Island and examines the impacts of bleaching through time-lapse photography.

FINDING HAKA

SONGBIRD

NEW ZEALAND, UNITED KINGDOM | ENGLISH, MAORI | 14M DIRECTOR:

UNITED KINGDOM | ENGLISH | 8M DIRECTOR: LUCY GREENWELL

The haka is a fearsome and impressive demonstration of strength in Maori culture. Placing us alongside a young Maori man trying to reconnect with his history and identity, FINDING HAKA brings us face to face with the terrifying wardance, but also its importance as a symbol of survival and community.

Hawaii is the extinct bird capital of the world. Many native birds are endangered, but for some it's too late. The fabled 'ˉo'ˉo (songbird) was last seen in 1985. Set amid the cloud forest of Kauai, SONGBIRD takes you back in time to meet the legendary species and hear its last song.

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FILM FOR THOUGHT

FILM FOR THOUGHT: THE COMMON GOOD PRESENTED BY:

Film For Thought is a special program presented in partnership with the Hawai’i Council for the Humanities designed to inspire critical discourse and community dialogue through the medium of film. The ninth annual Film For Thought program will feature five feature films, focused on the theme ‘Common Good’. The first screening of each film will be followed by a special post-screening scholar led discussion, while a companion booklet containing essays on all five film programs will be provided to audience members at all FFT screenings.

2018 FILMS

9-NOV | SCHOLAR-LED DISCUSSION TO FOLLOW FILM

12-NOV | SCHOLAR-LED DISCUSSION TO FOLLOW FILM

16-NOV | SCHOLAR-LED DISCUSSION TO FOLLOW FILM

EATING UP EASTER

GENERAL MAGIC

INVENTING TOMORROW

WORLD PREMIERE

HAWAII PREMIERE

HAWAII PREMIERE

CHILE, UNITED STATES 2018 | ENGLISH, FRENCH, SPANISH, TAHITIAN W/ENGLISH SUBTITLES | 75M DIRECTOR: SERGIO M. RAPU

UNITED STATES 2018 | ENGLISH | 93M DIRECTOR: SARAH KERUISH, MATT MAUDE

UNITED STATES 2018 | ENGLISH | 87M DIRECTOR: LAURA NIX

12-NOV | 8:15 PM | DOL 14-NOV | 3:15 PM | DOL

16-NOV | 8:00 PM | DOL 30-NOV | 6:00 PM | PAL

9-NOV | 5:30 PM | DOL 10-NOV | 11:00 AM | DOL

See page 29 for film details.

See page 33 for film details.

See page 26 for film details.

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10-NOV | SCHOLAR-LED DISCUSSION TO FOLLOW FILM

PEOPLE’S REPUBLIC OF DESIRE

TEN YEARS: JAPAN

HAWAII PREMIERE

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CHINA, UNITED STATES 2018 | ENGLISH, CHINESE W/ ENGLISH SUBTITLES | 95M DIRECTOR: HAO WU

HONG KONG, JAPAN 2018 | JAPANESE W/ ENGLISH SUBTITLES | 99M DIRECTOR: AKIYO FUJIMURA, CHIE HAYAKAWA, KEI ISHIKAWA, YUSUKE KINOSHITA, MEGUMI TSUNO

11-NOV | 5:00 PM | DOL 16-NOV | 1:30 PM | DOL See page 38 for film details.

10-NOV | 3:45 PM | DOL 12-NOV | 1:00 PM | DOL See page 43 for film details.

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HIFF EDUCATION

DANIEL K. INOUYE STUDENT FILM INITIATIVE This past June, the Daniel K. Inouye Institute and the Hawaii International Film Festival launched a partnership to encourage middle and high school students statewide to create films inspired by Senator Inouye’s historic speech at the 1968 Democratic National Convention. Senator Inouye, a decorated veteran who served in World War II as part of the 442nd Infantry Regiment, was the first person of color to deliver a keynote address at the

Democratic National Convention. In that historic moment, Inouye boldly addressed lingering racism in America or what he called the “immorality” of the Vietnam War. Student filmmakers chose one of four themes/excerpts from Senator Inouye’s speech and used their chosen theme/excerpt for inspiration to produce a short film (no more than 3 minutes in length).

DKII STUDENT SHOWCASE SCREENING

Finalists will be presented during the 38th Annual Hawaii International Film Festival (November 8th-18th) during a special presentation screening as part of the Festival’s annual program.

DKII FINALIST LUNCHEON & SEMINAR

Finalists will also be invited to attend a Future Filmmaker Luncheon and Seminar, featuring guest speaker Harry Shum, Jr., who has won a Screen Actor’s Guild award for his performance on GLEE, numerous awards and accolades for his role on SHADOWHUNTERS, and most recently has appeared on the blockbuster hit CRAZY RICH ASIANS. Producer and writer Phil Chung of You Offend Me, You Offend My Family (YOMYOMF) will serve as the moderator for the panel.

DKII STUDENT PRIZES

In addition to being able to interact with these internationally recognized leaders in the film industry, the Daniel K. Inouye Institute will be awarding prizes to the top two student films.

17-NOV 11:00 AM DOL | FREE

The Grand Prize student filmmaker will receive a $250 cash award and their school will win a “Get Out and GO” Box which includes a GoPro HERO6 and a $50 Best Buy gift card. The Second Place award includes $100 cash for the student filmmaker and a GoPRO HERO for their school. 54  HIFF


HIFF EDUCATION

HIFF EDUCATION

The Hawaii International Film Festival offers a free and exciting programs for K-12 students throughout the state. The main purpose of our education programs is three fold: • To inspire students to pursue excellence in film and video production • To broaden their understanding of the media industry • To sharpen their critical viewing skills and cultural awareness

Students will have the opportunity to participate in three programs: Guest Filmmaker Program, Cultural & Visual Literacy Program, and Student Showcase.

GUEST FILMMAKER PROGRAM

The following professionals in the filmmaking industry have volunteered to share their expertise. ALIKA MAIKAU TY SANGA GERARD ELMORE ANNE MISAWA

BRADLEY TANGONAN ERIC RIES ERIN LAU CHRISTOPHER YOGI

CULTURAL & VISUAL LITERACY PROGRAM

Free theater screenings of highly acclaimed films that bear cultural and/or educational significance.

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INVENTING TOMORROW

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HIFF EDUCATION

HIFF EDUCATION

STUDENT SHOWCASE A free screening of the best films produced by students in grades K-12 from Hawaii.

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DIRECTOR: FIONA SIEVERT

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DIRECTOR: JOY YUKUMOTO

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EMOTIONS IN TIME

DIRECTORS: ALETA HAMMERICH

UNIVERSITY STUDENT SHOWCASE

HIFF will present the best short films submitted by university students from Hawaii. It will be a great opportunity for students to view top-notch films produced by their peers. Everyone is welcome! Students whose films are selected for the University Student Showcase will be invited to introduce their work and to participate in post-screening Q&A sessions with audience members. (Students will be responsible for their own travel.) HIFF’s University Student Showcase screening is open to the general public to attend.

SATURDAY NOVEMBER 4 | 10:30 AM | REGAL DOLE CANNERY STADIUM 18 AND IMAX FULL FILM LISTING AND DETAILS ON PAGE 41. 2018 University Student Showcase film listing can be found at www.hiff.org.

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HIFF SEMINARS & PANELS

HIFF 2018 SEMINARS & PANELS DISNEY'S MOANA 'OLELO HAWAI'I 11-NOV 4:00 PM – 5:30 PM | DOL | FREE A shortened, edited version of the translated Hawaiian language Walt Disney Animation Studios' "Moana" will be screened at HIFF 2018. A panel discussion will follow describing the process of translating the film. The movie features Annie Award-winning Auli'i Cravalho, UH Mˉanoa student Christopher Kaipulaumakaniolono Baker as Maui, multi-platinum recording artist Nicole Scherzinger as Sina, Kelikokauaikekai Hoe as Ali'i Tui, Kalehuapuake'ula Kawa'a as Puna Tala, Kamakakehau Fernandez as Tamatoa, and 24 locally cast 'ˉolelo Hawai'i speaking actors and singers. This is the first time a Disney picture has been re-recorded in 'ˉolelo Hawai'i.  The University of Hawai'i's Academy for Creative Media System funded and coordinated the re-recording of MOANA with the goal of sharing the film for educational purposes in Hawai'i and beyond.  The collaborative productions joins faculty and staff from the University of Hawai'i - West O'ahu, University of Hawai'i at Mˉanoa, and Honolulu Community College.

808 FILMMAKER TOWN HALL: THE FUTURE OF INDIE FILMMAKING IN HAWAII 10-NOV 3:30 PM – 5:00 PM | DOL | FREE Building on our annual Hawaii Filmmaker Panels—“Choke Misreprentation” in 2016 and “Hometown Heroes” in 2017—HIFF38 is going to change things up for this year’s edition. Instead of a traditional panel, the Festival will host a Town Hall, provide coffee and donuts, and facilitate an open, free-flowing discussion on the state of Hawaii indie filmmaking, current market trends, sustainability, and the future of films and creative content producing in the 808. A major topic will be about HIFF and Ohina Showcase’s partnership in 2019. All Hawaii filmmakers are welcome to attend for free, grab a donut and some coffee, talk story, intermingle, craft partnerships, and work on the future of 808 indie film industry.

SOUND X VISION: IN CONVERSATION WITH AWKWAFINA 17-NOV 2:00 PM | IHEARTRADIO MUSIC HALL Awkwafina is an American actress, writer, rapper and musician from Queens, New York. Awkwafina, whose given name is Nora Lum, brings an impressive range of talent peppered with her signature flair, and has become a major breakout talent of summer 2018 with her co-starring roles in OCEAN’S 8 and CRAZY RICH ASIANS. A true multi-hyphenate, Lum is dominating all media, breaking the glass ceiling not only for women, but also Asian Americans. HIFF is honored to present Awkwafina with this year’s HIFF Maverick Award and present this special exclusive ‘In Conversation’ event at the iHeartRadio MUSIC HALL presented by Hawaiian Financial Federal Credit Union across from Regal Dole Cannery Theaters.

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