By Nadine Kam
"Glee's" Harry Shum Jr., left, on the Eurocinema red carpet with Shelby Rabara and Chris Lee. Shum later claimed the Eurocinema Rising Star Award. — Nadine Kam photos
Luxury Row Presents EuroCinema Hawaii hosted its 4th annual awards gala Oct. 18 at the Moana Surfrider, A Westin Resort and Spa in Waikiki.
The festival, dedicated to showcasing European films, with 11 nominated films from Italy, France, Germany, the United Kingdom, Spain, Norway, Ireland, Belgium, Denmark and the Netherlands.
Harry Shum Jr., best known for his character, Mike Chang on "Glee," was a paparazzi favorite on the red carpet and at the end of the evening received the 2013 Rising Star Award for his contribution to the industry. The award was presented by Daniel Dae Kim.
Jurors for the awards were local journalist and movie aficionado Bob Jones, Hana Hou! editor Julia Steele, and production designer Jane Ann Stewart, whose film credits include "Election," "Sideways," and "The Descendants."
Here are the winners:
Best film: The Princess Dialta Alliata Di Montereale Award for best film went to a Belgian-Dutch co-production, "Broken Circle Breakddown," by director Felix Van Groeningen.
Best director: Italian legend Bernardo Bertolucci for "Me and You."
Best actress: Paulina Garcia for her performance in the Spanish-Chilean co-production, "Gloria."
Best actor: Luca Barbareschi for his performance in the Italian film, "Something Good."
Best student film: For film students from the University of Hawai‘i’s Academy for Creative Media, went to "Little Girl's War Cry," directed by Erin Lau. She won a cash prize of $1,500 sponsored by the Sunny Dupree Family Foundation.
"Little Girl's War Cry" is the story of a 10-year-old Maori girl, Tiara born on the island of Rarotonga in the Cook Islands. Raised by a struggling single mother, who is repeatedly abused by her boyfriend, Tiare shelters herself from reality with her hero-centered imagination, until a prank goes wrong and she must dconfront the violence that stains her childhood and family.
Founded and incorporated in 2009, EuroCinema Hawaii is dedicated to the advancement of understanding among, and cultural exchange between, the peoples of Europe and Hawaii through the medium of film, and to the financial support of student filmmakers in Hawaii. In April of 2010, EuroCinema Hawaii announced its partnership with the Hawai'i International Film Festival, creating a Festival within a Festival.
Ingo Rademacher, with wife Ehiku, shows his "Dancing with the Stars" form on the red carpet.
Kelly Hu wore a sleek black, sequined gown to the event, which took place at the Moana Surfrider.
Sebastian Siegel wrote, directed and co-produced this year's Bond-inspired Eurocinema trailer.
Princess Dialta Alliata Di Montereale, representing Eurocinema Hawaii, and Hawai'i International Film Festival executive director Chuck Boller, prepare to introduce the evening's award presenters after a little dance on stage.
"Lost" and "Hawaii Five-0" star Daniel Dae Kim, left, with a fan, presented the evening's Rising Star Award to Harry Shum Jr., right.
Guillame Sadeler, of Cartier Honolulu, with "Lost's" Henry Ian Cusick.
The Eurocinema committee gathered on stage for a photo prior to the awards ceremony. (more…)