The Hawaii International Film Festival 2012 has officially begun! Thursday October 11th was the first of the festival’s ten days.
The Australian movie “The Sapphires” had the honors of being this year’s Opening Night Film. “The Sapphires” is a movie based on true events from 1968, about four Aboriginal girls who starts a band and heads to Vietnam to entertain American soldiers during the Vietnam War. You can check out the trailer of the movie here.
It was a full house and a good mood amongst the audience as the lights went off in the theatre. The good mood had reached new heights as the lights were turned back on, and the screening of the movie was done. People were applauding and singing along to the credits, and it was obvious that Opening Night Film had been an success.
Executive Director of Hawaii International Film Festival, Chuck Boller, was very pleased with the festival’s opening night and gave a lot of credits to the movie chosen to start it all.
– “The Sapphires” is the perfect opening film! It is a broad crowd pleaser, and it gives the festival a real opening buzz. I notice now as people are leaving the screening that they are all inn a very good mood, so hopefully they are going to spread the word that “Hey, HIFF is here!”.
Boller also says that the decision of having”The Sapphires” as opening film wasn’t exactly a coincidence.
– This is a feel good movie, and that is exactly what I wanted to open the festival with. Besides by being a feel good movie, it is also based on true events about history and racism. It also has comedy and fantastic musical acts. It fits so many criteria.
And with the Opening Night being a huge success, Boller’s expectations for the rest of the festival is even bigger.
– I have great expectations for the rest of the festival! This was a very, very good start, but I’m sure that it will get even better. There are so many things to look forward to, both movies and other events. I can’t wait! People often assume that I’m looking forward to the end of the festival, so I can get some rest. I’m not gonna lie, it’s exhausting. But it is so much fun! I wish I could last forever.