Hawaiian Fest Celebrate International Cinema
The Hawaii International Film Festival wrapped last week, naming the
Singapore film “12 Storeys“, by Eric Khoo, Best Feature Film. The film was an
official selection at Cannes earlier this year. “Storeys” follows the lives
of three families who all live in the same crowded housing complex. The
Best Documentary prize went to “Homesick Eyes” from Taiwan. Hsu Hsiao-Mings’s
film is about the influx of South Asians from Thailand and the Philippines
entering Taiwan’s workforce. These immigrant laborers now make up 2.5
percent of Taiwan’s population.
The jury was as international as the films in competition; including Peter
Ranier, of Los Angeles Times, Actor Tonii Colette, Kim Dong-ho, director of
The Pusan International Film Festival, Malti Sahai, director of the
Directorate of Film Festivals for the Indian Government, and author Paul
Other awards included a Special Jury Award to Naomi Nishida for her
performance in “My Secret Cache“, and cinematographer John Seale (“Beyond Rangoon“, “The English Patient“) for Excellence in Cinematography.
[A wrap up from the Hawaii international Film Festival is coming soon