HIFF Selects
For over 40 years, HIFF has presented the best in international cinema to Hawai‘i cineastes. Join HIFF Selects and have the best international and independent films delivered directly to you for a true film festival experience year-round.
HIFF SELECTS is a subscription program featuring a carefully curated new film each month, along with exclusive bonus features. Films will be offered monthly on HIFF’s streaming platform at watch.hiff.org

STREAMING ONLY AVAILABLE IN THE U.S.

SUBSCRIBERS RECEIVE:

Monthly Subscription: $9.99 a month or $7.99 for HIFF ‘Ohana / Annual Subscription: $90 for one year HIFF Selects Membership*
  • An award-winning feature film each month streaming exclusively for HIFF Select subscribers
  • Curated films may come with special bonus “Why We Selected” explanation, Director’s Statement, or virtual Q&A
  • Exclusive club emails & gift offers only available to our subscribers
  • Subscribers are eligible for special discounts and deals
HIFF SELECTS

MAY HIFF SELECTS FILM + Q&A

SLALOM - HIFF SELECTS MAY

SLALOM

Director: Charlène Favier
Year: 2020
Country: France
Language: 
French with English Subtitles
Genre: Drama, Thriller
Running Time: 92 Minutes

Synopsis: 15 year-old Lyz, a high school student in the French Alps, has been accepted to a highly selective ski club whose aim is to train future professional athletes. Taking a chance on his new recruit, Fred, ex-champion turned coach, decides to make Lyz his shining star regardless of her lack of experience. Under his influence, Lyz will have to endure more than the physical and emotional pressure of the training. Will Lyz’s determination help her escape his grip?

Plus: Q&A with Director, Charlène Favier

Subscribers will have access to an exclusive pre-recorded Q&A with SLALOM Director, CHARLÈNE FAVIER, Moderated by HIFF Programming Director, Anna Page.

HIFF PROGRAMMER'S NOTE

Anna Page Headshot
HIFF Director of Programming, Anna Page

Charlène Favier’s stunning debut feature SLALOM is a taut, gripping emotional drama from beginning to end. Starring Jérémie Renier in one of the most complex and striking performances of his career, and rising star Noée Abita in the lead, the film is at once both a searing indictment of the pressures of elite competitive sport and an unflinching portrait of sexual predation.

Favier captures with subtlety and nuance the turbulent emotional world of the talented young Lyz (Abita), a 15-year-old with her sights set on becoming a ski champion living on her own at an elite ski school. Through this lens, it is completely understandable when she becomes enamored with handsome former ski champion and star instructor Fred (Renier). In Fred, Favier reveals a man who is obsessive and broken over the loss of his own career. He sees Lyz as the champion he could have been and initiates an extreme training regimen. But as Lyz begins to win competitions, and Fred increasingly controls her daily life, is he grooming her to be his champion or something else?

Featuring starkly beautiful cinematography from DP Yann Maritaud, the film immerses us in Lyz’s world, where every glance, every gesture is meaningful. In a #metoo era where revelations of abuse in the sports world have become all too frequent, SLALOM feels both of the moment and timeless. HIFF is honored to feature this Cannes 2020 film as part of our HIFF Selects series.

BONUS HIFF SELECTS FILM FOR MEMBERS - AVAILABLE MAY 7 - 23

ThePaperTigers-Official poster

THE PAPER TIGERS

Director: Bao Tran
Year: 2020
Country: United States
Language: 
English
Genre: Action, Comedy
Running Time: 108 Minutes

Synopsis: Three childhood Kung Fu prodigies have grown into washed-up, middle-aged men –now one kick away from pulling their hamstrings. But when their master is murdered, they must juggle their dead-end jobs, dad duties, and overcome old grudges to avenge his death.

VIRTUAL CINEMA RELEASE: Available from May 7th – 23rd 

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