HIFF Spring 2013 opens in Honolulu


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The Hawaii International Film Festival 2013 Spring Showcase kicks off Friday with the real-life adventure film “Kon-Tiki,” and closes April 11 with the Hawaii premiere of basketball biopic “Linsanity.”

In between, the festival will screen 33 films from 15 countries, offering up epic romances, coming-of-age tales, a 3D surf film, historical documentaries and dramas.

The lighthearted romantic comedy, “Comrade Kim Goes Flying,” tells the tale of a young coal miner who dreams of becoming an acrobat. This film has the distinction of being the first Western-financed fiction feature to be made in North Korea.

“The Fruit Hunters” is a family-friendly documentary featuring fruit fanatics around the world, including actor Bill Pullman, banana breeders and fruit detectives that inspect Renaissance-era paintings for clues that might help them rediscover lost fruits.

On the other hand, explicit content in “Interior. Leather Bar” should attract an adult-only audience. In this film, directors James Franco and Travis Matthews explore the making of the 1980 film “Cruising,” which stars Al Pacino as an undercover cop investigating the New York City gay leather bar scene. The MPAA forced the filmmaker to cut 40 minutes from the film. Franco and Matthews speculate what might have been contained in the missing footage.

The HIFF Spring Showcase runs April 5 to 11 at the Regal Dole Cannery Stadium Theatres. Visit http://www.hiff.org/ to view the film program and schedule and download iPhone and Android apps.

Tickets are available by calling 447-0577 or in person at the box office across the street from Regal Dole Cannery Theaters from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.


Treena Shapiro is a Honolulu-based freelance writer and editor. She has worked previously for the Honolulu Advertiser, the Honolulu Star-Bulletin and the Associated Press. She currently lives in Windward Oahu with her husband, two children and a pair of cockatiels.

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