Hawai'i European Cinema Announces Film Line-Up for 8th Annual Festival and Renews Free Community Screenings



MARCH 24 - 26, 2017


Honolulu, HI (February 1, 2017) Hawai`i European Cinema Film Festival (HEC), presented by LUXURY ROW and in partnership with Consolidated Ward Theatres with TITAN XC, is pleased to announce its 2017 film programming and its renewed commitment to present complimentary community screenings in celebration of the arts. Hawai`i European Cinema Film Festival will take place March 24-26, 2017 with its starlit red carpet awards gala to be held on Friday, March 31, 2017 at The Moana Surfrider, A Westin Resort & Spa.

As part of the HEC’s mission to share the culture of Europe through film, all screenings as part of the 2017 festival, are offered free to the community. Reserved seating is scheduled to be released at the end of February at http://www.hawaiieuropeancinema.org. Please note: a nominal service charge will cover theater-ticketing operations only. The following celebrated European films were secured by Festival/Programming Director, Brent Anbe:

FRIDAY | MARCH 24, 2017

(listed in order of screening times, subject to change and additions)

THE COMMUNE (Kollektivet)
Denmark/ Sweden/ Netherlands  | 111min | Dramedy
Directed by: Thoma Vinterberg
Friday, March 24 | Consolidated Ward Theatres with TITAN XC

The new film from Danish auteur Thomas Vinterberg (The Hunt, The Celebration) focuses on a middle-aged professional couple in 1970s Denmark who decide to experiment with communal living by inviting a group of friends and random eccentrics to cohabit with them in a sprawling house – TIFF



UK | 100 min | Drama

Directed by: Ken Loach
Friday, March 24 | Consolidated Ward Theatres with TITAN XC

Palme d’Or winner for Best Feature Film at the Cannes Film Festival: A middle-aged carpenter, who requires state welfare after injuring himself, is joined by a single mother in a similar scenario. - IMDB



(listed in order of screening times, subject to change and additions)

THE STUDENT ((M)uchenik)
Russia | 118 min | Drama
Directed by: Kirill Serebrennikov

Saturday, March 25 | Consolidated Ward Theatres with TITAN XC

Contemporary Russia.  A high school student becomes convinced that the world has been lost to evil, and begins to challenge the morals and beliefs of the adults around him. – IMDB





DEATH IN SARAJEVO  (Smrt u Sarajevu)

Bosnia | 84 min | Political Thriller
Directed by: Danis Tanovic

Saturday, March 25 | Consolidated Ward Theatres with TITAN XC

Bosnia Entry for Best Foreign Language Film: The major hotel Europe in Sarajevo will receive an important visit on the anniversary of the assassination of Archduke Franz Ferdinand, attack that triggered World War. As the manager of the place waiting to Jacques, a special French guest, workers in the kitchen preparing a strike because they have spent months without pay and journalist records a television show on the roof. -  IMDB


SUNDAY | MARCH 26, 2017

(listed in order of screening times, subject to change and additions)

Belgium | 87 min | Documentary
Directed by: Pieter-Jan De Pue
Sunday, March 26 | Consolidated Ward Theatres with TITAN XC

A gang of Afghan kids from the Kuchi tribe dig out old Soviet mines and sell the explosives to children working in a lapis lazuli mine. When not dreaming of the time when American troops finally withdraw from their land, another gang of children keeps tight control on the caravans smuggling the blue gemstones through the arid mountains of Pamir. - IMDB


France | 83 min | Musical
Directed by: Paul Calori and Kostia Testut
Sunday, March 26 | Consolidated Ward Theatres with TITAN XC

La La Land isn't the only retro movie musical making a song and dance about. To be sure, the continentals do things slightly differently. After last year's well-received Belgian Rhapsody, we bring you another romantic musical comedy treating social issues. Inspired by the films of Jacques Demy and Stanley Donen, the whimsical Julie and the Shoe Factory centers on a practical young woman whose dreams of financial stability are threatened when it seems that the luxury shoe factory where she has recently started to work will be sold and the business moved off shore. Palm Springs Intl FF

I WHO ONLY LOVE YOU (Io che amo solo te)
Italy | 102 min | Romantic Comedy
Directed by: Marco Ponti
Sunday, March 26 | Consolidated Ward Theatres with TITAN XC

Fifty-five year old Ninella has a big love, don Mimì, the man she hadn't been allowed to marry. But fate offers her an unexpected gift: her daughter gets engaged with none other than the son of the man she had always coveted, and the two youths soon decide to unite in Holy Matrimony.  With irony and sentiment, it is an adventurous exploration of love - love that arrives – or returns – when least expected, puts you back in the game and then takes you where it wills. Like the Mistral wind which accompanies the three days of this story against the backdrop of an Apulia where ancient values still reign amidst breathtaking beauty.



France | 102 min | Drama
Directed by:  Mia Hansen-Løve
Sunday, March 26 | Consolidated Ward Theatres with TITAN XC

Starring Isabelle Huppert and award wining ELLE. Nathalie teaches philosophy at a high school in Paris. She is passionate about her job and particularly enjoys passing on the pleasure of thinking. Married with two children, she divides her time between her family, former students and her very possessive mother. One day, Nathalie's husband announces he is leaving her for another woman. With freedom thrust upon her, Nathalie must reinvent her life. - IMDB


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Hawai`i European Cinema Film Festival is led in collaboration by an executive committee, esteemed industry board members and honorable contracted consultants:

Executive Committee:

  • Patrick Gey: President
  • Chris Lee: Vice President, Educational Outreach
  • Kelly Sanders: Vice President
  • Zinc Lin: Treasurer
  • Jill Kuramoto: Secretary and Guest Relations Manager

Board Members:

  • Princess Dialta Alliata di Montereale: Film Festival Founder
  • Wanda Watumull: Director of Hospitality
  • Carmen DiAmore Siah: Legal Council 
  • Guido Carlo Pigliasco, J.D. PH.D
  • 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
  • Jon Duarte: Marketing and Branding

Film Festival Consultants:

  • Brent Anbe: Film Festival and Programing Director
  • Peter Savasta and Dana Abdinoor: Website and Ticketing
  • Terry Hubbard: Creative

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. The festival presents awards in the following categories:

  • “Princess Dialta Alliata di Montereale Best Film Award”
  • “The Sunny Dupree Family Foundation Student Filmmaker Awards and Scholarships” for Hawaii-based student filmmakers

Hawai`i European Cinema is grateful to its’ loyal sponsors:

Presenting Sponsor:

Luxury Row

Major Sponsors:

Dr. Lawrence K.W. Tseu

Moana Surfrider, A Westin Resort & Spa

Hawaii Tourism Authority

Hawaiian Airlines


Supporting Sponsors:

Consolidated Theatres Ward with TITAN XC

Hollywood Foreign Press Association

Sunny DuPree Family Foundation

Vittorio Alliata di Montereale

Hawaii Life One (HL1) & Christie’s

Galleria Allegra Ravizza

Moet & Chandon

Hawaii News Now

Southern Wine & Spirits


About Hawaii European Cinema

Founded and Incorporated as a 501c3 in 2009, Hawai`i 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 Hawai`i European Cinema annually showcases the very 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 to accomplish and pursue the development of HEC for what it must be tomorrow.” said Patrick Gey, President of Hawai`i European Cinema.

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