HEAVEN ADORES YOU

NICKOLAS ROSSI

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The press notes for Heaven Adores You describe the film as an “inquiry” into the life and music of Elliott Smith and that’s an apt description for a film that does something other than rely on standard rock doc tropes. It’s also indicative of how sensitive filmmaker Nickolas Rossi is to the memory of the revered singer-songwriter who found cult fame in the mid-1990s and flirted with the mainstream after gaining an Oscar nomination for Miss Misery, his contribution to the Good Will Hunting soundtrack. His depression and addictions were often subjects for his songs, yet there was genuine shock at the way he died in 2003, aged just 34.

 Rossi’s film celebrates Smith’s music and his legacy, travelling through the major cities where he lived (Portland, New York and Los Angeles) and hearing testimonies from the people who were closest to him. (Notes by Michael Hayden.)

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104 minutes, U.S.A., 2014, Colour, D-Cinema

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