HIFF 37 Will Take Moviegoers to 45 Countries Through 150-Plus Films
Karleen C. Chinen
Attention, film lovers! Take out your calendars and start plotting your movie viewing schedule for the upcoming Hawaii International Film Festival, Presented by Halekulani. This year’s festival, the 37th, opens Thursday evening, Nov. 2, and will feature approximately 160 films from over 45 countries. Most of the films will be shown at the Regal Dole Cannery Stadium 18 in Iwilei. Screenings are also planned for the Hilo Palace Theater on Hawai‘i island and Waimea Theater on Kaua‘i following the O‘ahu run.
HIFF 37 will open with Academy Award-nominated director Hiromasa Yonebayashi’s anime treasure, “Mary and the Witch’s Flower.” The film is based on Mary Stewart’s 1971 children’s book, “The Little Broomstick,” about a young girl named Mary. Yonebayashi (“When Marnie was There,” “The Secret World of Arrietty”) is an alumnus of Japan’s famed Studio Ghibli animation studio.