Anteprima nazionale al Festival Gender Bender di Bologna (cinema Lumière, via Azzo Gardino 65) il 26 ottobre 2013 con la presenza del regista.
In Hawaii, Marco Berger’s universe of male obsessions migrates from the capital city to a bucolic province town. Eugenio spends the summer house-sitting for his uncles, in a house that was once his, while seeking inspiration for a script he’s writing. Martín has no job, so he volunteers to work in that house fixing all kinds of things. They met a long time ago when they were kids, and haven’t seen each other since.
But the relationship reestablishes based on deceit: Martín has no place to sleep, but he lies to Eugenio. And Eugenio’s interest in Martín seems to go beyond friendship. Slowly, their relationship starts to build on that weak structure that mixes camaraderie with furtive staring, conversations about the past and the future, and emotional hugs. In that game, Hawaii (the paradise island) appears as an idyllic and perfect future, but a fictitious one. During that summer, and in that place, Eugenio and Martín will have to decide what do they want from the real world and take the riskiest decisions.
NOTE DI REGIA:
I wanted to work with social boundaries framed in a love story, as classic tale of classes but from a contemporary perspective. I was wondering about the dynamics of the relationship between someone in a comfortable position in life and someone that is helpless, portraying the cruel game the society proposes and how both sides deal with it. I continued to work from a personal point of view by using two men as the lead characters.
NOTE DI PRODUZIONE:
Hawaii is a film about a helpless man that is reunited with a childhood friend who helps him, thus creating a bond that goes beyond friendship.
Martin seeks for an odd job at Eugenio’s house. When Eugenio recognizes Martin as a childhood friend, and realizes his current situation, he decides to give him work for the summer. Unintentionally, a power & desire game is generated and a strange relationship starts to grow, but it cannot flourish mostly because of the social differences that grew between them since childhood. This kind of barrier typical in Jane Austen’s novels is resignified in a contemporary story of social classes.
The film is about solidarity but also about the power game that is generated when one person is relying on another. The idea is to explore power, helplessness, social boundries, brotherhood, desire and love.
Similar to Plan B, Hawaii is a small & simple story, easy to shoot independently. All the film takes place in summer, in a countryside house, and only two characters carry the story forward. Working with a small team, the film can be shot with $40,000.