Hawaii Lineup Set, "Ice Storm" To Open
by Mark Rabinowitz
The Hawaii International Film Festival’s lineup is set, and Ang Lee’s
critically acclaimed “The Ice Storm” is set to open the event on November
7th, with Lee scheduled to attend. Over the next two weeks, the fest will
screen over 100 films from 22 countries from around the pacific rim,
including China, Australia, New Zealand, the United States, Canada, India,
Iran, Korea, Japan, the Philippines, Malaysia, Singapore, Thailand Vietnam.
The fest is ripe with fine indie selections, including New York Film
Festival selections “The Sweet Hereafter“by Atom Egoyan and Wong Kar-Wai’s
“Happy Together“, and Cannes entrant “Welcome To Sarajevo“, by Michael
Winterbottom. Special events at the fest include director Zhang Yimou
presenting his new film, “Keep Cool“, which was banned from Cannes by the
Chinese government; Roger Ebert taking an audience through a step-by-step
journey through Akira Kurosawa’s classic, “Ikiru“; and tributes to helmers
Ang Lee and Arthur Dong, featuring retrospectives of their work.
Ten documentary and feature films will vie for the Golden Maile Awards, for
the documentary and feature which best promote cultural understanding. Jury
include: Kim Dong-ho (Korea), President of the Pusan International Film
Festival; Malti Sahai (India), Directorate of Film Festivals; film critic
Peter Rainer (USA); filmmaker Edward Yang (Taiwan) and actress Toni
Collette (“Muriel’s Wedding“-Australia). The nominated feature films are:
“Hacks“(USA); “The Long Journey“(Vietnam); “12 Storeys” (Singapore); “Kiss Or Kill” (Australia) and “My Secret Cache” (Japan). The nominated documentaries
are: “Mao’s New Suit” (Australia); “Homeless” (Korea/Poland); “Homesick Eyes“
(Taiwan); “Isamu Noguchi: Stones And Paper” (USA) and “Shot Heard ‘Round The World” (USA).
The first week of the fest will take place in Honolulu, while hopping from
island to island on Kauai, Maui, Lanai, Molokai, and the Big Island for the
second week. Other films of note include: “The Opium War“, China’s official
film version of the events leading up to the 1842 handover of Hong Kong to
the British; Peter Chan’s “Comrades, Almost A Love Story“; October Films’
“Kiss Or Kill“, starring Matt Day and Frances O’Connor (both from “Love And Other Catastrophes“); and US entrant 1999 by Nick Davis.
[More information on the Hawaii International Film Festival can be found on
their website @ “www.hiff.org“.]