An array of possible contenders come awards season make up the biggest entries on the lineup of the 30th annual Hawaii International Film Festival (HIFF), which takes place from October 14 – 24. This season will feature a massive slate of 214 films from 40 different countries, with all screenings being held at the Regal Dole Cannery Stadium 18 Cinemas.
Hawaii premieres include Tony Goldwyn’s “Conviction,” starring Hilary Swank and Sam Rockwell, Derek Cianfrance’s fest darling “Blue Valentine,” “The Actresses,” from South Korean director J-youg E., and Patrick Hughes’ Australian thriller “Red Hill” starring “True Blood”‘s Ryan Kwanten.
The latest work from directors Qiankuan Li and Gaiyun Xiao, “The Star and the Sea,” will meanwhile have its world premiere at the festival. The husband and wife directing team will be on hand not only to unveil their film, but to pick up a Career Achievement Award on behalf of HIFF. “Sea” is a portrait of renowned Chinese composer Xian Xinghai, from his impoverished childhood, to the blossoming of his talent in Singapore. Li and Xiao’s past collaborations include “The Birth of New China,” and the groundbreaking TV series “The Korean War.”
For this year’s full lineup, visit HIFF’s official site.