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HIFF Spring Showcase highlights U.S., Hawaii premieres

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“Neko Atsume” (“Kitty Collector”), a Japanese live-action comedy inspired by a smartphone app, will get its international premiere at the Hawaii International Film Festival’s Spring Showcase, which runs from March 31 through April 9.

Other notable screenings include the North American premiere of macabre South Korean thriller “Bluebeard” and the U.S. premiere of the New Zealand comedy “Gary of the Pacific.”

Details on the 32 films scheduled for the Spring Showcase were released to the Star-Advertiser today. The Spring Showcase includes multiple Hawaii premieres, including the U.S.-produced environmental documentary “Chasing Coral” and the Canadian/Spanish-produced comedy “Colossal,” starring Anne Hathaway and Jason Sudeikis.

Eight of the films on the schedule come to HIFF direct from the Sundance Festival. These includeThai/Singapore-produced “Pop Aye,” which follows a disenchanted architect and a long-lost elephant on a journey from Bangkok to rural Thailand; and the award-winning Chinese documentary “Plastic China,” which depicts a community surrounded by mountains of plastic waste collected from Asia, Europe and the U.S.

Films will be screened at the Regal Dole Cannery Stadium 18.

Individual tickets for the festival will go on sale March 17 at hiff.org, in person at the HIFF Box Office inside Dole Cannery, 680 Iwilei Road, Suite 100, or by phone at 447-0577. Flash passes ($250/$200 members), which provide access to all films, and Platinum passes ($500/$450 members), which include reserved seats, priority access and invitations to opening and closing parties, are on sale now at hiff.org/membership.

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