2014 HIFF SPRING OPENING NIGHT FILM
ON MY WAY (ELLE S'EN VA)
Directed by: Emmanuelle Bercot
Opening Night Film
April 4, 2014 at 6:30 PM
Bettie (Catherine Deneuve) is a former beauty queen in her sixties. She runs a local bistro and lives with her elderly mother, with whom she enjoys a spiritedly dysfunctional relationship. It is from her that she learns the humiliating news that her married lover has left his wife for another, younger woman. The next day, still upset by the revelation, she gets into her car and starts driving. With nods to Truffaut, Techine and Dupeyron, ON MY WAY is a love letter to screen icon Deneuve, although director Emmanuelle Bercot doesn't let her obvious infatuation distract, grounding the film in a verite style and employing a contemporary soundtrack to reflect Bettie's resilience and capacity for joy. Deneuve proves herself more than worthy of the tribute, delivering a deeply compassionate portrayal of a mature woman who chooses one last shot at love and happiness over a lifetime of nostalgia and regret.
2013 AWARDS WINNERSBEST FILMTHE PRINCESS DIALTA ALLIATA DI MONTEREALE AWARD FOR BEST FILM went to a Belgian-Dutch coproduction, BROKEN CIRCLE BREAKDOWN, by director Felix Van Groeningen. BEST DIRECTORThe award for BEST DIRECTOR went to BERNARDO BERTOLUCCI for his film from Italy, Me and You. BEST ACTRESSThe award for BEST ACTRESS went to PAULINA GARCIA for her performance in the Spanish-Chilean coproduction, Gloria. BEST ACTORThe award for BEST ACTOR went to LUCA BARBARESCHI for his performance in the Italian film, Something Good. BEST STUDENT FILMIn addition, the jury judged films made by students from the University of Hawai‘i’s Academy for Creative Media. The award for BEST STUDENT FILM went to LITTLE GIRLS’ WAR CRY, directed by Erin Lau.
2013 AWARDS GALA CEREMONY PHOTOS[At the Moana Surfrider a Westin Resort and Spa Waikiki Friday, October 18 2013] Chuck Boller , HIFF's Executive Director, introduced the Princess Dialta Alliata di Montereale Award for Best Film - Daniel Dae Kim presented the EuroCinema Hawaii 2013 Rising Star Award to Harry Shum Jr.
PHOTOS BY MARC ORBITO