The Golden Orchid is bestowed upon the narrative and documentary films that best express artistic and technical excellence and promote cross-cultural understanding. Each nominated film furthers the Hawaii International Film Festival mandate to entertain, enlighten and empower. An international jury will selected films that articulate this manifesto consistent with the cross-pollination of words, ideas and images that comprise the kinetic and visceral power of film.
The Halekulani Golden Orchid for Best Narrative Feature was awarded to director Shim Sung-bo for his the film, HAEMOO.
“Haemoo is a powerhouse debut from director Shim Sung-bo, who shows enormous potential for raising even further the profile of Asian and Pacific Rim cinema on the world stage. This is a visually arresting, riveting and compelling film, which displays both technical excellence, and a strong emotional core. The film simultaneously addresses universal questions of human nature and morality, and more specific issues, such as corruption, economic inequality and immigration.” said jurors. “With its strong commercial appeal, Haemoo is in the position to raise consciousness about human trafficking, its causes and terrible consequences.”
HAEMOO is also South Korea’s official entry for the Best Foreign Language Film Oscar®.
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Director Ana Lily Amirpour and actress Sheila Vand also received ‘special mentions’ for their work in “A Girl Walks Alone Home At Night,” arguably the first Iranian vampire movie.
The fest also bestowed a Golden Orchid for best feature documentary to “We Are the Giant,” US filmmaker Greg Barker’s picture about popular uprisings around the world.
The NETPAC award for emerging filmmakers was bestowed on Indian helmer Kanu Behl’s gritty crime drama “Titli.”
Launched in 1981 by Jeannette Paulson Hereniko, HIFF was the first U.S. festival to focus on Asian cinema. Today HIFF’s programming mix of nearly 150 features, documentaries and shorts still has a strong Asian coloration, but also includes local, U.S., European and other non-Asian films.
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