Variety reports, in an exclusive, that Asian American stars Steven Yeun (THE WALKING DEAD, BURNING, SORRY TO BOTHER YOU) and Awkwafina (CRAZY RICH ASIANS, OCEAN’S 8) will be honored at the upcoming 38th Hawaii International Film Festival, scheduled for November 8 through 18. Both actors will receive the Halekulani Maverick Award, given to artists who carve a unique career trajectory, are risk takers and vacillate between mainstream fandom and arthouse cinema.
In addition, the Festival will also honor Hong Kong director Wong Kar-wai as this year’s Filmmaker In Focus. A retrospective of Wong’s works—CHUNGKING EXPRESS, HAPPY TOGETHER, IN THE MOOD FOR LOVE—are considered gateways to Asian and international cinematic appreciation for cineastes of a certain generation (Gen-X primarily).
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Zhang Yimou’s “Shadow,” is named as the opening film. And Peter Farrelly’s “The Green Book,” which earned the audience award in Toronto, is set as the festival’s centerpiece screening.
Other highlights include “Roma,” directed Alfonso Cuaron; “If Beale Street Could Talk,” directed by Barry Jenkins; Iranian director Asghar Farhadi’s Spain-set thriller “Everybody Knows,” starring Javier Bardem and Penelope Cruz; and Natalie Portman’s “Vox Lux,” directed by Brady Corbet.
The closing night presentation is the world premiere of Hawaiian feature documentary “Moananuiakea: One Ocean. One People. One Canoe,” directed by Na’alehu Anthony. This film looks at the latest worldwide voyage of Hpkule?a, four decades after its maiden voyage sparked the Hawaiian Renaissance and inspired a new generation of navigators and voyagers to sail beyond the horizon of the Pacific.
HIFF Executive Director Beckie Stocchetti says,“Evolving with new programs supporting student voices, civic engagement, and a brand new Virtual Reality exhibit, HIFF continues to grow and celebrate the achievements in cinema with breakout stars such as Awkwafina, and legendary filmmakers such as Wong Kar Wai.”
To see the full lineup of films and events, head over to the HIFF website.