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WHO:                  Luxury Row Presents EuroCinema Hawai’i 2012
WHAT:                Starting its third year in conjunction with the 32nd Hawaii International Film Festival (HIFF) presented by Halekulani, Luxury Row presents EuroCinema Hawai'i   2012, showcasing ten premieres of the top award winning films from Europe. This year's lineup includes films stretching across the continent including selections from the Czech Republic, Denmark, France, Germany, Italy, Romania, Sweden, Switzerland, and the United Kingdom.
WHEN:                October 11--October 21 in partnership with the 32nd Hawaii International Film Festival presented by Halekulani.
WHERE:             Regal Dole Cannery Stadium 18 Theatres

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The film lineup for Luxury Row presents EuroCinema Hawai'i 2012 is as follows:

BARBARA  (Hawaii Premiere) Germany|2012
BEYOND THE HILLS (Hawaii Premiere) Romania|2012
CAESAR MUST DIE (Hawaii Premiere) Italy|2012
CAMILLE REWINDS (Hawaii Premiere) France|2012
DIVA (Hawaii Premiere) France|1981 Special 30th Anniversary Restored Digital Print
QUARTET (Hawaii Premiere) United Kingdom|2012
REALITY (Hawaii Premiere) Italy, France|2012
A ROYAL AFFAIR (Hawaii Premiere) Denmark, Germany, Sweden, Czech Republic|2012
RUST AND BONE (Hawaii Premiere) France|2012
SISTER (Hawaii Premiere) France, Switzerland|2012

In April of 2010, EuroCinema Hawai'i announced their partnership with HIFF - creating a Festival within a Festival. EuroCinema Hawaii 2012 features an exclusive sidebar of films, people and events, highlighting European films and culminating in Honolulu’s most glamorous party of the year: Luxury Row Presents the EuroCinema Hawaii 2012 Awards Gala at Moana Surfrider, A Westin Resort and Spa in Waikiki on Friday, October 19. EuroCinema Hawai'i is proud to share the best of Europe’s extraordinary cinematic heritage with the people of Hawai'i, our visitors and our local student filmmakers.

At the Luxury Row Presents EuroCinema Hawaii 2012 Awards Gala at Moana Surfrider, A Westin Resort and Spa on Friday, October 19, celebrities and jurors will present Tiffany-designed awards for Best Actor, Best Actress, Best Director, the Princess Dialta Alliata di Montereale Award for Best Film, a $3,000 cash prize for Best Student Film Sponsored by the Sunny Dupree Family, and a special Lifetime Achievement Award to Richard Chamberlain. Festival Jurors include Jim Burke, producer of the Academy Award-nominated The Descendants, actor Michael Ontkean, and Julia Steele, Editor in Chief of Hana Hou magazine.

In addition to Lifetime Achievement Award winner Richard Chamberlain, celebrities  scheduled to attend the the Red Carpet, Black Tie Awards Gala include some of the cast of Hawaii Five-0, X-men and Usual Suspects director Bryan Singer, Twilight Saga and White Frog star Booboo Stewart, Sucker Punch and The Hangover 2’s Jaimie Chung, Youtube super star Kev Jumba (Kevin Wu), and more to be announced soon!

New this year: our exclusive EuroDisco Afterparty with celebrity DJ Manny Patel from London’s Heaven Club and LA’s The Abbey and Soho House.
"We are thrilled to continue our partnership into this year's Hawaii International Film Festival presented by Halekulani to create another 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 sincerely thank all of our outstanding sponsors for making this possible along with the entire HIFF ohana, including Executive Director Chuck Boller, Deputy Director Robert Lambeth and Programming Director Anderson Le for all their help.  
One of the biggest factors for continuing film festivals every year is creating and maintaining long-lasting relationships. "Our partnership with EuroCinema Hawai'i was such a huge success the last two years and we are are extremely thrilled to highlight it for more years to come" says HIFF Executive Director Chuck Boller. "We can't wait to show these great European films and hope everyone enjoys the European flavor that HIFF and EuroCinema Hawai'i bring to the islands".

Official selections for the 3rd annual Luxury Row presents EuroCinema Hawai'i:

BARBARA (Germany)
Hawaii Premiere
DIRECTOR: Christian Petzold
CAST: Rainer Bock, Christina Hecke, Nina Hoss, Ronald Zehrfeld
WINNER: Silver Bear, Best Director, Berlin International Film Festival 2012

Summer in East Germany, 1980. Barbara, a doctor, has submitted an application to emigrate to the West. She is punished by being posted away from the capital to a hospital in a small town. Jorg, her lover in the West, is busy planning her escape via the Baltic Sea. It’s a waiting game for Barbara. Her new flat, the neighbors, summer and the countryside no longer hold any charms for her. Although she is attentive to her young patients in the department for paediatric surgery under her new boss, Andre, she is deliberately cool to her colleagues. Her life, she thinks, will begin later.

Yet Barbara begins to lose her grip on herself, her plans and her heart. The day of her planned escape approaches… Hers is a life in which the fear of surveillance seems to be firmly embedded in all interpersonal relationships. From acclaimed director Christian Petzold (YELLA, 2007) comes a tale of a woman drifting through life in search of her path.   –Berlinale

SUNDAY, OCT. 14 | 9:00 PM | DOLE
MONDAY, OCT. 15 | 1:30 PM | DOLE

Hawaii Premiere
DIRECTOR: Cristian Mungiu
CAST: Valeriu Andriuta, Cristina Flutur, Cosmina Stratan, Dana Tapalaga
OFFICIAL SELECTION: Festival de Cannes 2012

In an isolated Orthodox convent in Romania, Alina has just been reunited with Voichita after spending several years in Germany. The two young women have supported and loved each other since meeting as children in an orphanage.

Alina wants Voichita to leave and return with her to Germany, but Voichita has found refuge in faith and a family in the nuns and their priest, and refuses. Alina cannot understand her friend’s choice. In her attempt to win back Voichita’s affection, she challenges the priest. She is taken to hospital and the people of the monastery start to suspect that she is possessed.

When the doctors send her back, Alina is included in the monastic routine in the hope that she will find peace. But her condition worsens and they finally have to tie her to a wooden plank to prevent her from hurting herself. After ruling out all other options, the priest and nuns decide to perform an exorcism. However the result is not what they had hoped, and Voichita begins to doubt the religious choice she has made. Inspired by the non-fiction novels of Tatiana Niculescu Bran.

MONDAY, OCT. 15 | 5:45 PM | DOLE
TUESDAY, OCT. 16 | 2:30 PM | DOLE

Hawaii Premiere
DIRECTOR: Paolo Taviani, Vittorio Taviani
CAST: Giovanni Arcuri, Antonio Frasca, Cosimo Rega, Salvatore Striano
WINNER: Golden Bear, Best Film, Berlin International Film Festival

The performance of Shakespeare’s Julius Caesar comes to an end and the performers are rewarded with rapturous applause. The lights go out; the actors leave the stage and return to their cells. They are all inmates of the Roman maximum security prison Rebibbia. One of them comments: ‘Ever since I discovered art this cell has truly become a prison’.

Filmmakers Paolo and Vittorio Taviani spent six months following rehearsals for this stage production; their film demonstrates how the universality of Shakespeare’s language helps the actors to understand their roles and immerse themselves in the bard’s interplay of friendship and betrayal, power, dishonesty and violence. This documentary does not dwell on the crimes these men have committed in their ‘real’ lives; rather, it draws parallels between this classical drama and the world of today, describes the commitment displayed by all those involved and shows how their personal hopes and fears also flow into the performance.

After the premiere the cell doors slam shut behind Caesar, Brutus and the others. These men all feel proud and strangely touched, as if the play has somehow revealed to them the depths of their own personal history.

MONDAY, OCT. 14 | 5:00 PM | DOLE
TUESDAY, OCT. 16 | 1:00 PM | DOLE

Hawaii Premiere
DIRECTOR: Noemie LvovskyPRODUCERS: Philippe Carcassonne, Jean-Louis Livi
CAST: Mathieu Amalric, Samir Guesmi, Yolande Moreau, Denis Podalyes, Michel Vuillermoz
WINNER: Prix SACD, Director’s Fortnight, Festival de Cannes 2012

Noemie Lvovsky’s ebullient twist on the comedy of remarriage transposes Frances Ford Coppola’s PEGGY SUE GOT MARRIED to present day France, which means that when the titular Camille –who’s in the throes of divorcing her husband of 25 years– passes out drunk, she wakes up as a high school senior in the mid-1980s (leg warmers, “Walking on Sunshine” on the turntable, and no cell phones in sight).

Lvovsky is hilarious and touchingly vulnerable as Camille. Hard as she tries to avoid the classmate (Samir Guesmi) who she knows will become her first love, her husband, and the father of her daughter, and who will ditch her after she turns 40, she nevertheless winds up in his arms. Her double take, just before their lips meet for a first kiss the second time around, is indescribably delicious. In the tiny role of a watchmaker who may have set Camille’s time travel in motion, New Wave icon Jean-Pierre Leaud is perfect.   –NYFF

FRIDAY, OCT. 12 | 6:00 PM | DOLE
TUESDAY, OCT. 16 | 3:15 PM | DOLE

DIVA (France)
Hawaii Premiere
DIRECTOR: Jean-Jacques Beineix
CAST: Frederic Andrei, Richard Bohringer, Wilhelmenia Fernandez
Special 30th Anniversary Restored Digital Print

The diva of the title is a famous black opera singer (Wilhelmina Wiggins-Fernandez) who steadfastly refuses to be recorded. The singer is idolized by young French mail-carrier Jules (Frederic Andrei), who sneaks a tape recorder into the theater and records her performance. This is witnessed by a pair of Taiwanese criminals, who unlike Andrei wish to profit from the bootlegged recording. They begin to pursue the boy, as do a couple of home-grown hooligans who believe that Jules is in possession of some murder evidence.

The serpentine plot leads to a warm friendship between Jules and the reclusive diva - and to a brilliantly photographed (by Philipe Rousselot) motorcycle chase through the subway tunnels of Paris. DIVA marked the directorial debut of Jean-Jacques Beineix, whose obvious fondness for the more esoteric techniques of the Nouvelle Vague never impedes his willingness to simply entertain his audiences.
-Hal Erickson

MONDAY, OCT. 15 | 6:45 PM | DOLE

QUARTET (United Kingdom)
DIRECTOR: Dustin Hoffman
CAST: Billy Connolly, Michael Gambon, Maggie Smith

Dustin Hoffman makes his directorial debut with this British Film adapted by Ronald Harwood (THE PIANIST, THE DIVING BELL AND THE BUTTERFLY) from his own play.

The plot centres around a retirement home for opera singers where three residents, Wilf (Billy Connolly), Reggie (Tom Courtenay) and Cissy (Pauline Collins), attempt to put on a concert to celebrate Verdi’s birthday. The concert is thrown into disarray when Reggie’s ex-wife and former grande dame of opera, Jean (Maggie Smith), arrives at the home. This will be Hoffman’s first project since his HBO series LUCK.

THURSDAY, OCT. 18 | 6:00 PM | DOLE
FRIDAY, OCT. 19 | 4:00 PM | DOLE

REALITY (Italy, France)
Hawaii Premiere
DIRECTOR: Matteo Garrone
CAST: Aniello Arena, Loredana Simioli, Nando Paone, Nello Iorio, Nunzia Schiano
WINNER: Grand Prix, Festival de Cannes 2012

Luciano (Aniello Arena) is a garrulous fishmonger and low-level scam artist from Naples who sees himself as a bit of a turn. In the film’s opening scene, a Big Fat Neapolitan Wedding complete with doves, swans and enough bronze confetti to choke up a jet engine, he dresses as a drag queen to amuse the happy couple, but they’re considerably more impressed by the appearance of Enzo (Raffaele Ferrante), a former contestant on Italian Big Brother, who quickly meets and greets the couple before departing in a helicopter.

Luciano correctly surmises that Enzo is no more entertaining than he is, so when Big Brother auditions are held in a local shopping center he decides to give it a shot. The audition is a success, and after being called to a second casting in Rome, Luciano becomes convinced that he will be chosen as one of the elect.

SUNDAY, OCT. 14 | 12:00 PM | DOLE
TUESDAY, OCT. 16 | 1:00 PM | DOLE

A ROYAL AFFAIR (Denmark, Germany, Sweden, Czech Republic)
Hawaii Premiere
DIRECTOR: Nikolaj Arcel
CAST: Mads Mikkelsen, Alicia Vikander, Mikkel Folsgaard, Trine Dyrholm, 
WINNER: Best Actor and Best Screenplay, Berlin International Film Festival 2012

Winner of the Best Screenplay and Best Actor prizes at the Berlin Film Festival, this sumptuous period drama is the true story of an ordinary man who wins a queen’s heart and starts a revolution. At its centre is an intriguing love triangle between Danish King Christian VII (Mikkel Folsgaard); Struensee (Mads Mikkelsen), man of the Enlightenment; and young Queen Caroline Mathilda (Alicia Vikander).

Caroline discovers that her new husband is an imbecile, prone to juvenile behavior while leaving matters of state to a Council, which ignores sweeping changes in Europe and favors the aristocracy over the poor. On a European tour, Christian meets and hires the German doctor Struensee, who begins promoting his progressive ideas in Denmark. In the queen he finds an ideological ally and a lover, but they soon find that their affair provides powerful ammunition for their enemies.

TUESDAY, OCT. 16 | 6:15 PM | DOLE

Hawaii Premiere
DIRECTOR: Jacques Audiard
CAST: Marion Cotillard, Matthias Schoenaerts, Armand Verdure, Celine Sallette,  Corinne Masiero, Bouli Lanners, Jean-Michel Correia
OFFICIAL SELECTION:  Festival de Cannes 2012, Telluride Film Festival 2012, Toronto 2012

Ali, a man of formidable size and strength, gets a job as a bouncer in a nightclub. He comes to the aid of Stephanie (Marion Cotillard) during a nightclub brawl. Aloof and beautiful, Stephanie seems unattainable, but in his frank manner Ali leaves her his phone number anyway.

Stephanie trains orca whales at Marineland. When a performance ends in tragedy, a call in the night again brings them together. When Ali sees her next, Stephanie is confined to a wheelchair: she has lost her legs and quite a few illusions.

Ali’s direct, unpitying physicality becomes Stephanie’s lifeline, but Ali too is transformed by Stephanie’s tough resilience. And Stephanie comes alive again. As their stories intersect and diverge, they navigate a world where strength, beauty, youth and blood are commodities— but where trust, truth, loyalty and love cannot be bought and sold, and courage comes in many forms.


SISTER (France, Switzerland)
Hawaii Premiere
DIRECTOR: Ursula Meier
CAST: Lea Seydoux, Kacey Mottet Klein, Martin Compston, Gillian Anderson, Jean-Francois Stevenin
WINNER: Silver Bear, Best Director, Berlin International Film Festival 2012

Every day, twelve-year-old Simon takes the cable car up to the mountains where the slopes bristle with the hustle and bustle of winter season tourists. He pokes about in hotel wardrobes and changing rooms looking for something to eat in rucksacks, but what he’s really after are skis that he can turn into cash. Whenever he talks to holidaymakers or hotel staff, he tells them that his parents died in a car accident and that he lives alone with his sister. Louis, the young woman who lives in the apartment in the valley has no idea what Simon gets up to all day long. Their odd relationship alternates between quarrels and tenderness.

Ursula Meier sets her second feature-length drama against the backdrop of a popular tourist destination in the Alps. From the broad, anonymous mass of people, she has distilled the story of one child who believes he has found a way to offset his breadline existence. This portrait of a boy on the brink of puberty, poised between deceit and an unquenchable need for love and tenderness, is at the same time an exploration of the contradictions and hidden depths of an ostensibly prosperous world.

SATURDAY, OCT. 13 | 7:00 PM | DOLE
TUESDAY, OCT. 16 | 1:30 PM | DOLE

Luxury Row presents EuroCinema Hawai'i 2012 sponsors include:
Luxury Row

Hawai'i Tourism Authority

HI Luxury Magazine

Moana Surfrider  - A Westin Resort and Spa

Young's Market Company of Honolulu

Jaguar of Honolulu

Mercedes Benz of Honolulu


Tiffany & Co.

Hawaiian Airlines

About EuroCinema Hawai’i

Founded and incorporated in 2009, EuroCinema Hawai'i is dedicated to the advancement of understanding among and cultural exchange between the peoples of Europe and Hawai'i through the medium of film, and, equally important to the financial support of student filmmakers in Hawaii.  
EuroCinema is a year round endeavor which, in addition to our annual film festival, sponsors intimate "ECH Salons"  - cultural exchanges designed to bring our community together with special guest speakers and events. 
Our annual EuroCinema 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, Best Student Film, as well as the categories of Best Director, Best Actress and Best Actor.

Each year, EuroCinema holds an Awards Gala.  The 2012 Awards Gala is presented by our title sponsor, Luxury Row.  Luxury Row is a shopping destination in Waikiki offering one of the finest collections of luxury brands in the world, with international retailers including Chanel, Gucci, Yves Saint Laurent, Coach, Tiffany & Co., Tod's, Bottega Veneta, and Hugo Boss. 
The 2012 gala will be held at the historic Moana Surfrider Hotel, A Westin Resort and Spa on Friday, October 19.  With a red carpet event emulating a bit of the promenade de la croisette of the Cannes Film Festival Awards are given for Best Film, Best Director, Best Actress and Best Actor, as well as Best Student Film.
Please visit www.eurocinemahawaii.org for more information.

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EuroCinema Hawai’i Board of Directors
Princess Dialta Alliata di Montereale
Craig Anderson
Silvia Bizio
Cliff Colvin
Carmen Di Amore
Jefferson Finney
Patrick Gey
Terry Hubbard
Liz Kawananakoa
Chris Lee
Marchese Duccio Kaumuali'i Marignoli
Guido Carlo Pigliasco
Alice Robinson
Kelly Sanders
Molly Watanabe
Wanda Watumull



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