Hawaii European Cinema Adds Newly-Restored Opening Film "Repulsion" to Festival Line-Up: October 16-24, 2015



OCTOBER 16-24, 2015 ~


Honolulu, HI (October 6, 2015)Hawai`i European Cinema Film Festival (HEC), presented by LUXURY ROW and in partnership with CONSOLIDATED THEATRES at Ward Stadium and Kahala, is delighted to announce that an additional Catherine Deneuve film has been added to open the highly anticipated festival on October 16, 2015. The complete screening schedule is listed below and available online at (http://hecff.gala-engine.com/2015/all-films-events/). Within hours of the festival’s initial announcement, five of its featured films Sold Out. Vice President Chris Lee, Festival Director Brent Anbe and programming consultant, Maggie Mackay were able to secure British Deneuve film, REPULSION to delight the popularity and demand of HEC film fans.

As part of the HEC’s mission to share the culture of Europe through film, all screenings as part of the 2015 festival, are offered complimentary to the community. Seats must be reserved at: http://hecff.gala-engine.com/2015/all-films-events/. Please note: a nominal service charge will cover theater-ticketing operations only.


Hawaii European Cinema continues its tradition of showcasing film classics. For its 2015 festival, HEC is pleased to open its film line-up with a screening of the 50th Anniversary restored version of Catherine Deneuve's breakthrough performance in Roman Polanski's classic thriller, Repulsion."


UK | 105 min | Thriller
Director: Roman Polanski 
Friday, October 16 | 245pm | Consolidated Ward Theatres
Catherine Deneuve Retrospective Film

In Roman Polanski's first English-language film, beautiful young manicurist Carole (Catherine Deneuve) suffers from androphobia (the pathological fear of interaction with men). When her sister and roommate, Helen (Yvonne Furneaux), leaves their London flat to go on an Italian holiday with her married boyfriend (Ian Hendry), Carole withdraws into her apartment. She begins to experience frightful hallucinations, her fear gradually mutating into madness.


FRANCE | 95 min | Drama
Director: Stephane Brize 
Friday, October 16 | 510pm | Consolidated Ward Theatres

After being out of work for twenty years, fifty-one-year-old Thierry starts a new job. He is soon confronted by a moral dilemma: to keep his job, should he accept everything that is asked of him?


UK | 113 min | Drama
Presented by: HI LUXURY
Director: Justin Kurzel
Friday, October 16 | 730pm | Consolidated Ward Theatres

From the producers of THE KING’S SPEECH comes the story of a fearless Scottish General, Macbeth (Michael Fassbender), whose ambitious wife (Marion Cotillard) urges him to use wicked means to gain power of the throne.  A thrilling interpretation of one of Shakespeare’s most famous and compelling characters, MACBETH is a dramatic reimagining of the realities of war-torn times and a tale of all-consuming passion and ambition.



UK/ROMANIA/GERMANY | 80 min | Documentary
Director: Ilinca Calugareanu 
Saturday, October 17 | 2pm | Consolidated Ward Theatres

In 1980s Romania, thousands of Western films such as action films featuring Chuck Norris and Jean-Claude Van Damme smashed through the Iron Curtain opening a window into the free world for those who dared to look. A black-market VHS racketeer and a courageous female translator brought the magic of film to the people and sparked a revolution.


GERMANY 2015 | 138 min | Drama
Director: Sebasitan Schipper
Saturday, October 17 | 4pm | Consolidated Ward Theatres

On a night out in Berlin, Victoria, a runaway party girl, meets three young men outside a club. What starts as a wild night of partying, quickly turns into a nightmare when Victoria finds herself in the middle of a bank robbery. Shot in one-take, this truly innovative film is a must-see for all film buffs.


***Filmmakers Sasha Krane and Katharine McEwan will be in attendance.***

UK 2015 | 90 min | Drama
Director: Sasha Krane 
Saturday, October 17 | 7pm | Consolidated Ward Theatres
Director an and Writer/Actor in attendance.

When party-girl Nora is forced to move back home with her aging father, it seems life can’t get any worse. But inside her childhood home, the ghosts of her past begin to haunt her until the secret she has buried for so long is finally revealed. Centered around a terrible mistake and a shocking confession, SOLITARY takes an unflinching look at the price one family pays when they sacrifice the truth for an illusion.



ITALY/ ALBANIA 2015| 84 min | Drama
Director: Laura Bispuri
Sunday, October 18 | 3pm | Consolidated Ward Theatres

Hana Doda, still a girl, escapes from her destiny of being a wife and a servant, a future imposed on women in remote village life in Albania through an old Kanun traditional law. Hana takes an oath of eternal virginity for the chance to bear a rifle and live free as men. For the villagers, Hana becomes Mark, a “sworn virgin.”


ITALY 2014| 106 min | Comedy
Director: Riccardo Milani
Sunday, October 18 | 5pm | Consolidated Ward Theatres

After a series of professional triumphs abroad Serena decides to return and work in Italy because she lover her home country.  Meanwhile she meets Francesco (Raoul Bova – UNDER THE TUSCAN SUN).  Handsome and charming.  The ideal Partner.  Except that he’s not interested in women… Or so it seems.


FRANCE 2014| 108 min | Psychological Thriller
Director: Francois Ozon
Sunday, October 18 | 730pm | Consolidated Ward Theatres

From the visionary mind of François Ozon comes this one-of-a-kind gender-bending melodrama, which both shocks and delights in equal measure. After mourning the loss of Laura, the soft-spoken Claire comes across Laura’s husband David dressed head-to-toe in his wife’s clothes. Unsure whether his new guise is the result of foul play, she threatens to reveal David to Laura’s family. But the more time she spends with him, the more Claire becomes seduced by his beautiful new incarnation. As the two become inseparable, Claire wonders whether she is falling for David’s alter ego, or perhaps a part of Laura’s resurrected soul.



PREMIERE AND Q&A WITH GUEST OF HONOR CATHERINE DENEUVE. MODERATED BY BARRY SABATH (Barry has conducted all of the festival’s Master Classes, including the restored version of Deneuve's Umbrella of Cherbourg.)

FRANCE 2014| 108 min | Drama
Director: Emmanuelle Bercot
Sunday, October 18 | 2pm | Consolidated Ward Theatres

A coming-of-age story centered on Malony. Abandoned by his mother at the age of 6, he is constantly in and out of juvenile court. An adoptive family grows around this young delinquent: Florence (Catherine Deneuve), a juvenile judge nearing retirement, and Yann (Benoît Magimel), a caseworker and himself the survivor of a very difficult childhood. Together they follow the boy’s journey and try unfailingly to save him. Then Malony is sent to a stricter educational center, where he meets Tess, a very special young girl who will show him that there are reasons for hope.

About Barry Sabath:

BARRY SABATH is a seasoned film producer, film executive and film professor. He has worked with some of Hollywood's most respected talent as well as an exciting new generation of award-winning filmmakers and writers. Currently at the American Film Institute, he has held posts as both a studio production executive and a studio-based producer at Tri-Star, Columbia, Fox, and Disney.

The Iconic Red Carpet of Waikiki and the Hawai`i European Cinema Awards Gala on Friday, October 23, 2015:

Inspired by the world's most prestigious red carpets and the spirit of the Croisette at the Cannes Film Festival, Hawai`i European Cinema, Hawaii's European Film Festival, will once again transform Waikiki's Kalakaua Avenue fronting the timeless and iconic entrance of the Moana Surfrider, A Westin Resort and Spa. This iconic gala has become notarized as Hawaii's most anticipated, sophisticated and glamorous evening of the year. On Friday, October 23rd HEC will welcome royalty, dignitaries, celebrities, filmmakers, philanthropists, designers and the who's-who of Hawaii. The starry spotlight illuminates the Hawaii`i European Cinema Awards Gala, the quintessential celebration of fine wine, cuisine, culture and films - intertwined like a mesmerizing European story in paradise. The evening will be hosted by Mahealani Richardson and Ryan Kalei Tsuji.

Schedule of the Gala is as follows:

  • 5:00p.m. - 7:00p.m: Signature Red Carpet Arrivals & No-Host Foyer Champagne with DJ JEM.
  • 7:00p.m. - 10:00p.m: Cocktails, Paparazzi & Awards Program on the Diamond Lawn featuring cuisine by Azure, MW Restaurant, Stage, Taormina and Tiki’s Bar & Grill. DJ Michael Fong.
  • 10:00p.m. – Midnight: party and sweet delights in the Grand Salon hosted by The Moana Surfrider
  • Complimentary valet available.
  • Gala tickets are available for $150 per person at http://hecff.gala-engine.com/2015/events/hawaii-european-cinema-awards-gala/. Please note that $107 is tax deductible.

The 6th annual Hawaii European Cinema Film Festival is led in collaboration by an executive committee, esteemed industry board members and honorable contracted consultants:

Executive Committee and Board Members:

  • Patrick Gey: President
  • Chris Lee: Vice President
  • Kelly Sanders: Vice President & Director of Hospitality
  • Carmen DiAmore-Siah: Treasurer and Secretary

Board Members:

  • Princess Dialta Alliata di Montereale: Founder
  • Jack Endo
  • Guido Carlo Pigliasco, J.D., PH.D: Director of Foreign Affairs
  • Wanda Watumull: Director of Promotions & Hospitality
  • Aida Takla-O’Reilly (LA based): Director of National and Foreign Press Relations. She has been a member of the Hollywood Foreign Press Association since 1956, and has the distinction of having served as its President for four years.
  • Erika Kauffman (LA based): Director of Public Relations

Film Festival Consultants:

  • Neil Abercrombie, Former Governor of Hawaii
  • Brent Anbe: Film Festival Director
  • Maggie Mackay: Programming
  • Andrea Galvin
  • Peter Savasta
  • Sam Bui
  • Ajax Maharlika
  • Kelsey Faamausili  

Hawai`i European Cinema, welcoming celebrities from around the world, features an array of premiere screenings highlighting European films and culminates in Honolulu’s most glamorous black tie party of the year. This year, the festival will present three awards in the following categories:

  • “The Christina Hassell Lifetime Achievement Award”
  • “The Sunny Dupree Family Foundation Production Scholarship” for film students of the Academy for Creative Media at University of Hawaii, Manoa.
  • Princess Dialta Alliata di Montereale “Independent Filmmakers Award”

Hawai`i European Cinema is honored to continue its elite partnership with its loyal sponsors for the 2015 Film Festival:

Presenting Sponsor: 


Supporting Sponsors:

  • Hawaii Tourism Authority
  • Consolidated Theatres at Ward Stadium and Kahala 8
  • The Moana Surfrider, A Westin Resort & Spa
  • Hawaiian Airlines
  • Moet & Chandon
  • Southern Wine and Spirits
  • Christina Hassell
  • Sunny DuPree Family Foundation
  • V.I.P Trans Hawaii

About Hawaii European Cinema

Founded and Incorporated as a 501c3 in 2009, Hawaii European Cinema is dedicated to cultural exchanges between the people of Europe and Hawai'i through film and to providing financial support to Hawaii-based creative media students.  Our Hawaii European Cinema annually showcases the very latest and best films of Europe. French director Jean Cocteau quotes, “Il faut faire aujourd’hui ce que tout le monde fera demain” - "Today we must do what everyone will do tomorrow”. It will be my mission this year to accomplish and pursue the development Hawaii European Cinema for what it must be tomorrow.” said Patrick Gey, President of Hawaii European Cinema.