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FirstLight 2016 - Previews & Trailers


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Maui Film Festival lights up the Silver Screen at the Castle Theater with its 18th annual FirstLight: Academy Screenings on Maui, the Festival's Holiday Season Celebration of Cinema featuring Hawaii Premieres and Special Screenings.

Full Schedule will be Announced Soon.

2016 FirstLight: Academy Screenings


Selection of Film Previews
Screening in December 2016


My Life As A Zucchini (NR / 76min)
Dec 13 (Tue) 4:00pm
Castle Theater, MACC
The Music of Strangers (PG-13 / 96min)
Dec 13 (Tue) 5:30pm
Castle Theater, MACC
My Life As A Zucchini Music of Strangers

Winner of the Grand Prize at the world renowned Annecy International Animation Film Festival in France, and called “lovingly told and gorgeously rendered” by the Hollywood Reporter, this tale tells the story of a young boy learning to trust and love, as he searches for a new family.  Switzerland’s Official Submission to the Oscars®.  In French with English subtitles. Courtesy of GKIDS.

Morgan Neville, director of the Oscar®-winning documentary 20 Feet from Stardom, delivers another extraordinary music doc in the story of the renowned international musical collective, created by legendary cellist Yo-Yo Ma, as they explore the power of music to preserve tradition, shape cultural evolution and inspire hope around the world. Courtesy of The Orchard.


La La Land (PG-13 / 128min)
Dec 13 (Tue) 7:30pm
Castle Theater, MACC
Loving (PG-13/123min)
Dec 20 (Tue) 3:00pm
Castle Theater, MACC
La La Land Loving

Emma Stone and Ryan Gosling star and play an aspiring actress and a dedicated jazz musician in this set-in-modern-day-Los Angeles take on the Hollywood musical from Damien Chazelle, the Academy Award-nominated writer and director of Whiplash, that follows an aspiring actress and a dedicated jazz musician trying to make it in the world.  Critically acclaimed beyond words! Courtesy of Lionsgate.

Joel Edgerton and Ruth Negga star in this universally and critically acclaimed celebration of the real-life courage and commitment of Richard and Mildred Loving, an inter-racial couple who fell in love, married in 1958 and had to take a case to the U.S. Supreme Court where their right to marry was upheld and became the foundation of marriage rights for all Americans today. Courtesy of Focus Features.


Neruda (R / 107min)
Dec 20 (Tue) 5:30pm
Castle Theater, MACC
Tanna (NR / 100min)
Dec 20 (Tue) 7:30pm
Castle Theater, MACC
Neruda Tanna

Chile’s Official Oscar® Submission, co-stars Gael Garcia Bernal and Louis Gnecco, and follows the hunt for Nobel Prize-winning Chilean poet and politician Pablo Neruda, who became a fugitive in his home country in the late 1940s for joining the Communist Party.  Variety raved “A stunningly inventive take on the life of a writer.” In Spanish with English subtitles. Courtesy of The Orchard.

Australia’s Official Submission to the Academy Awards®, is the eternal story of young lovers breaking all the rules and risking everything to be together,  It is beautifully told and based on true dramatic events brilliantly recreated by non-professionals drawn from communities whose history is represented on screen.  It is also the first-ever feature shot entirely in the South Pacific nation of Vanuatu.  This tribal time machine of a movie will leave you speechless! Courtesy of Lightyear Entertainment.


  Miss Hokusai (PG-13 / 93min)
Dec 22 (Thu) 5:30pm
Castle Theater, MACC
Happy Holidays Miss Hokusai

 

Japanese animation meets its own origins in this lovingly crafted tale of art and life set in early-18th-century Japan, about legendary artist Katsushika Hokusai, best-known practitioner of paintings and woodblock prints known as ukiyo-e, or “pictures of the floating world”, whose colorful, heavily outlined prints — such as the iconic The Great Wave Off Kanagawa) — are revered worldwide. Courtesy of GKIDS.

 

Seasons (PG / 97min)
Dec 22 (Thu) 7:30pm
Castle Theater, MACC
Nocturnal Animals (R / 115min)
Dec 22 (Thu) 9:30pm
Castle Theater, MACC
Seasons Nocturnal Animals

This amazing new film is an exceptional documentary that reveals the shared history that inextricably binds humankind with the animal kingdom as it vibrantly brings the lush green forests that emerged across Europe following the 80,000 years long Ice Age to life.  From the directors of the Academy Award nominated Winged Migration,  In French with English subtitles. Courtesy of Music Box Films.

Amy Adams and Jake Gyllenhaal star, and Michael Shannon co-stars, in fashion icon and director Tom Ford’s drama, based on Austin Wright’s novel ’Tony and Susan’.  This suspenseful, stunning film focuses on an art gallery owner haunted by her ex-husband’s novel, a violent thriller she interprets as a veiled threat and a symbolic revenge tale. Courtesy of Paramount Pictures.


SPECIAL SURPRISE SCREENING
Dec 23 (Fri) 3:00pm
Castle Theater, MACC
Arrival (PG-13 / 116min)
Dec 23 (Fri) 5:00pm
Castle Theater, MACC
Special Surprise Screening Arrival

Amy Adams, Jeremy Renner and Forest Whitaker star in this enchanting, intimate and moving sci-fi movie infused with plenty of smart ideas and bravura visuals power.  It follows an expert linguist trying to unravel the mystery of why spacecrafts have touched down across the globe.  And, as humankind teeters on the verge of global war, she and her the team race against time for a path to answer this challenge.  But to find them, she will have to take a chance that could threaten her life, and quite possibly humanity too.  Directed by Denis Villeneuve. Courtesy of Paramount Pictures.


Fences (NR / TBA min)
Dec 23 (Fri) 7:30pm
Castle Theater, MACC
Florence Foster Jenkins (PG-13 / 111min)
Dec 27 (Tue) 1:00pm
Castle Theater, MACC
Fences Florence Foster Jenkins

Directed by Denzel Washington from a screenplay by August Wilson, adapted from Wilson's Pulitzer Prize and Tony Award-winning play. The film stars Denzel Washington, Viola Davis, Jovan Adepo, Stephen McKinley Henderson, Russell Hornsby, Mykelti Williamson, and Saniyya Sydney. Variety recently headlined “Denzel Washington, Viola Davis Become Instant Oscar Frontrunners in 'Fences'.” Courtesy of Paramount Pictures.

Meryl Streep and Hugh Grant star, alongside Simon Helberg and Rebecca Ferguson, in this biopic about a wealthy New York heiress who attempts to become an opera singer despite her horrible singing voice.  Directed by  Stephen Frears. Courtesy of Paramount Pictures.


Moonlight (R/110min)
Dec 27 (Tue) 3:00pm
Castle Theater, MACC
Hidden Figures
Dec 27 (Tue) 5:30pm
Castle Theater, MACC
Moonlight Hidden Figures

Ashton Sanders, Naomie Harris and Trevante Rhodes co-star in director Barry Jenkins’ story about a young man —who comes of age during ’War on Drugs’ era Miami, and reveals — in pivotal moments during three different time periods explores the ecstasy, pain, and beauty of falling in love and creating a meaningful life. Courtesy of A24.

Academy Award winner® Octavia Spencer, Taraji P. Henson, Janelle Monáe star and Kevin Costner, Kirsten Dunst and Jim Parsons co-star in this little known story about three female African-American mathematicians, working at NASA in the earliest dates of the U.S. space program, who together served as the brains behind one of the greatest operations in U.S. history — the United States race against Russia in the era’s race into space. Theodore Melfi directs. Courtesy of Twentieth Century Fox.


Silence (NR / 159min)
Dec 27 (Tue) 7:30pm
Castle Theater, MACC
Manchester By The Sea
Dec 28 (Wed) 3:00pm
Castle Theater, MACC
Silence Manchester By The Sea

The always brilliant Martin Scorsese directs Andrew Garfield, Adam Driver, Liam Neeson and Ken Watanabe in this historical drama, based on the novel ’Silence’ written by Shusaku Endo, about two Jesuit priests who travel to 17th Century Japan to minister to Japanese Christians, who have been banned from practicing their religion in an era when the Japanese government was actively working to purge the nation of all western influences. Courtesy of Paramount Pictures.

Casey Affleck, Lucas Hedges and Michelle Williams star in director Kenneth Lonergan’s — set in a New England seaside fishing village — initially heartbreaking but ultimately heart opening and heartwarming story of a man who begrudgingly becomes the guardian of his suddenly passed away brother’s son. RottenTomatoes.com wrote “deeply poignant, unexpectedly funny exploration of the power of familial love, community, sacrifice and hope.” Courtesy of Amazon/Roadside Attractions.


A Monster Calls (PG-13 / 108min)
Dec 28 (Wed) 5:30pm
Castle Theater, MACC
20th Century Women (R / 118min)
Dec 28 (Wed) 7:30pm
Castle Theater, MACC
A Monster Calls 20th Century Women

Felicity Jones, Lewis MacDougall, Sigourney Weaver and Liam Neeson co-star in this visually spectacular fantasy inspired drama about a young boy who attempts to deal with his mother’s illness and the bullying of his classmates by escaping into a fantastical world of monsters and fairy tales that deal with courage, loss and faith.  This is a journey of courage, faith and courage.  Directed by J.A. Bayona (The Impossible). Courtesy of Focus Features.

Annette Bening, Elle Fanning and Greta Gerwig star in Mike Mills’ — director of the Academy Award winning Beginners —  richly multilayered, funny, heart-stirring and critically acclaimed celebration of the complexities of women, family, time and the connections we search for our whole lives. It is a film that keeps redefining itself as it goes along, shifting with its characters as they navigate the pivotal summer of 1979.  It is also beautifully accompanied by a glorious soundtrack. Courtesy of A24.


FINISHED


Kubo & The Two Strings (PG-13/102min)
Nov 17 (Thu) 3:00pm
Castle Theater, MACC
Loving (PG-13/123min)
Nov 17 (Thu) 5:00pm
Castle Theater, MACC
Kubo and the two strings Loving

Art Parkinson, George Takai, Cary Hiroyki Tagawa, Charlize Theron and Matthew McConaughey provide the voice talent for this epic action-adventure set in a fantastical Japan from acclaimed animation studio LAIKA. The Atlantic raved “Kubo offers visceral thrills and visual splendor, but it also champions the importance of kindness, forgiveness, and embracing humanity”. Courtesy of Focus Features.

Joel Edgerton and Ruth Negga star in this universally and critically acclaimed celebration of the real-life courage and commitment of Richard and Mildred Loving, an inter-racial couple who fell in love, married in 1958 and had to take a case to the U.S. Supreme Court where their right to marry was upheld and became the foundation of marriage rights for all Americans today. Courtesy of Focus Features.


Bleed For This (R/116min)
Nov 17 (Thu) 7:30pm
Castle Theater, MACC
Moonlight (R/110min)
Nov 17 (Thu) 9:30pm
Castle Theater, MACC
Bleed For This Moonlight

Miles Teller, Aaron Eckhart, Katey Sagal and Christine Evangelista star in this inspirational beyond words story of Vinny Pazienza, a street-smart boxer who shot to stardom after winning two World Title fights and who, after a near-fatal car accident that severs his spine, miraculously returns to the ring to reclaim his title belt only a year after the accident. Courtesy of Open Road Films.

Ashton Sanders, Naomie Harris and Trevante Rhodes co-star in director Barry Jenkins’ story about a young man —who comes of age during ’War on Drugs’ era Miami, and reveals — in pivotal moments during three different time periods explores the ecstasy, pain, and beauty of falling in love and creating a meaningful life. Courtesy of A24.


Paterson (R/115min)
Nov 22 (Tue) 3:00pm
Castle Theater, MACC
Manchester By The Sea (R/135min)
Nov 22 (Tue) 5:00pm
Castle Theater, MACC
Paterson Manchester By The Sea

Indie film legend Jim Jarmusch directs Maui Film Festival Honoree Adam Driver and Golshifteh Farahani, in this deeply wise dramedy about one closely observed week in the life of a poet-slash-bus driver and his quirky wife’s lives. Buzz Feed buzzed it as “A lovely fable about the fragile, fruitful and occasionally fraught relationship between creativity and everyday life.” Courtesy of Amazon/Bleeker Street.

Casey Affleck, Lucas Hedges and Michelle Williams star in director Kenneth Lonergan’s — set in a New England seaside fishing village — initially heartbreaking but ultimately heart opening and heartwarming story of a man who begrudgingly becomes the guardian of his suddenly passed away brother’s son. RottenTomatoes.com wrote “deeply poignant, unexpectedly funny exploration of the power of familial love, community, sacrifice and hope.” Courtesy of Amazon/Roadside Attractions.


Allied (NR/121min)
Nov 22 (Tue) 8:00pm
Castle Theater, MACC
Allied

Brad Pitt, Marion Cotillard and Lizzy Caplan co-star and Robert Zemeckis directs this thrilling and suspenseful story of intelligence officer Max Vatan, who in 1942 North Africa encounters French Resistance fighter Marianne Beausejour, on a deadly mission behind enemy lines. Reunited in London, their relationship is threatened by the extreme pressures of the war. Courtesy of Paramount Pictures.


 


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