Inaugural Year of EuroCinema Hawaii

Inaugural year of EuroCinema Hawai'i present eight premiers of great european films in unique festival within a festival.

September 21, 2010

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE        

INAUGURAL YEAR OF EUROCINEMA HAWAI’I PRESENTS EIGHT PREMIERS OF GREAT EUROPEAN FILMS IN UNIQUE FESTIVAL WITHIN A FESTIVAL

WHO:    EuroCinema Hawai’i 2010 (ECH 2010)

WHAT: Hawaii’s newest international film festival, EuroCinema Hawaii, proudly presents the Hawaii premieres of eight top new films from France, Germany, England, Italy, Norway, Russia, Sweden, and Denmark, including the thriller sensation, “The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet’s Nest,” and Martin Scorsese’s acclaimed restoration of Visconti’s 1963 masterpiece, “The Leopard” (“Il Gattopardo”).

WHEN: October 14th-October 24th in partnership with the 30th edition of the Hawaii International Film Festival (HIFF).

WHERE: Regal Dole Cannery Stadium 18 Theaters and the Honolulu Academy of Arts Doris Duke Theater – for film schedule and ticketing, please see www.eurocinemahawaii.org and http://hiff.org/.

 

EuroCinema Hawaii 2010 is excited to announce their inaugural line up of Official Selections for Competition as follows:

CERTIFIED COPY (Hawaii Premiere) France 2010 Starring Juliette Binoche 
THE GIRL WHO KICKED THE HORNET’S NEST (Hawaii Premiere) Sweden/ Denmark 2010 Conclusion of the acclaimed thriller trilogy based on the books by Stieg Larsson
HOW I ENDED THIS SUMMER (Hawaii Premiere) Russia 2010 Thriller
LOOSE CANNONS(Hawaii Premiere) Italy 2010 | Italy Comedy 
QUEEN TO PLAY (Hawaii Premiere) France/Germany 2009 | Starring Kevin Kline, Sandrine Bonnaire, and Jennifer Beals
A SOMEWHAT GENTLE MAN (Hawaii Premiere) Norway 2010 Starring Stellan Skarsgard FOUR LIONS (Hawaii Premiere) United Kingdom 2010 Black Comedy In English, Arabic, Urdu, Punjabi w/ English subtitles

*THE LEOPARD (IL GATTOPARDO) (Hawaii Premiere) Italy 1963 Restoration of Visconti’s masterpiece; *Out of competition

All seven films in competition are eligible for the EuroCinema Hawaii 2010 Princess Dialta Alliata di Montereale Award for Best Film, selected by the EuroCinema Hawaii 2010 Jury. An additional cash prize, also selected by the ECH 2010 Jury, will be given for the EuroCinema Hawaii 2010 Best Student Film to support local student filmmakers through the University of Hawaii System’s Academy for Creative Media.

Winners will be announced at the gala, celebrity filled EuroCinema Hawaii 2010 Awards on Friday, October 22, 2010 at the Moana Hotel, hosted by E! Entertainment personality Debbie Matenopoulos. 

About EuroCinema Hawai’i (ECH):

Founded and incorporated in 2009, EuroCinema Hawai’i is dedicated to the advancement of understanding and cultural exchange among the peoples of Europe and Hawai’i through the medium of film and the financial support of student film makers in Hawaii through the University of Hawaii System’s Academy for Creative Media. The annual festival includes a jury comprised of film directors, producers, actors and film scholars charged with selecting the Princess Dialta Alliata di Montereale Award for Best Film, Director, Actor and Actress as well as Best Student Film. For more information please visit www.eurocinemahawaii.org.

In April of this year, EuroCinema Hawai’i announced their partnership with the Hawaii International Film Festival (HIFF) – creating a Festival within a Festival.  EuroCinema features a special section of films, people and events, highlighting European films at HIFF this year with the ultimate goal of increasing exposure of European films in the islands.  EuroCinema Hawai’i is excited to share the extraordinary and diverse cinematic heritage of European Films with the people of Hawaii, its visitors and to support our local student filmmakers.

“We are thrilled to partner with HIFF to launch this unique Festival within a Festival,” says Jefferson Finney, President of EuroCinema Hawai’i  “We have an incredible and diverse selection of the finest films from Europe and are proud to bring their exclusive premieres to Hawaii. We thank the HIFF ohana, including Programming Director Anderson Le, Executive Director Chuck Boller and Development Director Sarah Honda, for their help and most especially all of our outstanding sponsors for making this possible.”

EuroCinema Hawai’i 2010 sponsors include:

Continental Airlines

HI Luxury Magazine

HONBLUE

Jaguar of Honolulu

Mercedes of Honolulu

Moana Surfrider Hotel

Tiffany & Co.

ToKa Media

 

Official Selections for ECH 2010

(film images can be found at: http://picasaweb.google.com/hiff2009images/2010HIFFFall?authkey=Gv1sRgCN7M0qjGgYn1eQ#)

 

CERTIFIED COPY

TUE Oct-19 6:30PM DOLE

WED Oct-20 6:00PM DOLE

Hawaii Premiere

France 2010 | French w/ English subtitles | 106 M

Director: Abbas Kiarostami

Screenwriter: Abbas Kiarostami

Producers: Angelo Barbagallo, Charles Gillibert, Marin Karmitz, Nathanael Karmitz

Cinematographer: Luca Bigazzi

Cast: Juliette Binoche, William Shimell, Jean-Claude Carriere, Agathe Natanson, Gianna Giachetti

Legendary Iranian director Abbas Kiarostami, who won the 1997 Palme d'Or at Cannes with A TASTE OF CHERRY and had a brief American art-house moment with THE WIND WILL CARRY US, slides smoothly into upscale Western filmmaking with CERTIFIED COPY, an intriguing, not-quite love story featuring French superstar Juliette Binoche, English opera singer William Shimell and the spectacular Tuscan countryside.

Binoche plays a nameless woman who lives with her son in the Italian city where British author James Miller (Shimell, a debonair, erudite presence in his screen debut) has landed on his book tour. She's a journalist who writes about books, and offers to take him on a brief driving tour to a nearby village so they can chat. Even before they set out, Binoche's 10-year-old son jokes that she's decided to fall in love with Miller.

 

THE GIRL WHO KICKED THE HORNET’S NEST (LUFTSLOTTET SOM SPRANGDES)

THUR Oct-21 9:30PM DOLE

Hawaii Premiere

Sweden, Denmark 2010 | Swedish w/ English subtitles | 148 M

 Director: Daniel Alfredson

Screenwriter: Jonas Frykberg, Ulf Ryberg

Producers: Jon Mankell, Lone Korslund, Peter Nadermann

Cinematographer: Peter Mokrosinski           

Cast: Noomi Rapace, Michael Nyqvist, Lena Endre, Annika Hallin, Anders Ahlbom

In THE GIRL WHO KICKED THE HORNET’S NEST  - the final installment of the "Millenium Trilogy" - Lisbeth Salander, played by the incomparable Swedish actress Noomi Rapace in a career-defining role, is fighting for her life in more ways than one. The film picks up immediately where THE GIRL WHO PLAYED WITH FIRE ended.  In intensive care and charged with three murders, Salander will not only have to prove her innocence, but also identify and denounce those corrupt government institutions that very nearly destroyed her life. Once upon a time, she was a victim. Now Salander is fighting back!

The late Steig Larsen’s literary phenomenon has taken the world by storm and the film trilogy is equally as successful, generating boffo box office around the world. With David Fincher’s Hollywood adaptation in production now, it will be hard to shake off Rapace’s explosive and award-worthy performance as the punk rock, bisexual hacker who unravels the dark underbelly of the Swedish patriarchy. –Anderson Le 

 

HOW I ENDED THIS SUMMER (KAK YA PROVYOL ETIM LETOM)

MON Oct-18 6:45PM DOLE

Hawaii Premiere

Russia 2010 | Russian w/ English subtitles | 124 M

Director: Aleksei Popogrebsky

Screenwriter: Aleksei Popogrebsky

Producers: Roman Borisevich, Aleksandr Kushaev

Cinematographer: Pavel Kostomarov

Cast: Grigoriy Dobrygin, Sergei Puskepalis, Igor Chernevich, Ilya Sobolev, Artyom Tsukanov

One place. One day. Two men.

The place is a polar station on a remote island in the Arctic Ocean. A day up here in the far north lasts weeks, since the sun never sets during the summer at this high latitude. This used to be an important research station but, Sergei, an experienced meteorologist and Pavel, a high school graduate, are now the only inhabitants. Soon a ship will arrive to pick up the two men. Sergei is anxious about returning to his wife and child on the mainland, while Pavel hopes that he might yet be able to experience the kind of real adventure he was dreaming of when he volunteered for an internship in this desolate region. And then one day when Sergei is out angling, Pavel picks up a radio message that he cannot communicate to Sergei.

Director Alexei Popogrebski found the inspiration for his psychological polar thriller in the diaries of N. V. Pinegin which were written in 1912 when Pinegin accompanied Russian polar explorer Georgio J. Sedov on his tragic attempt to reach the North Pole. -Berlinale

 

LOOSE CANNONS (MINE VAGANTI)

SAT Oct-23 4:00PM DOLE

SUN Oct-24 7:30PM DOLE

Hawaii Premiere

Italy 2010 | Italian, w/ English subtitles | 110 M

Director: Ferzan Ozpetek

Screenwriter: Ferzan Ozpetek, Ivan Cotroneo

Producers: Domenico Procacci

Cinematographer: Maurizio Calvesi

Cast: Riccardo Scamarcio, Alessandro Preziosi, Nicole Grimaudo, Ennio Fantastichini, Lunetta Savino, Elena Sofia Ricci, Ilaria Occhini

Tommaso has a comfortable life in Rome as an aspiring writer and a steady relationship with his boyfriend Marco. When he’s called back to his hometown of Lecce in Italy’s deep south to help run the family pasta business, he decides to finally reveal his homosexuality to his family and hopefully get out of his business obligations in the process. But when his brother thwarts his plans, Tommaso gets stuck on the path that he was desperately trying to avoid.

Director Ferzan Ozpetek takes a playful approach to this family dramedy, matching a critique of provincial Southern values with an eccentric cast of characters that includes a philandering conservative father, a boozing aunt, a pair of disgruntled maids, and Tommaso’s bubbly friends. LOOSE CANNONS is a playful take on family obligation and the possibility of being uprooted from comfortable surroundings.

 

QUEEN TO PLAY (JOUEUSE)

FRI Oct-22 6:15PM DOLE

SAT Oct-23 11:30AM DOLE

Hawaii Premiere

France, Germany 2009 | English, French w/ English subtitles | 101 M

Director: Caroline Bottaro

Screenwriter: Caroline Bottaro, Bertina Henrichs

Producers: Dominique Besnehard, Michel Feller

Cinematographer: Jean-Claude Larrieu

Cast: Sandrine Bonnaire, Kevin Kline, Francis Renaud, Jennifer Beals

When Helene (Sandrine Bonnaire), a chambermaid in a cliff-top hotel on the beautiful island of Corsica, sees an American couple (Jennifer Beals and Dominic Gould) playing chess on the balcony of their room, something deep within her stirs. Their duel is beautiful and sensual, a battle of wits and a declaration of love. Helene finds a chess set at the house of reclusive Dr. Kroger (Academy Award winner Kevin Kline), where she cleans. She implores him to teach her how to play. As her passion for the game grows, her natural talent and unwavering commitment lead her to an unexpected chance to reinvent herself.

 

A SOMEWHAT GENTLE MAN (EN GANSKE SNILL MANN)

SAT Oct-23 10:00PM DOLE

SUN Oct-24 2:30PM DOLE

Hawaii Premiere

Norway 2010 | Norwegian w/ English subtitles | 103 M

Director: Hans Petter Moland

Screenwriter: Kim Fupz Aakeson

Producers: Stein B. Kvae, Finn Gjerdrum

Cinematographer: Philip Ogaard           

Cast: Stellan Skarsgard, Bjorn Floberg, Gard B. Eidsvold, Jorunn Kjellsby, Jan Gunnar Roise

Ulrik (Skarsgard), the gentle man of the title, is a mechanic who has just been released from prison, where he served 12 years for murdering his wife’s lover. After being released from jail he looks to reinstate himself in decent society, and reconnect with his son who is now grown and about to become a father himself. His son’s pregnant partner is mistrustful of Ulrik, and the relationship between father and son is put into jeopardy when cronies from past insist that he finish a job.

The humor of the film does not necessarily arise from the situations Ulrik is put in, but from the oddball characters that surround Ulrik, such as his vulgar landlady, who demands that Ulrik service her while she shouts out religious terms. Norwegian director Hans Petter Moland and Swedish actor Stellan Skarsgard are a match made in cinema heaven, and in the criminal comedy A SOMEWHAT GENTLE MAN they achieve a cool, deceptively simple minimalism which is both perfectly timed and brilliantly pared-down.-- Screendaily

 

FOUR LIONS

SUN Oct-24 8:00PM DOLE

Hawaii Premiere

United Kingdon 2010 | English, Arabic, Urdu, Punjabi w/ English subtitles | 102 M

Director: Christopher Morris

Screenwriter: Jesse Armstrong, Sam Bain, Christopher Morris, Simon Blackwell

Producers: Mark Herbert, Derrin Schlesinger

Cinematographer: Lol Crawley   

Cast: Riz Ahmed, Arsher Ali, Nigel Lindsay, Kayvan Novak, Adeeel Akhtar Benedict Cumberbatch

Chris Morris' FOUR LIONS is a funny, thrilling comedy that illuminates modern jihadism through the prism of farce. It understands jihadists as human beings. And it understands human beings as innately ridiculous. What THIS IS SPINAL TAP did for heavy metal and DR STRANGELOVE the Cold War, FOUR LIONS does for the modern face of terrorism.

In a British city, four men have a secret plan. Omar (Riz Ahmed) is disillusioned about the treatment of muslims around the world and is determined to become a soldier. This is the most exciting idea Waj (Kayvan Novak) has ever heard. Better still it's a no brainer because Omar does his thinking for him. Opposed to Omar and everyone else on earth is the white islamic convert Barry (Nigel Lindsay). He'd realize he joined the cell to channel his nihilism - If he had half the self-knowledge of a duck. Faisal (Adeel Akhtar) is the odd man out. He can make a bomb - but he can't blow himself up just now coz his sick dad has "started eating newspaper". Instead he's training crows to fly bombs through windows. This is what Omar has to deal with. They must strike a decisive blow on their own turf but can any of them strike a match without punching himself in the face?


THE LEOPARD (IL GATTOPARDO)

MON Oct-18 6:30PM Doris Duke Theatre

Hawaii Premiere

Italy 1963 | Italian w/ English subtitles | 187 M Out of Competition

Director: Luchino Visconti
Screenwriter: Suso Cecchi D’Amico, Enrico Medioli, Pasquale Festa Campanile, Massimo Franciosa, and Luchino Visconti. Based on the novel by Giuseppe Tomasi di Lampedusa.
Producers: Goffredo Lombardo, Pietro Notarianni
Cinematographer: Giuseppe Rotunno
Cast: Burt Lancaster, Claudia Cardinale, Alain Delon, Paolo Stoppa, Rina Morelli

Luchino Visconti’s THE LEOPARD (IL GATTOPARDO) is an epic on the grandest possible scale. The film recreates, with nostalgia, drama,and opulence, the tumultuous years of Italy’s Risorgimento—when the aristocracy lost its grip and the middle classes rose and formed a unified, democratic Italy. Burt Lancaster stars as the aging prince watching his culture and fortune wane in the face of a new generation,represented by his upstart nephew (Alain Delon) and his beautiful
fiancée (Claudia Cardinale). Awarded the Palme d’Or at the 1963 Cannes Film Festival, THE LEOPARD translates Giuseppe Tomasi di Lampedusa’s novel, and the history it recounts, into a truly cinematic masterpiece. This restored version, by Martin Scorsese’s The Film Foundation, premiered at this year's Cannes Film Festival.

IL GATTOPARDO has been restored in association with Cineteca di Bologna, L'Immagine Ritrovata, The Film Foundation, Pathé, Fondation Jérôme Seydoux-Pathé, Twentieth Century Fox and Centro Sperimentale di Cinematografia-Cineteca Nazionale. Restoration funding provided by Gucci and The Film Foundation. Presented as part of CINEMA VISIONARIES by Gucci and The Film Foundation.

 

EuroCinema Hawai’i Board of Directors

Princess Dialta Alliata di Montereale
Silvia Bizio
Beth Carbone (Secretary)
Cliff Colvin (Treasurer)
Carmen Di Amore
Jefferson Finney (President)
Patrick Gey
Terry Hubbard
Chris Lee
Marchese Duccio Kaumuali'i Marignoli
Guido Carlo Pigliasco
Alice Robinson (Vice President)
Kelly Sanders
Molly Watanabe 
Wanda Watumull

Inaugural year of EuroCinema Hawai'i present eight premiers of great european films in unique festival within a festival.

September 21, 2010

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE        

INAUGURAL YEAR OF EUROCINEMA HAWAI’I PRESENTS EIGHT PREMIERS OF GREAT EUROPEAN FILMS IN UNIQUE FESTIVAL WITHIN A FESTIVAL

WHO:    EuroCinema Hawai’i 2010 (ECH 2010)

WHAT: Hawaii’s newest international film festival, EuroCinema Hawaii, proudly presents the Hawaii premieres of eight top new films from France, Germany, England, Italy, Norway, Russia, Sweden, and Denmark, including the thriller sensation, “The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet’s Nest,” and Martin Scorsese’s acclaimed restoration of Visconti’s 1963 masterpiece, “The Leopard” (“Il Gattopardo”).

WHEN: October 14th-October 24th in partnership with the 30th edition of the Hawaii International Film Festival (HIFF).

WHERE: Regal Dole Cannery Stadium 18 Theaters and the Honolulu Academy of Arts Doris Duke Theater – for film schedule and ticketing, please see www.eurocinemahawaii.org and http://hiff.org/.

 

EuroCinema Hawaii 2010 is excited to announce their inaugural line up of Official Selections for Competition as follows:

CERTIFIED COPY (Hawaii Premiere) France 2010 Starring Juliette Binoche 
THE GIRL WHO KICKED THE HORNET’S NEST (Hawaii Premiere) Sweden/ Denmark 2010 Conclusion of the acclaimed thriller trilogy based on the books by Stieg Larsson
HOW I ENDED THIS SUMMER (Hawaii Premiere) Russia 2010 Thriller
LOOSE CANNONS(Hawaii Premiere) Italy 2010 | Italy Comedy 
QUEEN TO PLAY (Hawaii Premiere) France/Germany 2009 | Starring Kevin Kline, Sandrine Bonnaire, and Jennifer Beals
A SOMEWHAT GENTLE MAN (Hawaii Premiere) Norway 2010 Starring Stellan Skarsgard FOUR LIONS (Hawaii Premiere) United Kingdom 2010 Black Comedy In English, Arabic, Urdu, Punjabi w/ English subtitles

*THE LEOPARD (IL GATTOPARDO) (Hawaii Premiere) Italy 1963 Restoration of Visconti’s masterpiece; *Out of competition

All seven films in competition are eligible for the EuroCinema Hawaii 2010 Princess Dialta Alliata di Montereale Award for Best Film, selected by the EuroCinema Hawaii 2010 Jury. An additional cash prize, also selected by the ECH 2010 Jury, will be given for the EuroCinema Hawaii 2010 Best Student Film to support local student filmmakers through the University of Hawaii System’s Academy for Creative Media.

Winners will be announced at the gala, celebrity filled EuroCinema Hawaii 2010 Awards on Friday, October 22, 2010 at the Moana Hotel, hosted by E! Entertainment personality Debbie Matenopoulos. 

About EuroCinema Hawai’i (ECH):

Founded and incorporated in 2009, EuroCinema Hawai’i is dedicated to the advancement of understanding and cultural exchange among the peoples of Europe and Hawai’i through the medium of film and the financial support of student film makers in Hawaii through the University of Hawaii System’s Academy for Creative Media. The annual festival includes a jury comprised of film directors, producers, actors and film scholars charged with selecting the Princess Dialta Alliata di Montereale Award for Best Film, Director, Actor and Actress as well as Best Student Film. For more information please visit www.eurocinemahawaii.org.

In April of this year, EuroCinema Hawai’i announced their partnership with the Hawaii International Film Festival (HIFF) – creating a Festival within a Festival.  EuroCinema features a special section of films, people and events, highlighting European films at HIFF this year with the ultimate goal of increasing exposure of European films in the islands.  EuroCinema Hawai’i is excited to share the extraordinary and diverse cinematic heritage of European Films with the people of Hawaii, its visitors and to support our local student filmmakers.

“We are thrilled to partner with HIFF to launch this unique Festival within a Festival,” says Jefferson Finney, President of EuroCinema Hawai’i  “We have an incredible and diverse selection of the finest films from Europe and are proud to bring their exclusive premieres to Hawaii. We thank the HIFF ohana, including Programming Director Anderson Le, Executive Director Chuck Boller and Development Director Sarah Honda, for their help and most especially all of our outstanding sponsors for making this possible.”

EuroCinema Hawai’i 2010 sponsors include:

Continental Airlines

HI Luxury Magazine

HONBLUE

Jaguar of Honolulu

Mercedes of Honolulu

Moana Surfrider Hotel

Tiffany & Co.

ToKa Media

 

Official Selections for ECH 2010

(film images can be found at: http://picasaweb.google.com/hiff2009images/2010HIFFFall?authkey=Gv1sRgCN7M0qjGgYn1eQ#)

 

CERTIFIED COPY

TUE Oct-19 6:30PM DOLE

WED Oct-20 6:00PM DOLE

Hawaii Premiere

France 2010 | French w/ English subtitles | 106 M

Director: Abbas Kiarostami

Screenwriter: Abbas Kiarostami

Producers: Angelo Barbagallo, Charles Gillibert, Marin Karmitz, Nathanael Karmitz

Cinematographer: Luca Bigazzi

Cast: Juliette Binoche, William Shimell, Jean-Claude Carriere, Agathe Natanson, Gianna Giachetti

Legendary Iranian director Abbas Kiarostami, who won the 1997 Palme d'Or at Cannes with A TASTE OF CHERRY and had a brief American art-house moment with THE WIND WILL CARRY US, slides smoothly into upscale Western filmmaking with CERTIFIED COPY, an intriguing, not-quite love story featuring French superstar Juliette Binoche, English opera singer William Shimell and the spectacular Tuscan countryside.

Binoche plays a nameless woman who lives with her son in the Italian city where British author James Miller (Shimell, a debonair, erudite presence in his screen debut) has landed on his book tour. She's a journalist who writes about books, and offers to take him on a brief driving tour to a nearby village so they can chat. Even before they set out, Binoche's 10-year-old son jokes that she's decided to fall in love with Miller.

 

THE GIRL WHO KICKED THE HORNET’S NEST (LUFTSLOTTET SOM SPRANGDES)

THUR Oct-21 9:30PM DOLE

Hawaii Premiere

Sweden, Denmark 2010 | Swedish w/ English subtitles | 148 M

 Director: Daniel Alfredson

Screenwriter: Jonas Frykberg, Ulf Ryberg

Producers: Jon Mankell, Lone Korslund, Peter Nadermann

Cinematographer: Peter Mokrosinski           

Cast: Noomi Rapace, Michael Nyqvist, Lena Endre, Annika Hallin, Anders Ahlbom

In THE GIRL WHO KICKED THE HORNET’S NEST  - the final installment of the "Millenium Trilogy" - Lisbeth Salander, played by the incomparable Swedish actress Noomi Rapace in a career-defining role, is fighting for her life in more ways than one. The film picks up immediately where THE GIRL WHO PLAYED WITH FIRE ended.  In intensive care and charged with three murders, Salander will not only have to prove her innocence, but also identify and denounce those corrupt government institutions that very nearly destroyed her life. Once upon a time, she was a victim. Now Salander is fighting back!

The late Steig Larsen’s literary phenomenon has taken the world by storm and the film trilogy is equally as successful, generating boffo box office around the world. With David Fincher’s Hollywood adaptation in production now, it will be hard to shake off Rapace’s explosive and award-worthy performance as the punk rock, bisexual hacker who unravels the dark underbelly of the Swedish patriarchy. –Anderson Le 

 

HOW I ENDED THIS SUMMER (KAK YA PROVYOL ETIM LETOM)

MON Oct-18 6:45PM DOLE

Hawaii Premiere

Russia 2010 | Russian w/ English subtitles | 124 M

Director: Aleksei Popogrebsky

Screenwriter: Aleksei Popogrebsky

Producers: Roman Borisevich, Aleksandr Kushaev

Cinematographer: Pavel Kostomarov

Cast: Grigoriy Dobrygin, Sergei Puskepalis, Igor Chernevich, Ilya Sobolev, Artyom Tsukanov

One place. One day. Two men.

The place is a polar station on a remote island in the Arctic Ocean. A day up here in the far north lasts weeks, since the sun never sets during the summer at this high latitude. This used to be an important research station but, Sergei, an experienced meteorologist and Pavel, a high school graduate, are now the only inhabitants. Soon a ship will arrive to pick up the two men. Sergei is anxious about returning to his wife and child on the mainland, while Pavel hopes that he might yet be able to experience the kind of real adventure he was dreaming of when he volunteered for an internship in this desolate region. And then one day when Sergei is out angling, Pavel picks up a radio message that he cannot communicate to Sergei.

Director Alexei Popogrebski found the inspiration for his psychological polar thriller in the diaries of N. V. Pinegin which were written in 1912 when Pinegin accompanied Russian polar explorer Georgio J. Sedov on his tragic attempt to reach the North Pole. -Berlinale

 

LOOSE CANNONS (MINE VAGANTI)

SAT Oct-23 4:00PM DOLE

SUN Oct-24 7:30PM DOLE

Hawaii Premiere

Italy 2010 | Italian, w/ English subtitles | 110 M

Director: Ferzan Ozpetek

Screenwriter: Ferzan Ozpetek, Ivan Cotroneo

Producers: Domenico Procacci

Cinematographer: Maurizio Calvesi

Cast: Riccardo Scamarcio, Alessandro Preziosi, Nicole Grimaudo, Ennio Fantastichini, Lunetta Savino, Elena Sofia Ricci, Ilaria Occhini

Tommaso has a comfortable life in Rome as an aspiring writer and a steady relationship with his boyfriend Marco. When he’s called back to his hometown of Lecce in Italy’s deep south to help run the family pasta business, he decides to finally reveal his homosexuality to his family and hopefully get out of his business obligations in the process. But when his brother thwarts his plans, Tommaso gets stuck on the path that he was desperately trying to avoid.

Director Ferzan Ozpetek takes a playful approach to this family dramedy, matching a critique of provincial Southern values with an eccentric cast of characters that includes a philandering conservative father, a boozing aunt, a pair of disgruntled maids, and Tommaso’s bubbly friends. LOOSE CANNONS is a playful take on family obligation and the possibility of being uprooted from comfortable surroundings.

 

QUEEN TO PLAY (JOUEUSE)

FRI Oct-22 6:15PM DOLE

SAT Oct-23 11:30AM DOLE

Hawaii Premiere

France, Germany 2009 | English, French w/ English subtitles | 101 M

Director: Caroline Bottaro

Screenwriter: Caroline Bottaro, Bertina Henrichs

Producers: Dominique Besnehard, Michel Feller

Cinematographer: Jean-Claude Larrieu

Cast: Sandrine Bonnaire, Kevin Kline, Francis Renaud, Jennifer Beals

When Helene (Sandrine Bonnaire), a chambermaid in a cliff-top hotel on the beautiful island of Corsica, sees an American couple (Jennifer Beals and Dominic Gould) playing chess on the balcony of their room, something deep within her stirs. Their duel is beautiful and sensual, a battle of wits and a declaration of love. Helene finds a chess set at the house of reclusive Dr. Kroger (Academy Award winner Kevin Kline), where she cleans. She implores him to teach her how to play. As her passion for the game grows, her natural talent and unwavering commitment lead her to an unexpected chance to reinvent herself.

 

A SOMEWHAT GENTLE MAN (EN GANSKE SNILL MANN)

SAT Oct-23 10:00PM DOLE

SUN Oct-24 2:30PM DOLE

Hawaii Premiere

Norway 2010 | Norwegian w/ English subtitles | 103 M

Director: Hans Petter Moland

Screenwriter: Kim Fupz Aakeson

Producers: Stein B. Kvae, Finn Gjerdrum

Cinematographer: Philip Ogaard           

Cast: Stellan Skarsgard, Bjorn Floberg, Gard B. Eidsvold, Jorunn Kjellsby, Jan Gunnar Roise

Ulrik (Skarsgard), the gentle man of the title, is a mechanic who has just been released from prison, where he served 12 years for murdering his wife’s lover. After being released from jail he looks to reinstate himself in decent society, and reconnect with his son who is now grown and about to become a father himself. His son’s pregnant partner is mistrustful of Ulrik, and the relationship between father and son is put into jeopardy when cronies from past insist that he finish a job.

The humor of the film does not necessarily arise from the situations Ulrik is put in, but from the oddball characters that surround Ulrik, such as his vulgar landlady, who demands that Ulrik service her while she shouts out religious terms. Norwegian director Hans Petter Moland and Swedish actor Stellan Skarsgard are a match made in cinema heaven, and in the criminal comedy A SOMEWHAT GENTLE MAN they achieve a cool, deceptively simple minimalism which is both perfectly timed and brilliantly pared-down.-- Screendaily

 

FOUR LIONS

SUN Oct-24 8:00PM DOLE

Hawaii Premiere

United Kingdon 2010 | English, Arabic, Urdu, Punjabi w/ English subtitles | 102 M

Director: Christopher Morris

Screenwriter: Jesse Armstrong, Sam Bain, Christopher Morris, Simon Blackwell

Producers: Mark Herbert, Derrin Schlesinger

Cinematographer: Lol Crawley   

Cast: Riz Ahmed, Arsher Ali, Nigel Lindsay, Kayvan Novak, Adeeel Akhtar Benedict Cumberbatch

Chris Morris' FOUR LIONS is a funny, thrilling comedy that illuminates modern jihadism through the prism of farce. It understands jihadists as human beings. And it understands human beings as innately ridiculous. What THIS IS SPINAL TAP did for heavy metal and DR STRANGELOVE the Cold War, FOUR LIONS does for the modern face of terrorism.

In a British city, four men have a secret plan. Omar (Riz Ahmed) is disillusioned about the treatment of muslims around the world and is determined to become a soldier. This is the most exciting idea Waj (Kayvan Novak) has ever heard. Better still it's a no brainer because Omar does his thinking for him. Opposed to Omar and everyone else on earth is the white islamic convert Barry (Nigel Lindsay). He'd realize he joined the cell to channel his nihilism - If he had half the self-knowledge of a duck. Faisal (Adeel Akhtar) is the odd man out. He can make a bomb - but he can't blow himself up just now coz his sick dad has "started eating newspaper". Instead he's training crows to fly bombs through windows. This is what Omar has to deal with. They must strike a decisive blow on their own turf but can any of them strike a match without punching himself in the face?


THE LEOPARD (IL GATTOPARDO)

MON Oct-18 6:30PM Doris Duke Theatre

Hawaii Premiere

Italy 1963 | Italian w/ English subtitles | 187 M Out of Competition

Director: Luchino Visconti
Screenwriter: Suso Cecchi D’Amico, Enrico Medioli, Pasquale Festa Campanile, Massimo Franciosa, and Luchino Visconti. Based on the novel by Giuseppe Tomasi di Lampedusa.
Producers: Goffredo Lombardo, Pietro Notarianni
Cinematographer: Giuseppe Rotunno
Cast: Burt Lancaster, Claudia Cardinale, Alain Delon, Paolo Stoppa, Rina Morelli

Luchino Visconti’s THE LEOPARD (IL GATTOPARDO) is an epic on the grandest possible scale. The film recreates, with nostalgia, drama,and opulence, the tumultuous years of Italy’s Risorgimento—when the aristocracy lost its grip and the middle classes rose and formed a unified, democratic Italy. Burt Lancaster stars as the aging prince watching his culture and fortune wane in the face of a new generation,represented by his upstart nephew (Alain Delon) and his beautiful
fiancée (Claudia Cardinale). Awarded the Palme d’Or at the 1963 Cannes Film Festival, THE LEOPARD translates Giuseppe Tomasi di Lampedusa’s novel, and the history it recounts, into a truly cinematic masterpiece. This restored version, by Martin Scorsese’s The Film Foundation, premiered at this year's Cannes Film Festival.

IL GATTOPARDO has been restored in association with Cineteca di Bologna, L'Immagine Ritrovata, The Film Foundation, Pathé, Fondation Jérôme Seydoux-Pathé, Twentieth Century Fox and Centro Sperimentale di Cinematografia-Cineteca Nazionale. Restoration funding provided by Gucci and The Film Foundation. Presented as part of CINEMA VISIONARIES by Gucci and The Film Foundation.

 

EuroCinema Hawai’i Board of Directors

Princess Dialta Alliata di Montereale
Silvia Bizio
Beth Carbone (Secretary)
Cliff Colvin (Treasurer)
Carmen Di Amore
Jefferson Finney (President)
Patrick Gey
Terry Hubbard
Chris Lee
Marchese Duccio Kaumuali'i Marignoli
Guido Carlo Pigliasco
Alice Robinson (Vice President)
Kelly Sanders
Molly Watanabe 
Wanda Watumull