Honolulu's seven different stories portray a weekend on the edge of a large city: strange coincidences, life-changing decisions, unavoidable fates or just simply refreshing banalities. A completely normal weekend. But like every weekend the most important one in the lives of the young people we meet in the film. Snapshots of joie-de-vivre full of contradictions, driven by the lust for love and life. 24 hours giving it loads: all dressed up ... setting off ... getting there ... or maybe not.
Matthias Lehmann , born in 1969, studied at the Academy for Television and Film (HFF/M) in Munich from 1991 to 1997. During these years he worked as a director of advertising spots, as a cutter, storyboard draughtsman and cameraman. His first shorts as a director, also dating from this period, include Die Nacht des Photographen, which screened at Hof in 1993 and Die Reparatur, which won the first prize in Lodze and earned the rating "besonders wertvoll". Together with Wim Wenders and fellow students at the HFF/M, he also produced the short film Die Brueder Skladanovsky. In 1997, with Pas de Deux, he presented the first, still short film featuring the anti-heroes from the Ruhr, Hoffi and Lehmi. This film received many awards, including: the Friedrich-Wilhelm-Murnau Prize for shorts, Audience Awards at the Dresden Film Festival and the Exground Festival, and the Cultural Promotion Prize of the City of Munich. During the last two years he has made a total of 13 advertising spots, including eight for Media Markt. Double Pack (Doppelpack, 2000) was his first full-length film for the cinema.
Florian Gallenberger was born in Munich in 1972. He studied at the renowned University of Television and Film in Munich. With his thesis film QUIERO SER (2000) Gallenberger received the Honorary Foreign Film Award at the Student Academy Awards® and an Academy Award® for Best Live Action Short Film. His debut feature SHADOWS OF TIME (2004) won the Bavarian Film Award for Best New Director. His second feature, JOHN RABE (2009) premiered at the Berlin International Film Festival and received two Bavarian Film Awards and four German Film Awards, including Best Film. His third feature film, COLONIA (2015) received the Bavarian Film Award for Best Film and was nominated for five German Film Awards. Gallenberger is also a professor at the University of Television and Film in Munich.
Vanessa Jopp , born in 1971, studied at the University of Television & Film (HFF/M) in Munich from 1993-1999. After shooting several films on video, she directed her first short on film, Aquavitae, in 1994. This was followed by Alpaliens (short, 1995), One Night Suicide (short, 1996) and This is a True Story About a Puker on the Roof (short, 1997). She has also made some music videos and has worked for the comedy show Wochenshow. Her films include: co-direction with six other HFF/M students on Honolulu (1999), her first feature film Forget America (Vergiss Amerika, 2000), Engel + Joe (2001), Happy as One (Komm Naeher, 2005), and Messy Christmas (Meine schoene Bescherung, 2007).
Year of Production 1999
Directors Matthias Lehmann, Uschi Ferstl, Florian Gallenberger, Saskia Jell, Beryl Schennen, Sandra Schmidt, Vanessa Jopp
Screenplay Sandra Schmidt, Matthias Lehmann, Uschi Ferstl, Florian Gallenberger, Saskia Jell, Beryl Schennen
Cinematography Tomas Erhart
Barbara von Weitershausen
Cast Julia Hummer, Markus Knüfken, Jochen Nickel, Steffen Wink, Katharina Thalbach, Alexandra Maria Lara, Eva Hassmann, Stefan Maass, Mina Tander, Shira Fleisher
Producer Reinhard Klooss
Production Company Odeon Pictures/Geiselgasteig, in co-production with Bayerischer Rundfunk
Length 90 min
Format Super 16, color
Original Version German
Sound Technology Dolby SR
With backing from FilmFernsehFonds Bayern
Bavaria Media International