HIFF announces fall film lineup

Sep. 19, 2012 | 0 Comments
The Korean box office hit "The Thieves" will be the closing night film at this year's Hawaii International Film Festival. (Courtesy photo)

The Korean box office hit "The Thieves" will be the closing night film at this year's Hawaii International Film Festival. (Courtesy photo)

HONOLULU PULSE STAFF / honolulupulse@staradvertiser.com

The Hawaii International Film Festival recently announced its schedule for its upcoming fall event October 11-21 at the Dole Cannery multiplex. Tickets go on sale Monday, Sept. 24.

This year’s opening night film on Thursday, Oct. 11, is “The Sapphires,” based on the true, inspirational story that follows the lives of four singing aboriginal sisters who are repackaged as Australia’s answer to the Supremes and later entertain American troops during the Vietnam war.

HIFF’s centerpiece film on Monday, Oct. 15, will be “Silver Linings Playbook,” starring Bradley Cooper, Jennifer Lawrence, Robert De Niro and Chris Tucker. After a stint in a mental institution, a former teacher moves back in with his parents and tries to reconcile with his ex-wife. But things get more challenging when he starts a relationship with a young woman with problems of her own.

The South Korean box office hit “The Thieves” will be the closing night film on Sunday, Oct. 21. Dong-hoon Choi’s high concept genre film is described as a cool, fun and sexy pan-Asian riff on the heist film.

Other noteworthy films in this year’s festival include “Don’t Stop Believin’: Everyman’s Journey,” a documentary about Arnel Pineda, who went from YouTube sensation to the frontman of the classic rock band Journey; “Eden,” a harrowing drama starring Jamie Chung; popular YouTube personality Kevin Wu’s (aka KevJumba) debut feature “Hang Loose,” shot in Hawaii; the documentary “Jake Shimabukuro: Life on Four Strings;” “Sione’s 2: Unfinished Business,” a sequel to the popular “Samoan Wedding;” and a showcase of legendary animator Hayao Miyazaki’s films.

Ticket prices will be $12 general admission; $10 for seniors, military, students and children; $8 for HIFF Ohana members. Tickets can be purchased starting Sept. 24 either online at hiff.org or in person at the guest services desk at the Dole Cannery multiplex.
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