HIFF screens 200-plus films at Dole Cannery for 2019 fest
HIFF will screen 205 films from 31 countries during this year’s festival, today through Nov. 17.
Mahalo for reading the Honolulu Star-Advertiser!
You're reading a premium story. Read the full story with our Print & Digital Subscription.
Already a subscriber? Log in now to continue reading this story.
Themes this year include spotlighting new international directors and talent, renewed dedication to youth programs, a new commitment to women in film, and showcasing films by immigrant filmmakers. All screenings at Regal Dole Cannery Theatres, Thursday through Nov. 17. Info: $12-$14, hiff.org
>> “Jojo Rabbit”: Maori filmmaker Taika Waititi, acclaimed for directing “Thor: Ragnarok,” directed and stars as Adolf Hitler in thos satirical World War II-era comedy,which opens the festival. 7 p.m. today, .
>> “The Australian Dream”: The award-winning documentary by Australian journalist and screenwriter Stan Grant examines racism in contemporary Australia. Grant will be at the Honolulu screenings, 8 p.m. Saturday and 1:45 p.m. Sunday.
>> “The Irishman”: Martin Scorsese’s film about a mob killer looking back at his life and his greatest “hits” used cutting-edge technology to “de-age” stars Robert DeNiro and Al Pacino. 7 p.m. Saturday.
>> “Parasite”: Korean director Bong Joon Ho’s black comedy/thriller starts with a down-on-its-luck family scheming its way into the lives of a wealthy family. “Parasite” won the Palme d’Or at the 2019 Cannes Film Festival. Screens at 8 p.m. Sunday.
>> “Just Mercy”: This year’s HIFF’s Centerpiece Presentation, from Maui-raised director Destin Daniel Cretton. Starring Michael B. Jordan (“Creed”) and Jaime Foxx (“Ray”); it’s based on the true story of Harvard-educated lawyer Bryan Stevenson (Jordan), who goes to Alabama to defend the disenfranchised — including Walter McMillian (Foxx), who is sentenced to death despite exonerating evidence. 8 p.m. Wednesday
>> 39th Annual HIFF Award Gala: Star power gathers as famed director John Woo (“Windtalkers”) receives the Lifetime Achievement Award; Elizabeth Moss (“Handmaid’s Tale,” “Mad Men”) receives the Career Achievement Award; Randall Park (“Always Be My Maybe”) receives the Maverick Award; and screenwriter Stan Grant receives the Pacific Islanders in Communication Trailblazer Award. 7 p.m. Nov. 15, Halekulani hotel. Tickets are $500.
>> Director John Woo: This year’s “Spotlight on Hong Kong” honoree, celebrates the 30th anniversary of one of his most popular films, “The Killer.” Woo will attend HIFF’s screening of his film, 8 p.m. Nov. 16
>> “Weathering With You”: HIFF’s Closing Night Presentation is a story of young love bridged by fantastical and cosmic means. It’s the highly anticipated followup to Japanese manga artist Makoto Shinkai’s 2016 hit, “Your Name,” which HIFF screened in 2017. 7 p.m. Nov. 17