79 films/events

Drama

100TH BIRTHDAY WISH
小孩不在家
Taiwan ROC 2016 | 20 min.
(Dis)Connection Shorts | Drama, Family Friendly, Social Issues

Today is the 100th birthday of Granny, so the family members decide to hold a grand birthday party for her. They seal the streets to host banquet, invite lion dance performances and it is a very...

Tue, Nov 07 - 7:45PM  Dole Cannery D

A CIAMBRA
Italy 2017 | 118 min.
European Showcase | Coming of Age, Crime, Drama

In a small Romani community in Calabria, Pio Amato is desperate to grow up fast. At 14, he is one of the few to slide between the region’s factions - the Italians, the African refugees and his...

Sat, Nov 04 - 7:45PM  Dole Cannery C

Mon, Nov 06 - 5:30PM  Dole Cannery C

ALASKA IS A DRAG
United States 2017 | 90 min.
American Indies | Drama, LGBT, Magical Realism

Leo, an aspiring drag superstar, is stuck working in a fish cannery in Alaska, trapped in the monotony of fist fights and fish guts. Out of necessity, Leo learned to fight back, which catches the...

Fri, Nov 03 - 8:30PM  Dole Cannery E

Mon, Nov 06 - 3:30PM  Dole Cannery D

ALONE TOGETHER
가까이
South Korea 2017 | 28 min.
Bad Habits Die Hard Shorts | Drama

Ju-won works as a personal assistance for people with disabilities. Kyung-min, Ju-won’s visually impaired employer of over a year, is beyond grateful for Ju-won’s service. But Ju-won...

Wed, Nov 08 - 5:30PM  Dole Cannery E

BACK TO BURGUNDY
Ce qui nous lie
France 2017 | 113 min.
Eat. Drink. Film. | Drama, Family, Food

Jean is the prodigal son returning to his family’s winery, when his father falls terminally ill. Back with his estranged siblings, Juliette and Jérémie, they bicker and have their...

Thu, Nov 02 - 7:00PM  Dole Cannery H

Sat, Nov 04 - 1:15PM  Dole Cannery D

BAD GENIUS
ฉลาดเกมส์โกง
Thailand 2017 | 130 min.
Southeast Asian Showcase | Coming of Age, Drama, Thriller

Lynn is a genius. A straight-A student, she wins a scholarship to a prestigious high school. But when she discovers that her family can’t afford the school’s hidden fees, she takes...

Sat, Nov 04 - 6:00PM  Dole Cannery H

Thu, Nov 09 - 6:00PM  Dole Cannery E

THE BALLAD OF LEFTY BROWN
United States 2017 | 111 min.
Gala Presentations | Drama, Self-discovery, Western

Lefty Brown (Bill Pullman) is a 63 year old sidekick. Loyal, crotchety and rarely taken seriously, he’s ridden with Western legend Eddie Johnson for his entire adult life. When Johnson is...

Sat, Nov 11 - 6:30PM  Dole Cannery C

Sun, Nov 12 - 4:30PM  Dole Cannery C

A BEAUTIFUL STAR
美しい星
Japan 2017 | 127 min.
Spotlight on Japan | Black Comedy, Drama, Science Fiction

Weatherman Juichiro (Lily Franky) seems to have it all, a great family, job, and even a little love on the side. But after a strange encounter one night, he suddenly becomes convinced that he is an...

Fri, Nov 03 - 9:00PM  Dole Cannery H

Sat, Nov 04 - 3:45PM  Dole Cannery D

BEFORE WE VANISH
散歩する侵略者
Japan 2017 | 129 min.
Fantastic Asia | Drama, Mystery, Science Fiction

Narumi’s husband isn’t the man he used to be. After going missing for several days, Shinji (Ryuhei Matsuda) can’t seem to recall anything about his life. Unbeknownst to Narumi,...

Fri, Nov 03 - 8:45PM  Dole Cannery A

Mon, Nov 06 - 8:30PM  Dole Cannery H

BIRDS WITHOUT NAMES
彼女がその名を知らない鳥たち
Japan 2016 | 123 min.
Spotlight on Japan | Crime, Drama, Romance

Towako (Yu Aoi) can’t seem to take care of herself. Childlike and selfish, she lives with an older man named Junji who takes care of her every need while she stays at home all day. Though she...

Fri, Nov 03 - 6:30PM  Dole Cannery H

Wed, Nov 08 - 8:15PM  Dole Cannery H

Thu, Nov 09 - 5:30PM  Dole Cannery C

BORG/MCENROE
Denmark, Finland, Sweden 2017 | 107 min.
Gala Presentations | Biography, Drama, Sport

BORG/MCENROE tells the story of the epic rivalry between Swedish tennis legend Björn Borg (Sverrir Gudnason) and his greatest adversary, the brash American John McEnroe (Shia LaBeouf), which...

Thu, Nov 09 - 8:30PM  Dole Cannery A

BPM (BEATS PER MINUTE)
120 battements par minute
France 2017 | 144 min.
European Showcase | Drama, History, LGBT, Social Issues

It’s the early 1990s — With AIDS having already claimed countless lives for nearly ten years, Act up-Paris activists multiply actions to fight general indifference. Nathan, a newcomer to...

Sun, Nov 05 - 5:30PM  Dole Cannery E

Mon, Nov 06 - 7:30PM  Dole Cannery E

BREATH
Australia 2017 | 115 min.
Centerpiece Film | Coming of Age, Drama, Surf

Based on the acclaimed novel by Australian author Tim Winton, the feature directorial debut of actor Simon Baker is a powerful story in which the immense force of the open sea is matched by the tidal...

Wed, Nov 08 - 8:00PM  Dole Cannery B

Sat, Nov 11 - 1:00PM  Dole Cannery A

CALL ME BY YOUR NAME
Brazil, France, Italy, United States 2017 | 132 min.
Gala Presentations | Coming of Age, Drama, LGBT, Romance

It's the summer of 1983, and precocious 17-year-old Elio Perlman is spending the days with his family at their 17th-century villa in Lombardy, Italy. He soon meets Oliver (Armie Hammer), a...

Thu, Nov 02 - 6:00PM  Dole Cannery D

CLOSE-KNIT
彼らが本気で編むときは
Japan 2017 | 127 min.
Spotlight on Japan | Drama, Family, LGBT

When 11-year-old Tomo’s irresponsible single mother leaves her on her own for the umpteenth time she turns to her Uncle Makio to look after her. Makio’s pretty girlfriend Rinko proves an...

Thu, Nov 09 - 8:30PM  Dole Cannery D

Fri, Nov 10 - 1:45PM  Dole Cannery H

COAT CHECK LADY
Гардеробщица
Russia 2016 | 30 min.
Bad Habits Die Hard Shorts | Drama

Who knows which demons may be awakened by insolence or blind love? As the old adage goes: the theater begins with the coat check. Galina Alexandrovna, a coat check lady at one of Moscow's most...

Wed, Nov 08 - 5:30PM  Dole Cannery E

COLUMBUS
United States 2017 | 104 min.
American Indies | Architecture, Drama, Self-discovery

When a renowned architecture scholar falls suddenly ill during a speaking tour, his son Jin (John Cho) finds himself stranded in Columbus, Ind., a small Midwestern city celebrated for its many...

Sat, Nov 11 - 5:45PM  Dole Cannery A

CRASH
Macao 2016 | 22 min.
(Dis)Connection Shorts | Black Comedy, Drama

Choi found his mother with advanced Dementia was missing one day. He asked around to search for her, but to no avail. He then put a post in the social networking site. In just one night, his post had...

Tue, Nov 07 - 7:45PM  Dole Cannery D

CYCLE
सायकल
India 2017 | 102 min.
Spotlight on India | Comedy, Culture, Drama

Maharashtra, 1950s -- Keshav is an affable astrologer who is never separated with his bicycle, his proud and joy and everyone in the village knows it. But his life is turned upside down when two...

Sun, Nov 05 - 12:30PM  Dole Cannery B

DANCING SHANGHAI
China, United States 2017 | 16 min.
ACM UHM & SFA Night | Drama, Science Fiction

CATLORD The alien landed in the attic of the house by flying saucer and came out with Aliens use the multi species communication device to begin to understand the earth to the cat. The cat tells...

Thu, Nov 09 - 6:00PM  Dole Cannery A

DARKEST HOUR
United Kingdom 2017 | 114 min.
European Showcase | Biography, Drama, History, War

During the early days of World War II, with the fall of France imminent, Britain faces its darkest hour. With the Nazi forces advancing, and the Allied army cornered on the beaches of Dunkirk, the...

Sun, Nov 05 - 5:00PM  Dole Cannery A

Thu, Nov 09 - 8:00PM  Dole Cannery C

THE DAY AFTER
그 후
South Korea 2017 | 92 min.
Spotlight on Korea | Drama, Romance, Self-discovery

Master of the art of conversation, festival favorite Hong Sang-soo returns with a satirical romp about love, relationships, and literature, set in one very small publishing house. A-reum is about to...

Tue, Nov 07 - 6:15PM  Dole Cannery E

Sat, Nov 11 - 4:30PM  Dole Cannery E

DEALER/HEALER
毒。誡
Hong Kong SAR China 2017 | 101 min.
Spotlight on Hong Kong | Action, Crime & Gangster, Drama

Set in the 1970s and '80s, Lawrence Lau’s action-packed crime saga tells the true story of a reformed drug dealer who struggles for redemption. Chen Hua (Lau Ching Wan) starts selling drugs...

Thu, Nov 09 - 6:15PM  Dole Cannery D

DEAR ETRANGER
幼な子われらに生まれ
Japan 2017 | 127 min.
Spotlight on Japan | Drama, Family

40-something Makoto Tanaka (Tadanobu Asano) has 3 daughters. One from a previous marriage and two step-daughters that he has raised with his second wife. While life can be a bit complicated Makoto...

Wed, Nov 08 - 5:30PM  Dole Cannery H

Sun, Nov 12 - 2:30PM  Dole Cannery H

DOWNSIZING
United States 2017 | 135 min.
Gala Presentations | Comedy, Drama, Science Fiction

From director Alexander Payne (THE DESCENDENTS) comes on of the most outrageous comedies of the year. When scientists discover how to shrink humans to five inches tall as a solution to...

Sat, Nov 11 - 8:15PM  Dole Cannery B

THE EDUCATION OF GRAYSON TOKI
Papua New Guinea 2017 | 11 min.
Pacific Showcase Shorts | Drama, Native/Indigenous Peoples

Unable to comes to terms with his father abandoning the family, teenager Grayson Toki blames his overbearing mother for their situation. When he starts failing his exams his world falls apart and...

Fri, Nov 10 - 8:15PM  Dole Cannery D

Sat, Nov 11 - 12:30PM  Dole Cannery D

FAKA'ANAUA
Tonga 2017 | 10 min.
Pacific Showcase Shorts | Drama, Native/Indigenous Peoples

Faka’anaua is surrounded by family as they prepare for a funeral. Houses and people are dressed appropriately, food is chopped for cooking in the pit and light fingered relatives try to steal a...

Fri, Nov 10 - 8:15PM  Dole Cannery D

Sat, Nov 11 - 12:30PM  Dole Cannery D

GAME
United States 2016 | 15 min.
Alphabet Soup Shorts | Drama, LGBT, Social Issues

AJ Green, a new kid in town, shows up at the high school boys basketball tryouts and instantly makes an impression. Coach takes notice, and so do the other players, some of whom feel threatened by...

Sat, Nov 04 - 8:30PM  Dole Cannery D

THE GANGSTER'S DAUGHTER
林北小舞
Taiwan ROC 2017 | 105 min.
Spotlight on Taiwan | Coming of Age, Crime, Drama

Part coming-of-age tale, part crime drama, THE GANGSTER’S DAUGHTER is a heartfelt, gritty film from new Taiwanese director Chen Mei Juin. After getting into trouble with a local bully, teenage...

Tue, Nov 07 - 5:30PM  Dole Cannery H

Sat, Nov 11 - 3:00PM  Dole Cannery D

GIRL AT THE DOOR
혜리
South Korea 2017 | 11 min.
Adulting Shorts | Coming of Age, Drama

Hye-ri lives with her father, who turns into a violent person when he is inebriated. Unlike her submissive mother and little brother, Hye-ri learns the armbar maneuver from her boxing coach to get...

Fri, Nov 10 - 7:30PM  Dole Cannery E

GLASS GARDEN
유리정원
South Korea 2017 | 117 min.
Spotlight on Korea | Drama, Fantasy, Science Fiction

The latest from HIFF 2015 Grand Prize winner Shin Su-won (MADONNA) is a tale about transformation. Doctoral candidate Jae-yeon is a brilliant researcher with a rare ability to communicate with...

Wed, Nov 08 - 8:15PM  Dole Cannery A

Sat, Nov 11 - 5:15PM  Dole Cannery H

GO FOR BROKE: AN ORIGIN STORY
United States 2017 | 90 min.
Closing Night Film | Drama, History, War

Set in the tumultuous year after the attack on Pearl Harbor, this true story follows a group of University of Hawaii ROTC students as they fight discrimination by forming the Varsity Victory...

Sun, Nov 12 - 7:30PM  Hawaii Theatre

Sun, Nov 12 - 8:00PM  Dole Cannery B

Thu, Nov 16 - 7:00PM  Waimea Theater Kauai

Sun, Nov 19 - 7:15PM  Hilo Palace Theater

THE GREAT BUDDHA+
大佛普拉斯
Taiwan ROC 2017 | 104 min.
Spotlight on Taiwan | Art House, Black Comedy, Drama

A security guard and his best friend become entangled in a web of dark secrets after stumbling upon videos that document the promiscuous meetings of a wealthy factory owner. What they do next is...

Mon, Nov 06 - 5:00PM  Dole Cannery E

GUKOROKU: TRACES OF SIN
愚行録
Japan 2016 | 120 min.
Spotlight on Japan | Crime, Drama, Thriller

Young investigative reporter Tanaka (Satoshi Tsumabuki) decides to immerse himself in a shocking unsolved murder case, an entire family killed in their home. At the same time, Tanaka has some trouble...

Sun, Nov 05 - 7:30PM  Dole Cannery A

Wed, Nov 08 - 8:15PM  Dole Cannery C

I AM BECAUSE YOU ARE
United States 2017 | 20 min.
Made in Hawaii | Coming of Age, Drama, Senior/Aging

This short film will play before the encore screening of KULEANA, on Sunday November 5th. When Kaiea, a twelve-year-old on Maui, learns his grandfather is suffering from Alzheimer’s,...

Sun, Nov 05 - 2:45PM  Dole Cannery B

Sat, Nov 18 - 1:00PM  Hilo Palace Theater

Sun, Nov 19 - 12:15PM  Waimea Theater Kauai

I CAN I WILL I DID
United States 2017 | 110 min.
American Indies | Coming of Age, Drama, Family Friendly

Ben (Tony Award winner, Mike Faist) grew up bullied and alone in the foster system. When the bullying escalates and results in a harrowing accident, Ben’s mind and body is all but crushed. In...

Sat, Nov 04 - 12:45PM  Dole Cannery A

Sat, Nov 18 - 3:30PM  Hilo Palace Theater

Sun, Nov 19 - 2:45PM  Waimea Theater Kauai

79 films/events
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