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DONBASS (2018): WHY WE LIKE THIS FILM // HIFF Selects

DONBASS, an absurd, political satire that takes place during the wake of Russia’s 2014 invasion of the Eastern European region actually was released stateside in 2019 (after its debut at Cannes 2018). Watching it now as Russia’s invasion of Ukraine is unspooling on our TV screens on a daily basis, lends an unnerving, heightened resonance …

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Hawai‘i filmmakers share photos of FIRE OF LOVE couple from Kilauea 1988

Local filmmaker Mike May with Maurice Krafft at lava lake One of the buzziest films at this year’s HIFF Spring Showcase is the Sundance winning documentary FIRE OF LOVE from director Sara Dosa.  The film follows the lives and careers of daring French Volcanologists Katia and Maurice Krafft who traveled across the globe for years …

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Strong representation of HIFF official selections in just announced Academy Awards nominations

The 94th annual Academy Award nominations were announced earlier this week with very strong representation from several HIFF41 official selections. Taking the lead with a whopping 12 Oscar nominations is Jane Campion’s THE POWER OF THE DOG, including Best Picture, Best Director, and sweeping all the acting nominations for its main cast. Read our recent …

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HIFF SELECTS FEBRUARY: ESCAPE FROM MOGADISHU

WATCH ESCAPE FROM MOGADISHU ON HIFF SELECTS DURING THE MONTH OF FEBRUARY Anderson Le  /// February 1, 2022 When cineastes discuss South Korean cinema, especially in the context of hallyu (Korean wave), auteur names like Bong Joon-ho, Kim Jee-woon and Park Chan-wook are ubiquitously brought up. In 2021, Hwang Dong-hyuk, the creator of SQUID GAME …

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HIFF Talks @ Sundance: More Filmmaker Interviews including Alika Maikau Tengan (EVERY DAY IN KAIMUKI)

HIFF TALKS: The Official Podcast of the Hawai‘i International Film Festival is recorded by and for the HIFF community, we go a little beyond the normal Q&A with filmmakers on their works and interests. Starting with intention, our talks inevitably go into unexpected, spontaneous directions. Such is the life of building community with creatives with …

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HIFF Talks @ Sundance: Sonya Childress & Sahar Driver, co-directors of COLOR CONGRESS

HIFF TALKS: The Official Podcast of the Hawai‘i International Film Festival is recorded by and for the HIFF community, we go a little beyond the normal Q&A with filmmakers on their works and interests. Starting with intention, our talks inevitably go into unexpected, spontaneous directions. Such is the life of building community with creatives with …

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Sundance 2022 Review: EVERY DAY IN KAIMUKĪ

Alika Tengan’s Every Day in Kaimukī (2022) is the first narrative feature by a Kānaka Maoli filmmaker to premiere at Sundance, but it arrives as part of a cohort of similarly unconventional features from Hawaiʻi, including Christopher Makoto Yogi’s August at Akiko’s (2018) and I Was a Simple Man (2021), and Christopher Kahunahana’s Waikiki (2020). …

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HIFF41 Audience Awards Announcement

The votes have been tabulated and the audience has spoken. Here are the HIFF41 Audience Award winners presented by Hawaii News Now.       The HIFF41 Audience Award winners were officially announced on Hawaii News Now. You can view the broadcast announcement here.  HIFF41 Jury Award winners were announced during the HIFF Awards Gala …

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