The 35th Annual Hawaii International Film Festival is over, and I have had a great time. I’m glad I got the opportunity to participate in the festival, which was presented by Halekulani and ran from November 12th to November 22th.
I attended the screenings of three films, 45 years, Throuple and Pali Road. I also watched the short film Technical Difficulties of Intimacy, and attended Q&A at the premiere of Pali Road.
In the beginning of the festival, I wanted to see Foodies, a Swedish documentary about food, but then I got the flu. Instead I ended up being 45 years, which I chose for no particular reason. It was not my favorite film though.
I had higher expectations to Throuple and Pali Road, because I had watched the trailers and read the previews. Those films are both filmed in Hawaii (Oahu and Big Island), so that made the experience of watching the films even better. For me personally, the highlight of the festival was watching Pali Road without knowing all of the actors were present. It was pretty awesome watching the film, and then suddenly all the actors (and director) pops up for a Q&A session.
I went to see the films by myself because my friends had school. In Norway I would never go
to the theatre alone, but at HIFF I actually found myself enjoying going without anyone else. I would highly recommend HIFF to a friend or family member, because there are a variety of films along with a really cool atmosphere. And if you are really lucky, you’ll see some celebrities too. For instance, I sat waiting on the bus stop for the bus to arrive when Jorge Garcia (known from Lost and Hawaii Five-0) walked by. There were no other people at the bus stop, and he kept walking back and forth several times with me sitting there staring at him wondering if it really was him.
So if you’re one of the lucky ones going to HIFF next year, don’t act like me if you see a celebrity. Go ask for a selfie.
Overall, the collaboration was a useful experience, and I especially appreciated watching the local films from Hawaii.