Palace screen­ing fes­ti­val en­tries

Hawai­ian-cen­tered films among those be­ing shown in Hilo

Hawaii Tribune Herald - - COMMUNITY - For de­tails about each movie and show­times, visit hilopalace.com.

The Palace Theater re­opened Novem­ber 1998 af­ter ex­ten­sive ren­o­va­tions to present the Hilo pub­lic with the first Hawaii In­ter­na­tional Film Fes­ti­val. This year, the 37th an­nual Hawaii In­ter­na­tional Film Fes­ti­val pre­sented by Haleku­lani re­turns for its 19th con­sec­u­tive year.

Filled with in­sight and dis­cov­ery, HIFF is ded­i­cated to ad­vanc­ing un­der­stand­ing and cul­tural ex­change among the peo­ples of Asia, the Pa­cific and North Amer­ica by pre­sent­ing films from around the world. Each year, more than 50,000 at­ten­dees through­out Hawaii ex­pe­ri­ence the sounds and images of film­mak­ing from ap­prox­i­mately 45 coun­tries.

“This cul­tural ex­change of ideas, pre­sented through the pow­er­ful medium of film, raises the aware­ness of our sim­i­lar­i­ties and dif­fer­ences alike,” said Beckie Stoc­chetti, HIFF’s new ex­ec­u­tive di­rec­tor.

With Stoc­chetti at the helm, HIFF has taken on its first ever competition sec­tion for films made in Hawaii. This year, three Hawai­ian-cen­tered films along with an af­ter­noon of Hawai­ian short films are on the HIFF Hilo sched­ule.

In ad­di­tion, this year’s HIFF lineup will fea­ture a story about in­ter­na­tional tea afi­cionado Jeff Fuchs. Fuchs will be present for the 6 p.m. Satur­day show­ing to in­tro­duce the film and lead a Q-and-A ses­sion af­ter.

Ja­panese film lovers will be happy to see three Ja­pane­se­made films on the list this year for the Palace Theater screen­ings, in­clud­ing one anime. Other in­ter­na­tional fa­vorites in­clude the hu­mor­ous film “I Can Speak” from South Korea. There are a to­tal of 10 films plus eight short made-in-Hawaii films.

Palace nor­mal ticket prices ap­ply: $8 reg­u­lar ad­mis­sion or $7 for stu­dents and se­niors. The HIFF pass al­lows en­try to every movie for only $35.

“This has be­come very pop­u­lar the past cou­ple of years. Even if you don’t see every sin­gle film, this is quite a deal,” says Mor­gen Bahurin­sky, Palace ex­ec­u­tive di­rec­tor.

“We are proud to con­tinue bring­ing this amaz­ing film fes­ti­val to our pa­trons every year,” Bahurin­sky said. “We ex­pect sev­eral speak­ers may ar­rive to of­fer ad­di­tional in­sight into the films.”

To or­der tick­ets with a credit card by phone, call 934-7010 or stop by the box of­fice from 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Mon­day through Fri­day.

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