Archive of films Hotel Very Welcome / Hotel Very Welcome

Germany
2006, 90 min

Section: Variety Critics’ Choice: Europe Now!
Year: 2007

Five Westerners wander round Asia in search of themselves, the “real” Asia, and escape from problems back home in Hotel Very Welcome. Kept afloat by a bouncy soundtrack, likeable performances and a docu-like feel for backpacker India and Thailand, feature is the first by Sonja Heiss, who shows real promise for lightly comic, observational filmmaking.


Synopsis

Five westerners wander round Asia in search of themselves, the “real” Asia and escape from problems back home in Hotel Very Welcome, an episodic charmer that’s as laid back as the protags would like to be. Kept afloat by a bouncy soundtrack, likable performances and a docu-like feel for backpacker India and Thailand, feature is the first by Munich film school grad Sonja Heiss, who shows real promise for lightly comic, observational filmmaking. Quintet of characters are spread over two countries and hardly cross paths, but by cutting back and forth between their stories pic creates a kind of ensemble movie. Though always lightly comic, film acutely reps a cross-section of westerners who treat Asia as an exotic pleasure park or place to escape.

Contacts

Scalpel Films
rue de la Chine 38, 750 20, Paris
France
Tel: +33 1 436 640 30
Fax: +33 1 436 686 00
E-mail: fabien@scalpel-films.com, info@scalpel-films.com

Komplizen Film GmbH
Nordenstrasse 46/48, 80801, München
Germany
Tel: +49 896 429 9290
Fax: +49 896 429 9291
E-mail: info@komplizenfilm.de
www: www.komplizenfilm.net

About the film

Color, 35 mm
International premiere

Section: Variety Critics’ Choice: Europe Now!
   
Director: Sonja Heiss
Screenplay: Sonja Heiss, Nikolai von Graevenitz
Dir. of Photography: Nikolai von Graevenitz
Music: The Festival, Christian Garcia
Editor: Natali Barrey, Vincent Pluss, Patrick Lambertz
Producer: Janine Jackowski, Maren Ade, Sonja Heiss
Production: Komplizen Film
Cast: Ricky Champ, Gareth Llewelyn, Eva Löbau, Svenja Steinfelder
Contact: Scalpel Films, Komplizen Film GmbH

Guests

Sonja Heiss

Film Director

Nikolai von Graevenitz

Director of Photography


Mariëtte Rissenbeek

Film Institution Rep.

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