Nov 12

NEW PERSPECTIVES IN FILMMAKING

As part of 2022’s New American Perspective’s program presented in partnership with the Vilcek Foundation, HIFF will present a FREE panel discussion with filmmakers spotlighted in this year’s program: Deborah Chow, Laurent Barthelemy, Ellie Foumbi, Nardeep Khurmi, and Rena Owen. The filmmakers will discuss their careers, their works, and their experiences as foreign-born artists. Panelists: …

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THROUGH THE DOGGY DOOR

THROUGH THE DOGGY DOOR revolves around the story of Sheldon Paishon, a talented surfer who was born and raised on the rugged shores of Oahu’s Westside. Far from an idyllic Hawaiian paradise, the community has been ravaged by drugs, poverty and the long reverberations of colonialism. At the age of 12, Sheldon’s parents lost their …

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THE LAST 10 YEARS

From director Michihito Fujii comes one of the biggest Japanese box office hits of the year. The Sakura cherry blossom seasons mark each of the 10 years of life left to Matsuri (Nana Komatsu), a promising writer diagnosed at age 20 with an incurable lung disorder. She vows to live a stoically solo life, though …

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SWEET AS

With problems on the home front, 16-year-old Murra (Shantae Barnes-Cowan) is on the verge of lashing out. That is, until her policeman uncle averts her self-destructive behavior with a lifeline: a “photo-safari for at-risk kids” in Pilbara Country in Northwest Australia. Joined by three other teens – cantankerous Kylie, highly strung Sean, happy-go-lucky Elvis – …

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SHIN ULTRAMAN

One of Japan’s most revered tokusatsu series of all time gets a shiny reimagining from creative titans Hideaki Anno (EVANGELION) and Shinji Higuchi (ATTACK ON TITAN) with SHIN ULTRAMAN. With updated special effects and a bigger budget, headlined by Japan’s biggest stars Takumi Saitoh (HIFF 2018 Maverick Award honoree), Masami Nagasawa, and Hidetoshi Nishijima (DRIVE …

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PROJECT WOLF HUNTING

When the Korean police decide to transport an assortment of Korea’s most notorious criminals back from the Philippines via cargo ship (a la CON AIR, but on a boat!), the potential for things to go very wrong is palpable. And it is not long before trouble is afoot. The ultraviolent Jong-du (Seo In-guk) has his …

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PLAN 75

Chie Hayakawa’s PLAN 75, which had its world premiere at Cannes, is a beautifully humanist tale that inventively uses Japan’s aging population crisis as a conceit for a dystopian tale that looks at the value of life. Legislation has passed to fix Japan’s “aging problem;” Anyone over the age of seventy-five can apply for government-funded …

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PIANO DREAMS

There are currently 40 million piano students in China. With many practicing up to ten hours a day, “piano-mania” has truly gripped the nation. Shanghai Conservatory is the nation’s most prestigious music academy…and there are only 30 spots for budding Lang Langs. PIANO DREAMS follows three young hopefuls and their dedicated families–eight year-old Xia Zidi …

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PACIFIC SHOWCASE SHORTS

Plays With: RUARANGI, A JOURNEY HOME, IDODO, MANU MASTERS, MOHO, SOLI BULA, SUNNIES, TEHURA, THE MACHINE, THE POLITICS OF TOHEROA SOUP, THE VOYAGER’S LEGACY,

OUR FATHER, THE DEVIL

“We all have a past, Marie, but it doesn’t define us.” OUR FATHER, THE DEVIL is a riveting psychological thriller that follows Marie (Babetida Sadajo), an African refugee who has found a pleasant life for herself in a small mountain town, nestled in southern France. Her idyllic yet humble existence is thrown into turmoil, however, …

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