06-24 November 2019

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'APONO
'APONO

Emma DAILY, Briana SMITH and Su KAI
United States
Short film

Cold Water Warm Heart: Jane, a local student in Hawaii gives her friend and roommate Liu the last pill in the medicine bottle because she heard her coughing in the room next door.

37 SECONDS
37 SECONDS

HIKARI
Japan
Feature film

Yuma is a talented adult manga artist with cerebral palsy. When a publisher tells her she must first gain more “experience,” Yuma sets out on a journey to explore her physical, creative, and sexual autonomy.

8:08 - HOW WE RESPOND
8:08 - HOW WE RESPOND

Ian BELL
United States
Short film

On the morning of January 13th 2018, the State of Hawaii issued a false missile warning leading millions to believe an attack was imminent. The culture of live-streaming provided a real-time record of those who chose to deal with their own mortality in selfie-mode. With a chorus of voices from various social media platforms, 8:08 HOW WE RESPOND takes a look at the effects of false information and our growing cultural instinct to process our lives in front of the camera, even in our final moments

@MIASHEAFFER
@MIASHEAFFER

United States
Short film

A teenage girl struggles to ask people for help and maintain her happy, upbeat YouTube personality when her real life begins to fall apart.

A GIRL MISSING
A GIRL MISSING

Kôji FUKADA
Japan
Feature film

As a home health nurse, Ichiko becomes close to her patients’ families. But when a patient’s granddaughter goes missing, Ichiko becomes embroiled in a maelstrom of lies that threatens to destroy her whole world.

 

 

A HIDDEN LIFE
A HIDDEN LIFE

Terrence MALICK
United States, Germany
Feature film

When Franz Jägerstätter refuses to fight for the Nazis in World War II, he is threatened with execution for treason. His unwavering faith and his love for his family keeps his spirit alive.

A MATTER OF TIME
A MATTER OF TIME

Paula Whetu JONES
New Zealand
Short film

AADHAAR
AADHAAR

Suman GHOSH
India
Feature film

When Pharsua registers for a new aadhaar (resident I.D. card), the village priest says his I.D. is cursed. He sets out on a Kafkaesque journey to change his number against an insurmountable adversary--government bureaucracy.

ABANDONED TEMPLE
ABANDONED TEMPLE

Wei-Hao CHENG
Taiwan
VR project

A young girl wakes up in an abandoned temple filled with religious statues. Suddenly, a terrifying spirit emerges, and the pair revisit the events in the girl’s life that brought her there.

AFTERIMAGE FOR TOMORROW
AFTERIMAGE FOR TOMORROW

Singing CHEN
Taiwan
VR project

Welcome to the Afterlife Memory Trust. You can choose three significant memories to preserve, which you can relieve at the time of your death - but can you trust them?

AIR CONDITIONER IN PANMUNJEOM
AIR CONDITIONER IN PANMUNJEOM

Taehun LEE
South Korea
Short film

The AC repairman who visits Panmunjeom in order to fix the air conditioner, He’s shocked when he realizes the outdoor fan was installed in North Korea…..

AND THEN WE DANCED
AND THEN WE DANCED

Levan AKIN
Sweden, France, Georgia
Feature film

Merab is a serious dancer training at the National Georgian Ensemble. But his world soon turns upside-down when the carefree Irakli arrives and becomes both his strongest rival, and his greatest desire.

ANIMATION CLASS 3
ANIMATION CLASS 3

United States
Short film

An Ice skater, robot, ninja, aliens, cats, and others inhabit worlds brought to life through animation.

ANOTHER CHILD
ANOTHER CHILD

Yoon-Seok KIM
South Korea
Feature film

High school student Joo-ri discovers that her father has been having an affair with the mother of her schoolmate, Yoon-ah. Joo-ri and Yoon-ah must begrudgingly learn together what it means to be a family.

ANOTHER WORLD
ANOTHER WORLD

Junji SAKAMOTO
Japan
Feature film

When Eisuke reappears in his small hometown after many years of absence, it reopens bonds and wounds between him, Hiroshi, and Mitsuhiko, old friends he left behind. Where has all the time gone?

 

ARAB BLUES
ARAB BLUES

Manele Labidi LABBÉ
France, Tunisia
Feature film

Selma (Golshifteh Farahani) is a psychoanalyst, who returns to the country of  her birth, Tunisia, to open up her new practice. Her office becomes a fascinating and hilarious window on a country struggling with cultural change, facing patients with stories of contrast, contradictions and cultural clashes. Farahani especially turns in a luminous performance, full of vitality and humor. 

ASIAN IN AMERICA
ASIAN IN AMERICA


event

Fine dining meets virtual reality in this multisensory celebration of asian american culture and identity.

ASTEROIDS!
ASTEROIDS!

Eric DARNELL
United States
VR project

When disaster strikes in deep space, bumbling aliens Mac and Cheez have to band together to get out in one piece.

ATLANTICS
ATLANTICS

Mati DIOP
France, Belgium, Senegal
Feature film

ATLANTICS is a haunting tale of love set in the suburbs of Dakar. When a fire ruins Ada’s wedding and a mysterious fever spreads, little does Ada know that her former beau has returned.

AUNTY
AUNTY

Dave LAMATTINA and Chad WALKER
United States
Short film

AUNTY is a short documentary about a woman who rose from the carnage of Sierra Leone's civil war to bring education to thousands of children.

BAD GUYS: REIGN OF CHAOS
BAD GUYS: REIGN OF CHAOS

Yong-ho SON
South Korea
Feature film

While a prisoner transport vehicle turns over and the baddest of the bad escape, the police decide to re-assemble a former crime unit comprised of ex-cons to hunt them down.

BALLOON
BALLOON

Jeremy MERRIFIELD
United States
Short film

Exploring gender through the lens of the superhero myth, BALLOON questions how we raise boys when our concept of masculinity has become narrow.

BALLOON (Qi Qiu)
BALLOON (Qi Qiu)

Pema TSEDEN
China
Feature film

On the Tibetan grasslands, a condom sparks a series of embarrassments and dilemmas within a traditional shepherding family. What matters more in the circle of life and death, soul or reality?

 

BAYI GARDIYA
BAYI GARDIYA

Thompson CHRISTIAN
Australia
Short film

An ancient riverbed is brought back to life in this extraordinary pairing of song and immersive 3D animation.

BEANPOLE
BEANPOLE

Kantemir BALAGOV
Russia
Feature film

1945, Leningrad. One of the worst sieges in history is over. Two young women, Iya and Masha, search for meaning and hope in the struggle to rebuild their lives amongst the ruins.

 

 

BELLBIRD
BELLBIRD

Hamish BENNETT
New Zealand
Feature film

Set on a humble Northland dairy farm in New Zealand, BELLBIRD revolves around a rural community as they help one of theirs deal with grief after the loss of a loved one.

 

 

 

BENTO HARASSMENT
BENTO HARASSMENT

Renpei TSUKAMOTO
Japan
Feature film

After being continually disrespected by her rebellious daughter Futaba, perennially positive mother Kaori discovers the most annoying way to get back: by making sickeningly sweet chara-ben (character bento) lunches for her.

BIKRAM: YOGI, GURU, PREDATOR
BIKRAM: YOGI, GURU, PREDATOR

Eva ORNER
United States
Feature film

BIKRAM: YOGI, GURU, PREDATOR shines a light on the women who took down controversial hot yoga guru Bikram Choudhury and explores the contradiction of how this healing discipline could both help and hurt so many.

 

BITE
BITE

Wu RAY
Taiwan
Short film

A bickering elderly couple married for nearly 40 years try to survive the zombie apocalypse as a viral outbreak sweeps across Taiwan.

BLADES
BLADES

Noah TRAMUTO
United States
Short film

Blades is a short film about a young man who wakes up in the middle of a field only to find that he is trapped there indefinitely.

BLOOD MACHINES
BLOOD MACHINES

Seth ICKERMAN
France, United States
Feature film

Two intergalactic hunters take down a spaceship, only to witness a mystical phenomenon--a literal “ghost in the machine”--with what looks like the soul of a young woman emerging out of hardware.

BLOOD QUANTUM
BLOOD QUANTUM

Jeff BARNABY
Canada
Feature film

When zombies appear outside the isolated Mi’gmaq reserve of Red Crow, a tribal sheriff must protect his community and a growing number of apocalyptic refugees from the hordes of walking white corpses.

 

 

 

BODYLESS
BODYLESS

Hsin-Chien HUANG
Taiwan
Short film

Blending immersive digital storytelling with Taiwanese folk beliefs, BODYLESS portrays an elderly political prisoner who passes away in his cell as his ghost descends into an underworld of shifting digital spaces and images.

BOMBAY ROSE
BOMBAY ROSE

Gitanjali RAO
India
Feature film

Combining traditional hand painting techniques with modern graphics, BOMBAY ROSE tells the story of a flower seller named Kamala who falls in love with a migrant named Salim on the frenetic, gorgeous streets of Bombay.

BOZE
BOZE

Fuyuko MOCHIZUKI
Japan
Short film

Within the Tokara Archipelago in Japan, lies the remote island of Akuseki. It's home to 83 residents, and one mysterious visiting deity called BOZE. 

BRING TO LIFE : 2019 LILIUOKALANI OLINA ARTS ANIMATION ACADEMY
BRING TO LIFE : 2019 LILIUOKALANI OLINA ARTS ANIMATION ACADEMY

Linda DORN
United States
Short film

"Bring to Life" is a collection of student work from the 2019 ʻŌlino Arts Animation Academy in partnership with CalArts. Scenes in the reel were produced by high school-aged students from across the state under the tutelage of CalArts professor Linda Dorn and a team of BFA3 animation students. 

CAN'T STOP THE DANCING (DANCE WITH ME)
CAN'T STOP THE DANCING (DANCE WITH ME)

Shinobu YAGUCHI
Japan
Feature film

When Shizuka accidentally falls under the spell of a hypnotist, she suddenly can’t help but break into song and dance whenever she hears music! DANCE WITH ME is a comedic, music-filled roadtrip across Japan.

CARRIBERRIE
CARRIBERRIE

Dominic ALLEN
Australia
VR project

Experience 60,000 years of Indigenous Australian history through dance, journeying from the Sydney Opera House to traditional ceremonial dances at Uluru, food gathering dances in the rainforest to war songs on the northern tip of the continent.

CARRY MY HEART TO THE YELLOW RIVER
CARRY MY HEART TO THE YELLOW RIVER

Alexis HURKMAN
China
Short film

Taking her hospitalized friend's place on a bike tour to the Yellow River, a high school graduate travels to faraway Gannan and races the clock to share pictures of the journey.

CHANGING THE GAME
CHANGING THE GAME

Michael BARNETT
United States
Feature film

In CHANGING THE GAME, young transgender athlete trailblazers Mack Beggs, Andraya Yearwood, and Sarah Rose Huckman struggle to show that being an athlete is as much a part of their identity as their gender expression.

 

CLEMENCY
CLEMENCY

Chinonye CHUKWU
United States
Feature film

Years of carrying out death row executions have taken a toll on prison warden Bernadine Williams. As she prepares to execute another inmate, Bernadine must confront the psychological and emotional demons her job creates.

COLLISIONS
COLLISIONS

Lynette WALLWORTH
Australia
VR project

Nyarri Morgan's first encounter with Western civilisation was an atomic blast. 60 years on, he tells his own story through another cutting-edge technology.

CRICKET
CRICKET

China
Short film

CROSSING THE LINE
CROSSING THE LINE

David ROSEN
United States
Short film

What should have been a fun night at a local bar has gone terribly wrong. The Jury has to decide what happened as they come to terms with their own prejudices about sexual assault.

CROW: THE LEGEND
CROW: THE LEGEND

Eric DARNELL
United States
VR project

When winter strikes the world for the first time, Crow has to choose whether to make the ultimate sacrifice to save the lives of his friends. Inspired by the Native American story and featuring the voices of John Legend and Oprah Winfrey.

DAFFODILS
DAFFODILS

David STUBBS
New Zealand
Feature film

As indie musician Maisie keeps her dying father company for one last time, she learns about her parents’ bittersweet love story, expressed through contemporary re-imaginings of iconic hit songs by New Zealand artists.

DANIEL K. INOUYE STUDENT FILM INITIATIVE SHOWCASE
DANIEL K. INOUYE STUDENT FILM INITIATIVE SHOWCASE


Feature film

A showcase of films by youth filmmakers as part of this year’s Daniel K. Inouye Student Film Initiative contest. A FREE screening, open to all. 

DARK PLACE
DARK PLACE

Kodie BEDFORD, Bjorn STEWART and Liam PHILLIPS
Australia
Feature film

Australian genre cinema takes an exciting leap forward with DARK PLACE, a quintet of tales that approach postcolonial Indigenous history through the lenses of horror and fantasy, all made by filmmakers of Aboriginal origin.

DISTORTED
DISTORTED

Sophia WHALEN
United States
Short film

Insomniac searches for a sleep solution.

DOGS DON'T WEAR PANTS
DOGS DON'T WEAR PANTS

J.-P. VALKEAPÄÄ
Finland
Feature film

A heartbroken cardiac surgeon is attacked by a dominatrix who mistakes him for her next client. Startled, but feeling a new sensation that kicks him out of his depressed stupor, he wants more.

 

DOWN ON THE SIDEWALK IN WAIKIKI
DOWN ON THE SIDEWALK IN WAIKIKI

Justyn AH CHONG
United States
Short film

In between growing frustrations toward cleaning up after an endless parade of tourists and reflections of a traumatizing memory, a voice rises from within a soft-spoken, Hawaiian janitor down on the sidewalk in Waikiki. 

DRIVING
DRIVING

Chelsi JOHNSTON
United States
Short film

With her mom absent from the house and her dad unwilling to talk openly, seventeen-year-old Maile finds destructive ways to cope with the pain and confusion.

DUMBNESS
DUMBNESS

China
Short film

Xiaohai accidentally found his father derailed. Xiaohai was very entangled about telling her mother the truth. In a boat, Xiaohai and her mother were caught in heavy rain, and Xiaohai returned home weak.

EATING UP EASTER
EATING UP EASTER

Sergio M. RAPU
United States
Feature film

A native Rapanui filmmaker narrates to his son the modern dilemma of their people, descendants of the ancient statue builders, who are working to tackle the consequences of their rapidly developing home.

ESCAPED SOLDIER
ESCAPED SOLDIER

China
Short film

EXIT
EXIT

Sang-Geun LEE
South Korea
Feature film

When a disaster strikes, covering an entire district in Seoul with mysterious toxic gas, Yong-Nam, a disgraced rock climber, must use his “unique set of skills" to get everyone to safety.

 

 

 

FALL GUY
FALL GUY

Bradley CRAWFORD
United States
Short film

An innocent man inherits a mysterious curse, and suffers through the punishment of an unknown global force.

FAREWELL SONG
FAREWELL SONG

Akihiko SHIOTA
Japan
Feature film

After years together, longtime friends and bandmates Haru and Leo embark on their final tour with their handsome manager Shima. A musical journey through their past reveals a story of passion, music, and unrequited love.

FINE
FINE

Jessie HEARTHER
United States
Short film

FLUTE
FLUTE

Yiwen ZHU and Shasha LAN
China
Short film

In the war years, a pair of childhood friends had to be separated, a flute and a promise, affected a Chinese girl's heart. Many years later, when the American writer JOE came to China, he wrote a legendary story in the flute sound and in his dream.

FOR MY FATHER'S KINGDOM
FOR MY FATHER'S KINGDOM

Vea MAFILE'O and Jeremiah TAUAMITI
New Zealand
Feature film

New Zealand artist Vea Mafile'o investigates why her father, who left Tonga decades ago for New Zealand, still insists on giving nearly everything he earns to the Tongan church, which has bewildered many of his family members.

FOR SAMA
FOR SAMA

Waad AL-KATEAB and Edward WATTS
Syria, United Kingdom
Feature film

26-year old female Syrian filmmaker, Waad al-Kateab, filmed her life in rebel-held Aleppo through 5 years of the Syrian uprising, documenting the challenges the conflict imposed on women and children.

FUTURE DREAMING
FUTURE DREAMING

SUTU
Australia
VR project

Step into a time warping dream bubble as four young Aboriginal Australians guide you through their futures. Be ready for an intergalactic adventure, but look out for the space emus!

GEOGRAPHIES OF KINSHIP
GEOGRAPHIES OF KINSHIP

Deann LIEM
United States, Sweden, Switzerland, United States, South Korea
Feature film

In this tale about the rise of Korea’s global adoption program, four adult adoptees return to their country of birth, mapping the geographies of kinship that bind them to a homeland they never knew.

GO BACK TO CHINA
GO BACK TO CHINA

Emily TING
United States, Hong Kong, China
Feature film

After burning through her trust fund, spoiled rich girl Sasha Li is forced to go back to China to work in the family's business. While reconnecting with her estranged family, she also learns about herself.

GOODBYE MOTHER
GOODBYE MOTHER

Dinh Le Minh TRINH
Vietnam
Feature film

A young man returns home to discover his family is unraveling. His mother hopes he will stay, but she wonders about the handsome overseas man he brought home with him.

GRANNY POETRY CLUB
GRANNY POETRY CLUB

Jae-Hwan KIM
South Korea
Feature film

A whole generation of women banned from reading by colonial policies in the 1930s finally get their chance to learn the Korean written language for the first time through the Granny Poetry Club.

GREEN GONE
GREEN GONE

Frith KEANU, Tess MORETTI-HILL, Gabriel JEFFERS and Mahea DUNN
United States
Short film

This infomercial parody pokes fun at the overuse of pesticides and herbicides and the psychology used to market them.

GROWING OUR FUTURE
GROWING OUR FUTURE

Nakualakuhikuhi KANAKAOLE-PARK, Ire PU-AKINA, Huaka PARK and Jesiah MALAIKINI
United States
Short film

In partnership with Ma Ka Hāna Ka ʻIke's project-based learning cohort at Hāna School, this short documentary features interviews with Hāna youth as they learn about traditional agriculture in Wailua and launch a student-run business growing hydroponic lettuce.

HAOLE
HAOLE

James SERENO
United States
Feature film

Thirteen-year-old David Kealoha dreams of escaping rural Hawaii. But when Jonah, a white kid from Phoenix, Arizona moves into the neighborhood, tragedy strikes, irrevocably changing the trajectory of David's life and those closest to him.

HAPPY CLEANERS
HAPPY CLEANERS

Julian KIM and Peter S. LEE
United States
Feature film

while trying to heal intergenerational wounds and broken ties, and revealing the real hardships Asian immigrant families face every day.

HARDLY WORKING
HARDLY WORKING

United States
Short film

With a crazy boss, few slothful workers, and an audacious receptionist, this companies only hope is the intern.

HAWAI'I XR SHOWCASE
HAWAI'I XR SHOWCASE


event

Meet the local VR community and explore the potential of this exciting new set of technologies.

HAWAII HARDCORE
HAWAII HARDCORE

Erick MELANSON
United States
Short film

Hawai'i Hardcore is about the hardcore punk scene in Hawai'i. Hawai'i's hardcore scene is, in a way, a subculture within a subculture. 

HEARTS AND BONES
HEARTS AND BONES

Ben LAWRENCE
Australia
Feature film

When a famed war photographer prepares for an upcoming photo retrospective of his work, a South Sudanese refugee finds Daniel and appeals to him to exclude a photograph that may destroy them both.

HEAVY CRAVING
HEAVY CRAVING

Pei-Ju HSIEH
Taiwan
Feature film

Jiang Ying-Juan is a plus-size woman who loves to cook, but everyone pressures her to lose weight. After meeting a deliveryman who rescues her from harassment, she embarks on her quest to fit in.

HIFF TALKS: CAPE PITCH WORKSHOP - CRAFTING YOUR PERSONAL STORY
HIFF TALKS: CAPE PITCH WORKSHOP - CRAFTING YOUR PERSONAL STORY


event

Led by CAPE (Coalition of Asian Pacifics in Entertainment), this hands-on, interactive workshop will teach you the tools in crafting an ideal pitch. Very limited seating.

HIFF TALKS: INDIGENOUS PERSPECTIVES
HIFF TALKS: INDIGENOUS PERSPECTIVES


event

Join Indigenous artists from Hawai'i and Australia as they discuss their life, work and creative practice.

HIFF TALKS: NEW AMERICAN PERSPECTIVES
HIFF TALKS: NEW AMERICAN PERSPECTIVES


event

As part of 2019’s New American Perspective’s program presented in partnership with the Vilcek Foundation, HIFF will present a FREE panel discussion with the five filmmakers spotlighted in this year’s program.

HIFF TALKS: PIONEERING INTERACTIVE IMMERSIVE STORYTELLING AT BAOBAB STUDIOS
HIFF TALKS: PIONEERING INTERACTIVE IMMERSIVE STORYTELLING AT BAOBAB STUDIOS


event

Join Larry Cutler, one of the award-winning masterminds behind award-winning Baobab Studios as he gives insights into the many experiments, failures and learnings that have made VR what it is today.

HIFF TALKS: VIRTUAL TAIWAN
HIFF TALKS: VIRTUAL TAIWAN


event

Taiwan is a global centre of innovation in VR technology and storytelling. Join two prominent creators as they discuss their work and the future of the industry. 

HINEKURA
HINEKURA

Arahanga BECS
New Zealand
Short film

On the day she gets her first menses, Hinekura is initiated into adulthood with ceremony and blessings. She’s taken to a wananga where her role within the tribe is revealed to her.

HOPE FROZEN
HOPE FROZEN

Pailin WEDEL
Thailand
Feature film

A Thai two-year-old girl with terminal brain cancer undergoes cryo-preservation. While her father yearns to let her experience a rebirth inside a regenerated body, what her brother discovers will rattle their radical hope in science.

I LOST MY BODY
I LOST MY BODY

Jérémy CLAPIN
France
Feature film

When a young man gets his hand sliced off at the start of the story, his hand sets off on a journey to try to reconnect with his body while making sense of his life.

 

 

INSEPARABLE BROS
INSEPARABLE BROS

Sang-Hyo YOOK
South Korea
Feature film

Two kids—a quadriplegic and a mentally handicapped boy—find each other at a foster home for children with special needs. But after living 20 years together, the local government threatens to tear them apart.

INVASION!
INVASION!

Eric DARNELL
United States
VR project

Invading aliens meet their ultimate match: two adorable bunnies. 

INVISIBLE LIFE
INVISIBLE LIFE

Karim AÏNOUZ
Brazil
Feature film

Rio de Janeiro, 1950. Eurídice, 18, and Guida, 20, are two inseparable sisters living at home with their conservative parents. Although immersed in a traditional life, each one nourishes a dream: Eurídice of becoming a renowned pianist, Guida of finding true love. In a dramatic turn, they are separated by their father and forced to live apart, not knowing they live in the same city. They take control of their separate destinies, while never giving up hope of finding each other.

IRREVERSIBLE
IRREVERSIBLE

Emma TAMASHIRO and Karissa TABADERO
United States
Short film

After receiving a pass to the new time machine attraction at her local fair, Lina travels back time. Little does Lina know that one mistake can change everything.

JOHN NEPTUNE Shakuhachi Performance
JOHN NEPTUNE Shakuhachi Performance


event

John 'Kaizan' Neptune, master of the Japanese shakuhachi flute will perform a short set after the first screening of WORDS CAN'T GO THERE.

JOJO RABBIT
JOJO RABBIT

Taika WAITITI
United States
Feature film

During the second World War, lonely German boy Jojo "Rabbit" Betzler has his worldview turned upside down when he discovers that his single mother Rosie is hiding a young Jewish girl in their attic.

JUST MERCY
JUST MERCY

Destin Daniel CRETTON
United States
Feature film

Lawyer Bryan Stevenson goes to Alabama to defend the disenfranchised, including Walter McMillian, a man sentenced to death despite evidence proving his innocence. Bryan fights tirelessly for Walter with the system stacked against them.

 

 

JUST ONLY LOVE
JUST ONLY LOVE

Rikiya IMAIZUMI
Japan
Feature film

While Teruko adores Mamoru, Mamoru couldn’t care less about her. But when he invites her to meet the object of his affection, Sumire, it may turn the tables on her unrequited love.

 

 

 

KAMALI
KAMALI

Sasha RAINBOW
United Kingdom, India
Short film

Kamali is the only girl skateboarder in a fishing village. Her timorous mother, Suganthi takes a pilgrimage in a quest for self discovery. Separated for the first time, they must find freedom in a man’s world.

KAMPAI! SAKE SISTERS
KAMPAI! SAKE SISTERS

Mirai KONISHI
United States, Japan
Feature film

Once forbidden to set foot into sake breweries, today women are the ones driving the most exciting changes within the sake industry in Japan. This documentary delves into the passionate lives of three pioneering women.

KIDS SPEAK ON PLASTIC POLLUTION
KIDS SPEAK ON PLASTIC POLLUTION

Mikaela LAGASCA, Hokuaokaʻale GILMAN and Kailani IBANEZ
United States
Short film

What do kids think about the growing problem of plastic pollution? Our students explore young perspectives on plastic pollution causes, impacts and solutions through interviews with Maui kids ages five through ten.

KNIVES OUT
KNIVES OUT

Rian JOHNSON
United States
Feature film

When renowned novelist Harlan Thrombey is found dead in his estate, Detective Benoit Blanc is enlisted to investigate, sifting through a web of red herrings and lies to uncover the truth behind Harlan’s untimely death.

 

LAST TAXI DANCE
LAST TAXI DANCE

Brayden YODER
United States
Short film

In a ballroom called Paradise, in the aftermath of World War II, a proud Hawaiian singer dances with a returned U.S. soldier and debates the dignity of the American dream. 

LAURIE RUBIN
LAURIE RUBIN

Justin KIMATA
United States
Short film

A renowned opera singer journeys through the challenges of blindness. A universal story of resilience and love.

LIKE MADDAH
LIKE MADDAH

Rena SHISHIDO
United States
Short film

A local psychologist in Hawai‘i can solve everybody’s family problems but her own.

LILIU
LILIU

Jeremiah TAUAMITI
New Zealand, Samoa
Short film

Solo, a young Samoan interpreter for the Native Courts in Colonial, New Zealand Samoa, does what he thinks is best for his people, and at times lies as he translates. Unbeknown to Solo, High Chief Nua who is charged with trespass, understands and speaks English. 

LINGUA FRANCA
LINGUA FRANCA

Isabel SANDOVAL
United States, Philippines
Feature film

Olivia is a domestic caregiver and transgender woman who becomes romantically involved with her employer’s adult grandson in the pursuit of a marriage-based green card, facing many intersecting hurdles along the way.

LOST AND FOUND: THE FILM ARCHIVES OF GREG NOLL
LOST AND FOUND: THE FILM ARCHIVES OF GREG NOLL

Grant WASHBURN and Jay JOHNSON
United States
Short film

Greg “Da Bull” Noll is one of the most prominent surfing legends. He is known for his imposing stature and the way he “charges” onto the biggest of waves. Now, LOST & FOUND: THE FILM ARCHIVES OF GREG NOLL attempts to locate and preserve his historic images.

LUCKY GRANDMA
LUCKY GRANDMA

Sasie SEALY
United States
Feature film

When an ornery, chain-smoking Chinese lands herself on the wrong side of luck at the casino, she somehow soon finds herself in the middle of a Chinatown gang war.

LUGER
LUGER

United Kingdom
Short film

Tom is in for a surprise when he meets his elderly grandfather's two carers. Not only do they appear to be at war but when he discovers a mysterious object in the kitchen things take a dark turn.

MAN OF MEN
MAN OF MEN

Yong SOO
South Korea
Feature film

Young-ki, a low-life gangster who wants to turn his life around, unexpectedly crosses paths with Jang-soo, a ruthless lawyer with a terminal illness. What follows is a light-hearted but also profoundly life-changing journey into friendship.

MANY HANDS MAKE LIGHT WORK : THE WEAVERS OF THE HAWAII STATE CAPITOL TAPESTRIES
MANY HANDS MAKE LIGHT WORK : THE WEAVERS OF THE HAWAII STATE CAPITOL TAPESTRIES

George TAHARA and Web ANDERSON
United States
Feature film

ʻUluʻulu preserves our moving image history to honor the past, and ensure their availability for future generations. This year we honor those women who were commissioned to create the massive tapestries that hang on the walls of the State Capitol chambers. For 50 years they have adorned the walls of the Senate and House chambers, quietly providing color, background, style, and decoration – but it took a village to create them. We will take a look back in time to see the many hands that made light work.

MARRIAGE STORY
MARRIAGE STORY

Noah BAUMBACH
United States
Feature film

A stage director (Adam Driver) and his actor wife (Scarlett Johansson) struggle through a grueling divorce that pushes them to their personal and creative extremes in one of the most critically-acclaimed films of the year.

MASQUERADE HOTEL
MASQUERADE HOTEL

Masayuki SUZUKI
Japan
Feature film

When a string of murders hits Tokyo, a hardened detective is forced to work undercover with an unflappable hotelier in order to find the murderer while keeping hotel guests alive and safe.

 

 

MAUNA KEA: THROUGH THE KIAI LENS
MAUNA KEA: THROUGH THE KIAI LENS

Ciara LACY, Jalena KEANE-LEE and Mikey INOUYE
United States
Feature film

Free to the public, this special film program and panel discussion explores the ‘Kapu Aloha’ movement happening on top of Mauna Kea and the fight to block the controversial Thirty Meter Telescope (TMT) project.

MERAKI
MERAKI

Rena SHISHIDO
United States
Short film

MERAKI is a story about a local Japanese photographer, EMI, who struggles to create authentic work in the saturated wedding photography market. When the reality of Hawai’i doesn’t meet the expectations of her client, YUI, Emi must think of alternative ways to please her while keeping true to herself.

MINA-ANUD
MINA-ANUD

Kerwin GO
Philippines
Feature film

When three tons of cocaine wash ashore in a peaceful seaside community in the Philippines, two down-on-their-luck surfers are faced with a dilemma: turn it over to the authorities or get lured by easy money?

MO TE IWI: CARVING FOR THE PEOPLE
MO TE IWI: CARVING FOR THE PEOPLE

Robin GREENBERG
New Zealand
Feature film

At 82, Rangi Hetet is one of the last traditional Māori carvers alive today in an era that straddled the ways of the old tohunga whakairo (master carvers) and those of the modern world.

MO'O!
MO'O!

Anela LING
United States
Short film

Two grieving cousins navigate Oʻahu’s haunted terrain in search of life - before and after.

MOLOKAI BOUND
MOLOKAI BOUND

Alika MAIKAU
United States
Short film

A wayward young man, recently released from prison, struggles to reconnect with his son and Hawaiian heritage.

NINA WU
NINA WU

Midi Z
Taiwan, Malaysia, Myanmar
Feature film

In this gripping psychological drama, aspiring actress Nina Wu leaves her hometown for the big city, navigating through an oppressive film industry, devastating family tragedies, and mysterious paranoid delusions linked to a long-repressed memory.

NO. 7 CHERRY LANE
NO. 7 CHERRY LANE

YONFAN
Hong Kong
Feature film

Ziming, a Hong Kong University undergraduate, is entangled between his amorous feelings for Mrs Yu, a self-exiled mother from Taiwan in the White Terror period, and her beautiful daughter Meiling.

NOTHING FANCY: DIANA KENNEDY
NOTHING FANCY: DIANA KENNEDY

Elizabeth CARROLL
United States, Mexico
Feature film

This documentary follows Diana Kennedy, who is known for her feisty personality, strict rules and insistence on fresh, sustainable produce. Even at 96 years old, this British chef shows no signs of slowing down.

OCEAN QUEST XPRIZE COMPETITION DOCUMENTARY
OCEAN QUEST XPRIZE COMPETITION DOCUMENTARY

Shane VERMOOTEN
United States
Feature film

A team of gifted high school students enter an international competition to map the ocean floor, but have to contend with professional opponents, challenging technology and a steep learning curve.

OKINAWAN BLUE
OKINAWAN BLUE

Tsukasa KISHIMOTO
Japan
Feature film

Set in the quaint, picturesque island of Zamami, OKINAWAN BLUE explores what the island life means to its visitors and residents, weaving three strands of stories together into an omnibus film.

OLYMPIC DREAMS
OLYMPIC DREAMS

Jeremy TEICHER
United States
Feature film

Penelope, a young cross-country skier, bonds with a volunteer doctor Ezra in the Olympic athletes village during the 2018 Winter Olympic Games in Pyeongchang, the perfect backdrop for this charming romantic comedy.

ONCE WERE BROTHERS: ROBBIE ROBERTSON & THE BAND
ONCE WERE BROTHERS: ROBBIE ROBERTSON & THE BAND

Daniel ROHER
United States
Feature film

ONCE WERE BROTHERS follows the life and legacy of music legend Robbie Robertson, capturing an intimate glimpse of Robertson through rare archival footage as well as poignant interviews with those who knew him.

OTHER PEOPLE
OTHER PEOPLE

Bryson CHUN
United States
Short film

Some people have perfect relationships. Some people agree on their Netflix choices. Some people just can't break into dance at the mall. These are not some people. OTHER PEOPLE is a musical relationship comedy for almost everyone.

OUR ATOLL SPEAKS: KO TALATALA MAI TO MATOU WENUA
OUR ATOLL SPEAKS: KO TALATALA MAI TO MATOU WENUA

Gemma CUBERO DEL BARRIO
United States, Cook Islands
Short film

Our Atoll Speaks (Ko Talatala Mai Tō Mātou Wenua) Enter the breathtaking atoll of Pukapuka/Nassau in this communal film -poem and discover the environmental wisdom of our ancestors.

OUR HOME
OUR HOME

Eunjoo BOO
South Korea
Short film

 After moving into his new house, Jongsuk, struggling to get a job, faces two children who insist that they live there. Jongsuk and the children end up living together, for a while.

OUR TIME MACHINE
OUR TIME MACHINE

Yang SUN and S. Leo CHIANG
China
Feature film

A moving meditation on art, mortality, and family, OUR TIME MACHINE centers on Maleonn, a famous Chinese conceptual artist, as he grapples with the advancing dementia afflicting his father, Ma Ke.

PALM BEACH
PALM BEACH

Rachel WARD
Australia
Feature film

A retired rock band reunites in the affluent northern beaches of Sydney, but as the group reconnects, cracks begin to form between the once-close friends as secrets from decades earlier start to resurface.

PARASITE
PARASITE

Bong JOON HO
South Korea
Feature film

Ki-taek (Song Kang-ho) and his wife and two kids are poor and unemployed, living in a basement apartment and scraping by with the use of handouts and the neighbors’ wifi. One day son Ki-woo learns that his friend is going abroad and leaving behind a prestigious tutoring job for a rich family. A plan is hatched. As Ki-woo manipulates his way in as the rich daughter’s tutor, the family begins to insert themselves into the lives of the wealthy household. 

PICTURE CHARACTER
PICTURE CHARACTER

Ian CHENEY and Martha SHANE
United States, Germany, United Kingdom, Austria, Argentina, Japan
Feature film

Emojis are a worldwide phenomenon, with some arguing that these smiling poops and heart-eyed faces are on the verge of actually becoming their own language. Who, if anyone, is in charge of this new global digital language? PICTURE CHARACTER take us deep into this world, from the private non-profit international consortium that standardized emoji offerings and decides on the introduction of new ones, to the campaigns for new emojis. You’ll never look at another emoji, or think of language itself, the same way again. 

PORTRAIT OF A LADY ON FIRE
PORTRAIT OF A LADY ON FIRE

Céline SCIAMMA
France
Feature film

A gifted artist is commissioned to paint the portrait of a young woman who refuses to sit for her portrait. As the two women become more intimate, they must fight the forces driving them apart.

POWER MERI
POWER MERI

Joanna LESTER
Australia, Papua New Guinea
Feature film

POWER MERI follows Papua New Guinea’s first national women’s rugby league team on their journey to the 2017 World Cup in Australia, fighting intense sexism, lack of funding, and national prejudice along the way.

PREMATURE
PREMATURE

Rashaad ERNESTO GREEN
United States
Feature film

Set against the backdrop of a changing Harlem landscape, seventeen-year-old Ayanna meets mysterious outsider Isaiah as she travails the rigorous terrain of young love the summer before she leaves for college.

REEL WAHINE OF HAWAII
REEL WAHINE OF HAWAII

United States
Short film

REEL WĀHINE OF HAWAI'I highlights Hawai'i’s prominent women filmmakers: Editor and producer Lisa Altieri; Filmmaker and educator Lisette Flanary; Filmmaker Erin Lau; Filmmaker Myrna Kamae; Documentarian and educator Marlene Booth; and animator Laura Margulies.

REMEMBER
REMEMBER

Kaʻimi KALELEIKI, Chloe CHIN and Tessa CHIN
United States
Short film

In this short theatrical film, three generations of women reflect on the beauty of their island home and the changes they see taking place in their natural environment.

REVERENCE
REVERENCE

Keliʻi GRACE
United States
Short film

In ancient Hawaiʻi, a warrior was entrusted with the sacred act of hiding his beloved chief’s bones. To ensure they would never be found, he traveled in secret…

RIDE YOUR WAVE
RIDE YOUR WAVE

Masaaki YUASA
Japan
Feature film

Hinako is a surf-loving college student who has just moved to a small seaside town. When a sudden fire breaks out at her apartment building, she is rescued by Minato, a handsome firefighter, and the two soon fall in love. Just as they become inseparable, Minato loses his life in an accident at sea. Devastated, Hinako cannot look at the sea, until one day, she randomly sings their favorite song and Minato magically appears in the water.

ROOMMATES
ROOMMATES

Kyle MOTONAGA
United States
Short film

As an ostracized older man and his rude roommate watch something strange on the television, his roommate takes this opportunity to humiliate him, only for it to lead to something more sinister.

RUTH - JUSTICE GINSBURG IN HER OWN WORDS
RUTH - JUSTICE GINSBURG IN HER OWN WORDS

Freida Lee MOCK
United States
Feature film

Relying on Ruth Bader Ginsburg’s own words and actions through rare archival footage and interviews, Academy Award®-winning filmmaker Freida Lee Mock captures the immensely popular and trailblazing justice’s life, views, and career.

SANTUARIO
SANTUARIO

Pilar TIMPANE and Christine DELP
United States
Short film

After 24 years of living in the US, a Guatemalan grandmother threatened with deportation takes sanctuary in a North Carolina church.

SEBERG
SEBERG

Benedict ANDREWS
United States
Feature film

With a bravura performance from Kristin Stewart as the titular French New Wave icon Jean Seberg, this film focuses on her affiliation with the Black Panthers in the 1960s.

SECOND SIGHT
SECOND SIGHT

Cole SAX
United States, Philippines
Short film

Nestled in the rice fields of the Philippines, a family faces the life-inhibiting consequences of blindness until a doctor visits the village and gives the gift of sight in under 10 minutes.

SHANGHAI MAN WOMAN
SHANGHAI MAN WOMAN

Daowu YUAN
China
Short film

An American-Born Chinese girl studying alone in Shanghai, China, is depressed by the pressure from her mother after the breakup. The driver she met during the taxi ride was a descendant of an American couple who settled in Shanghai. 

SIGNAL 100
SIGNAL 100

Lisa TAKEBA
Japan
Feature film

A teacher forces his class to watch a strange video and discover that several students have jumped to their deaths. The remaining survivors must decipher the teacher’s motives before they’re all dead…

SKIRT
SKIRT

Briana SMITH and Chloe MA
China, China
Short film

A career-oriented woman with no time for anyone catches a young girl stealing from a clothing shop.

SO LONG, MY SON
SO LONG, MY SON

Xiaoshuai WANG
China
Feature film

SO LONG MY SON traces the lives of two families over three decades of social, political, and human upheaval in China. Following the loss of a child in a tragic accident, the destinies of these families ebb and flow through time.

SORRY WE MISSED YOU
SORRY WE MISSED YOU

KEN LOACH
United Kingdom, France, Belgium
Feature film

After the 2008 global financial crash, Rick is presented with an opportunity to gain back his pride as a self-employed delivery driver, but his wife pressures him to quit as their debt increases and family falls apart.

SOW (THE SEEDS WE SOW)
SOW (THE SEEDS WE SOW)

Mike ATWOOD and Edson JEAN
United States
Short film

Three distinctive entrepreneurs with contrasting methodologies unveil the infectious hope that is brewing in Puerto Rico.

ST. LOUIS SUPERMAN
ST. LOUIS SUPERMAN

Smriti MUNDHRA and Sami KHAN
United States
Short film

Bruce Franks Jr., a Ferguson activist and battle rapper who was elected to the overwhelmingly white and Republican Missouri House of Representatives, must overcome both personal trauma and political obstacles to pass a bill critical for his community.

TA MOKO - BEHIND THE TATTOOED FACE
TA MOKO - BEHIND THE TATTOOED FACE

Mick ANDREWS and David ATKINSON
New Zealand
Short film

Maori face tattoo, or tā moko, is a tradition that was nearly lost through colonization. Bernard and Sapphire are passionate about seeing Maori communities heal, unite and look to a positive future in Aotearoa/New Zealand. 

TALKING THE PICTURES
TALKING THE PICTURES

Masayuki SUO
Japan
Feature film

Pre-war Japan. Young Shuntaro has dreamed since he was a child of becoming a benshi, a live-narrator for the silent films that play in the picture houses. But the only way he has found to achieve his dream is by acting as a sham benshi in a gang scamming people out of their goods. But one day when on the run, he finds himself an opportunity to become a real benshi at a cinema. However, a rival cinema, and his old gang, threaten this new-found life...

TEETH
TEETH

Aaron SCHNOBRICH
United States
Short film

Teeth is an intimate portrait of Hawaiian grandmother Angelica’s recovery from sexual abuse suffered as a child. Her emotional and psychological healing parallels the fixing of knocked out and rotten teeth. In her words, “Three things have replaced my misery, Faith, Hope, and Aloha … and the greatest of these is Aloha”.

TEST DRIVE
TEST DRIVE

Maia GOEL
United States
Short film

Dylan, a father in his thirties, wants the purest father-son relationship with his estranged son Jack. But because he doubts his ability to be a good father, he covers up who he really is. 

THE AERONAUTS
THE AERONAUTS

Tom HARPER
United States
Feature film

In 1862, daredevil balloon pilot Amelia Wren teams up with pioneering meteorologist James Glaisher to advance human knowledge of the weather and fly higher than anyone in history, facing incredible challenges on the way.

THE AUSTRALIAN DREAM
THE AUSTRALIAN DREAM

Daniel GORDON
United Kingdom, Australia
Feature film

When Aboriginal football player Adam Goodes called out someone who called him an ape, he triggered a national debate that brought to the surface the dark heart of racism beating in contemporary Australia.

THE CLINIC
THE CLINIC


Short film

For a few hours every Saturday, a dingy old school bus in Fresno, California transforms into an epicenter of addiction treatment in a city drowning in meth and heroin.

THE FABLE
THE FABLE

Kan EGUCHI
Japan
Feature film

After a hit on a major crime boss, The Fable, a ruthless assassin, has to lay low in Osaka and lead a ‘regular’ life for one year. But can this born killer change his ways?

THE GIRL AND THE KAPPA MONSTER
THE GIRL AND THE KAPPA MONSTER

Gavin ARUCAN
United States
Short film

Hiriko, a lonely, young Japanese woman, develops a close friendship with a mythological Kappa Monster, but it takes a deeper grip on her life than she would like.

THE HAUNTED SWORDSMAN
THE HAUNTED SWORDSMAN

Kevin MCTURK
United States
Short film

In this handcrafted puppet film set in a world of demons and ghosts, a lone samurai and his odd companion, a cursed severed head, seek vengeance in a haunted world.

THE HIKITA'S ARE EXPECTING!
THE HIKITA'S ARE EXPECTING!

Toru HOSOKAWA
Japan
Feature film

Happily married Kunio and Sachi have always agreed they didn’t want children. But as all of Sachi’s friends enter motherhood, she has a change of heart. Kunio agrees, but things don’t always go as planned!

 

THE HUMAN FACTOR
THE HUMAN FACTOR

Dror MOREH
United Kingdom, Israel
Feature film

THE HUMAN FACTOR is the behind-the-scenes story from the last 25 years, of how the United States came within reach of pulling off the impossible – securing peace between Israel and its neighbors.

THE INFILTRATORS
THE INFILTRATORS

Alex RIVERA and Christina IBARRA
United States
Feature film

In 2012, a group of undocumented youths intentionally allowed themselves to get caught. Their plan: infiltrate the for-profit detention centers used by ICE to store detainees before deportation in order to fight for their freedom.

 

THE IRISHMAN
THE IRISHMAN

Martin SCORSESE

Feature film

Frank "The Irishman" Sheeran looks back on his life and the hits that defined his mob career, in particular, the part he claims to have played in the disappearance of his life-long friend, Jimmy Hoffa.

 

 

THE KILLER with John Woo
THE KILLER with John Woo

JOHN WOO
Hong Kong
Feature film

The ultimate hitman, Ah Jong, and the consummate Hong Kong police detective Li Ying become deeply intertwined in bullets and brotherhood as Jong postpones retirement to redeem his only failure—accidentally blinding nightclub singer Jennie.

THE LAST COLOR
THE LAST COLOR

Vikas KHANNA
India
Feature film

Chhoti, a nine-year-old tightrope walker and flower seller, decides to help a widow named Noor break through societal barriers of gender and class so they can experience the colors of life once more.

THE LEIS OF MY HEART
THE LEIS OF MY HEART

Dymond CABILDO
United States
Short film

An experimental love letter to the friends who help us endure even the darkest parts of our lives.

THE LODGE
THE LODGE

Veronika FRANZ and Severin FIALA
United States, United Kingdom
Feature film

It started as a winter getaway. But when a father is forced to abruptly depart for work, his children and new girlfriend get trapped by a blizzard inside the lodge with specters from the past.

THE LONG WALK
THE LONG WALK

Mattie DO
Laos, Spain, Singapore
Feature film

An old hermit walks the dusty country roads in Laos in the company of a silent ghost, who perished in a car accident years before, and is forever stuck in the limbo of the real world. When he discovers that his spectral companion can transport him back in time prior to his mother dying from tuberculosis, he trespasses into his own past to convince boy-self to forestall his mother’s suffering. 

THE MENARCHE
THE MENARCHE

I-Hui LEE
Taiwan
Short film

Shiang-Chi won't be able to go to middle school without the scholarship. If she gets to be the municipal winner, she gains the scholarship. However, she was beaten by her best friend Aijia in the school competition. 

THE PERFECT CANDIDATE
THE PERFECT CANDIDATE

Haifaa AL-MANSOUR
Saudi Arabia, Germany
Feature film

A determined young Saudi doctor’s surprise run for office in the local city elections sweeps up her family and community as they struggle to accept their town’s first female candidate. Director Haifaa Al-Mansour (WADJDA), Saudi Arabia’s first female Saudi filmmaker, returns to her homeland with a tale of one woman's quest to challenge not only the system but also herself.

THE PIT WHERE WE WERE BORN
THE PIT WHERE WE WERE BORN

Alexander BOCCHIERI
United States
Short film

A father and son reunite around the family 'imu of their Wai'anae farm, to reckon with a past that continues to color their future.

THE PRISONER OF SAKURA
THE PRISONER OF SAKURA

Masaki INOUE
Japan
Feature film

An affair between a nurse and a prisoner of war during the Russo-Japanese War is discovered by present-day film crew who become moved by the star-crossed lovers’ courage during a loveless time.

THE REPORT
THE REPORT

SCOTT Z. BURNS
United States
Feature film

Idealistic Senate staffer Daniel J. Jones is tasked with  leading an investigation into the CIA's post 9/11 Detention and Interrogation Program and uncovers shocking secrets in this gripping, dark political drama.

THE RETURN
THE RETURN

Jon FISH
United States
Short film

50 years ago, Rocky Bleier’s life changed forever. A former Captain and National Champion from the University of Notre Dame (South Bend, IN), he was in his rookie season for the Pittsburgh Steelers, when he was drafted to serve in the Vietnam War. 

THE TREE AND THE PIROGUE
THE TREE AND THE PIROGUE

Sébastien MARQUES
France
Short film

The life of a Melanesian tribe is disrupted by the progressive arrival of modernity. Iabe, a young Melanesian, finds this change very hard to cope with and gets lost between his traditions and this modernity.

THE TRUTH
THE TRUTH

Hirokazu KOREEDA
France, Japan
Feature film

Fabienne has a troubled relationship with her daughter Lumir. When Lumir and her husband return to Paris, things come to a head between mother and daughter with the publication of Fabienne’s memoir.

THE TWO POPES
THE TWO POPES

Fernando MEIRELLES
United Kingdom, Italy, United States, Argentina
Feature film

Cardinal Bergoglio requests permission to retire from the church, but he discovers a secret from embattled Pope Benedict. Confronting the apparent divide between them, these two men must find common ground for the sake of the church’s future.

THE WANDERING CHEF
THE WANDERING CHEF

Hye Ryeong PARK
South Korea
Feature film

A celebrated Korean chef and forager searches for unique ingredients. In his encounters with everyday people, he listens to their stories and prepares their meals accordingly, illustrating the deep connection between food, ritual, and memory.

THE WHISTLERS
THE WHISTLERS

Corneliu PORUMBOIU
Romania, France, Germany, Sweden
Feature film

A corrupt cop travels to the Canary Island of La Gomera to help some mobsters free a shady businessman, one who knows the whereabouts of a large amount of cash stuffed in a mattress.

THE WHITE STORM 2: DRUG LORDS
THE WHITE STORM 2: DRUG LORDS

Herman YAU
Hong Kong
Feature film

Yu Shun-tin (Andy Lau), a lowly errand boy for a powerful Hong Kong mob boss, is forced to punish his long-time friend Fung Chun-kwok (Louis Koo). Traumatized by the incident, Yu decides to turn his life around and reform, eventually becoming a rich philanthropist. Meanwhile, street-hardened Fung becomes a powerful drug lord. It seems the two old friends have diverged. But when ghosts from Yu’s past start to resurface, will their paths cross once more?

THE WILD GOOSE LAKE
THE WILD GOOSE LAKE

Yinan DIAO
China
Feature film

With a bounty on his head and every cop in Wuhan hunting for him, a career criminal flees to the lawless region around the Wild Goose Lake to evade capture. Showcasing his trademark flare and playfulness, director Diao Yinan (BLACK COAL, THIN ICE, HIFF 2014) crafts a powerful noir genre film showcasing the criminal underbelly and absurd contradictions of contemporary China. 

THE WIND PHONE
THE WIND PHONE

Kristen GERWECK
United States
Short film

A phone booth on an ocean cliffside brings together seven strangers whose seemingly different conversations are connected by one harrowing reality. Based on true events.

THE WINGED BOY
THE WINGED BOY

Zhiwei SHEN
China
Short film

it is a boy who wants to fly.

THE WITNESS
THE WITNESS

Junichi MORI
Japan, South Korea
Feature film

Police academy graduate Natsume loses both her brother and her eyesight in a horrific car accident. Three years later, Natsume uses her detective instincts and heightened senses to uncover a sinister mystery.

THEY SAY NOTHING STAYS THE SAME
THEY SAY NOTHING STAYS THE SAME

Joe ODAGIRI
Japan
Feature film

An elderly boatman ferries people between villages, but his job is threatened with the construction of a bridge. Desolate and alone, he befriends a girl he found floating mysteriously in the river.

THIS INK RUNS DEEP
THIS INK RUNS DEEP

Asia YOUNGMAN
Canada
Short film

All across Canada, Indigenous artists are reawakening both traditional and contemporary tattoo practices to reclaim their cultures and identities.

THREE NOBUNAGAS
THREE NOBUNAGAS

Kei WATANABE
Japan
Feature film

The warlord Nobunaga tries to unify Japan, much to the chagrin of warrior Kanbara. After Kanbara and his men capture different members of the Nobunaga clan, they find themselves unravelling the mystery of which is the true warlord.

TO EACH YOUR SARAH
TO EACH YOUR SARAH

Kim DEOK-GEUN
South Korea
Short film

Having been discouraged by her life in Seoul, 51-year old woman ‘Jung-ja’ returns to her hometown. There she starts working at a slaughterhouse under the alias ‘Sarah’ to hide her miserable plight from other people… And then, she meets someone who calls her ‘Jung-ja’.

TO LIVE TO SING
TO LIVE TO SING

Johnny MA
China
Feature film

Zhao Li is the manager of a small Sichuan Opera troupe, living and performing together in a rundown theatre located in the outskirts of Chengdu. When she receives the notice of demolition for the theatre, Zhao Li hides the news from everyone else, fearing that this could spell the end of her opera troupe: besides demolition, it’s the life of her “family” that is at stake. As she struggles to search for a new theatre for them to both sing and live in, the opera and its fantastic characters slowly begin to seep into her real world...

TOKYO HULA
TOKYO HULA

Lisette Marie FLANARY
United States
Feature film

More individuals are learning how to dance hula in Japan than in its homeland, creating a multi-million dollar industry that questions the commodification of Hawaiian sacred culture.

TORA-SAN, MY UNCLE
TORA-SAN, MY UNCLE

Yoji YAMADA
Japan
Feature film

Tora-san returns home to visit his sister and her family in Tokyo. His nephew, Mitsuo, is depressed because he has failed his university entrance examination, and also because Izumi, a young girl he is in love with, has transferred to a school in Saga, Kyushu. Mitsuo leaves home and finds her. Digitally remastered, this 42nd entry in the TORA-SAN film series ties in to the main story of TORA-SAN: WISH YOU WERE HERE, also screening at HIFF. 

TORA-SAN, WISH YOU WERE HERE
TORA-SAN, WISH YOU WERE HERE

Yoji YAMADA
Japan
Feature film

Celebrate the 50th anniversary of the longest running Japanese film series of all time, Yoji Yamada returns with a 49th entry that continues the story of the characters who were left with indelible impressions by Tora-san over the years.

TURTLE ODYSSEY
TURTLE ODYSSEY

Caspar MAZZOTTI and Paul PHELAN
Australia
Feature film

Born on the edges of a tropical beach, a green sea turtle named Bunji explores life in the deep ocean. Her journey is wrought with hungry seagulls, menacing sharks, and the effects of pollution. Narrated by Russell Crowe, the film presents a decadent visual display of the achingly beautiful sea which renders each frame heavenly but dangerous. Turtle Odyssey tells a saccharine story that elevates the significance of all creatures whether beastly, beautiful or both.

TWO OF A KIND
TWO OF A KIND

United States
Short film

Childhood friends Riley and Sam slowly realize their feelings for each other in a classic friends-to-lovers romance.

UNKEPT
UNKEPT

Michael P. VIDLER
Canada
Short film

A young boy makes a life-changing decision despite his mother’s expectations. A compelling story of family, faith and belonging.

UNTRUE
UNTRUE

Sigrid ANDREA BERNARDO
Philippines
Feature film

Living alone in the country of Georgia, Filipina migrant worker Mara falls in love with a fellow countryman named Joachim. Soon however, Joachim starts claiming to hear peculiar sounds and see strange visions. Although she begins to fear him, Mara is even more scared of being all alone in a foreign land, and decides to stay. From Joachim’s point of view, however, it seems like Mara is the one going insane. Is someone being UNTRUE? Or is something more malevolent going on?

UPROOT
UPROOT

Kalilinoe DETWILER
United States
Short film

Ami stands in front of her mothers grave and recounts her mother’s cries, struggles, and abuse at the hands of her father. Uproot is a short animated art film that recounts a mother’s mortality and encourages survivors of tragedies to find the closure and courage to move forward.

VAI
VAI

New Zealand
Feature film

A sequel to WARU, this new omnibus showcases female resilience and the lifetime of one woman, Vai. Highlighting a spectrum of Pacific Islander cultures, the eight chapters of VAI seamlessly flow in a poetic cinematic rhythm.

VERTIGO
VERTIGO

Gye-soo JEON
South Korea
Feature film

A contract office worker who works in a tall tower in Seoul suffers from vertigo. As her affair with her boss unravels, her mental stability breaks down as well.

VOICES OF THE FOREST
VOICES OF THE FOREST

Bradley TANGONAN
United States
Short film

Kumu Kaui Kanka'ole leads her hālau into the forest to prepare for a sunrise hula for a sacred hill called Ka'uiki.

VORTEX
VORTEX

Jianyu GAN
China
Feature film

Liu has a gambling problem. Having exhausted all of his funds, and the money he’s borrowed from relatives, he is now deep in debt to gambling operators and loan sharks. With no way out of this jam, he is forced into the criminal underbelly to pay off his debt. But what seems a simple job, to steal a car and take it to the chop shop, quickly becomes complicated when a young girl is found in the trunk...

WAVES
WAVES

Trey Edward SHULTS
United States
Feature film

Set against the vibrant landscape of South Florida, and featuring an astonishing ensemble of award-winning actors and breakouts alike, WAVES traces the epic emotional journey of a suburban African American family—led by a well-intentioned but domineering father—as they navigate love, forgiveness and coming together in the aftermath of a loss. From acclaimed director Trey Edward Shults, WAVES is a heartrending story about the universal capacity for compassion and growth even in the darkest of times.

WE ARE THE RADICAL MONARCHS
WE ARE THE RADICAL MONARCHS

Linda GOLDSTEIN KNOWLTON
United States
Feature film

A group of young women - the Radical Monarchs - chant into megaphones and march with fists clenched high. Decorated in “Radical Beauty” badges, these women of color attempt to preserve justice in all avenues of society.

WEATHERING WITH YOU
WEATHERING WITH YOU

Makoto SHINKAI
Japan
Feature film

Makoto Shinkai’s follow up to YOUR NAME features a young boy at his limits whose luck changes when he meets a girl with the mysterious ability to stop the rain and clear the sky.

WELL GROOMED
WELL GROOMED

Rebecca STERN
United States
Feature film

Enter the world of creative dog grooming, where owners compete to turn their poodles into bizarre and colourful works of art. Each year, dog groomers from across America travel to the country’s biggest contest in Hershey, Pennsylvania, with bags full of doggy hair dye and rhinestones to prove their talent to a select group of judges. Heartwarming, inspirational and surprisingly poignant, WELL GROOMED takes a compassionate look at the eccentric artists behind the international craze and the four legged friends who love them.

WHEN I AM SEVEN
WHEN I AM SEVEN

Zheng LIU

Short film

In early 90’s.For saving time ,a Chinese mother Jianqiu who served in a state owned factory always took her son KEKE to the factory’s women bathroom, especially when she has to work in the night .KEKE was so upset about this, Jianqiu promised that when KEKE is seven years old, he can take shower by himself at home, KEKE was waiting.

WHEN TOMATOES MET WAGNER
WHEN TOMATOES MET WAGNER

Marianna ECONOMOU
Greece
Feature film

Due to the economic crisis, a tiny Greek farming village has rapidly declined to just 33 inhabitants. Christos, an enterprising farmer, decides to convert his lands to grow heirloom tomatoes with the help of his neighbor Alexandros, and a handful of elderly women, while also playing the epic operas of Wagner to said tomatoes. The result is a humorous and uplifting story of two ingenious Greek cousins and five village grannies, who tackle the world market with their organic tomatoes.

WILD IMMERSION
WILD IMMERSION

Adrien MOISSON and Raphaël AUPY
France, United Kingdom
VR project

Come face-to-face with some of the world's most extraordinary places and creatures from across the world in this three-part VR series supported by Jane Goodall.

WITHER
WITHER

Joshua CO

Short film

Elle, a young girl accompanied by her live-in-maid, awaits the return of her mother on her ninth birthday.

WORDS CAN'T GO THERE
WORDS CAN'T GO THERE

David NEPTUNE
United States, Japan
Feature film

David Neptune explores why his father John, a California-based surfer, first moved to Hawai’i then Japan to become a renowned shakuhachi flute master. This documentary is a 40-year journey of cross-cultural pollination and the sacrifices made to innovate a rare art form.

WUSHU ORPHAN
WUSHU ORPHAN

Huang HUANG
China
Feature film

In the 90s, Lu Youhong, a greenhorn teacher, lands his first job at a Wushu academy in remote inland China. As one of the most prestigious martial arts schools in the country, the students are expected to follow a strict curriculum. This seems to work fine for everyone, except a shy, introverted pupil named Zhang Cuishan. Can both teacher and student learn to conform to such traditional standards? Or can they pave their own path?

YELLOW ROSE
YELLOW ROSE

Diane PARAGAS
United States
Feature film

An undocumented Filipina dreams of leaving her Texas town to pursue country music, but, this changes when her mom is suddenly captured by ICE agents. Terrified, she flees to Austin and embarks on a musical journey of self-discovery.

YOUR SPIRITUAL TEMPLE SUCKS
YOUR SPIRITUAL TEMPLE SUCKS

John HSU
Taiwan
VR project

Mr. Chang arrives at his “spiritual temple” - a mental space in Taoism that represents one’s destiny - but finds that it’s a mess. Struggling to solve his marital and financial problems, Chang summons his guardian (the disappointing Thunder God) to get his life back into order -- with disastrous consequences.

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