Percy Adlon’s e-mail to José Riba of “La semaine de la critique”
Nobody liked SALMONBERRIES. It became what some call a cult. Nobody wanted LEAVING
LAS VEGAS … well.
Now, nobody likes Hawaiian Gardens. I chose a musical way of storytelling. Little
circles that ignite each other. It goes against the consumer’s story line reception
formula. Yes, it is innovative. But not in the sense of throwing all kinds of garbage
at you. It is innovative in the way it is structured and because I don’t believe
in solutions. The ambiguous actions of a young, smart, and curious Latina, and the
money, New Market driven Germanic brain of a misguided, miserable young man. A double
portrait of two very different kids of our time. Open to many questions, unsatisfying.
But the skin of our world is still beautiful, like the song, Can’t find my Way, written
for my film by Bob Telson and sung by Javetta Steele. I will happily send it to you,
only asking you and you colleagues to go beyond your first impression, which is probably
a bad one, and tell me why you don’t like it.
With my best regards
I definitely like you a lot! Great sense of humor and you are not afraid of risk,
just a feeling. You mention two movies very special to me, I like very much “Salmonberries”
and we selected “Leaving Las Vegas” with my Spanish colleagues from the San Sebastian
Film Festival long before the Oscars! Ask Mike Figgis about it. So, when are we receiving
We are in France: Semaine de la Critique…
I’ll send it today.
I just quickly want to congratulate you to Hawaiian Gardens. A wonderful film which
fascinated me from the first to the last shot. Light-handed, effortless and elegantly
told. A very good portrayal of characters and milieu, particularly the American scenes
(and people) are exceedingly beautiful. What I especially liked of the love story
is that first she falls in love with him, but he doesn’t really want to, then it
hits him but meanwhile she has (some) scruples. By the way, the idea of the computer-software
and the writers-theft is a great one, and Valeria Hernandez is a discovery, new and
fresh (I don’t recall seeing her anywhere else before).
I am happy for you that the film succeeded so well.
Fédération Internationalede la Presse Cinématographique(FIPRESCI)