Hotel Very Welcome
KOMPLIZEN FILM IN CO-PRODUKTION WITH ZDF – DAS KLEINE FERNSEHSPIEL AND HFF MÜNCHEN, FUNDED BY FFF BAYERN, FFA AND BKM.
2007 | 35mm | 1:1.85 | Dolby SRD | 90 min
Five protagonists travel with their backpacks through India and Thailand searching for freedom and adventure. Their journeys draw a detailed picture of a generation of individualist Western tourists who hope to achieve redemption from themselves in Asia.
Joshua and Adam, two young Englishmen, get lost in the ecstasy of full moon raves in the Thai jungle, only to ultimately lose their friendship. Meanwhile Svenja is stuck in a hotel in Bangkok, because she missed her connecting flight. She starts a childish and deeply emotional relationship with a Thai travel agent on the telephone who hardly speaks any English but nevertheless falls in love with her. On the other hand, Liam, a loveable Irish slob tries to get in touch with the real India, which brings him closer to the Indian people and their sympathy towards him. However, this does not solve his problems waiting for him at home. And then there is Marion, a German, who travels to a meditation paradise for Western devotees, where she tries very hard to become happy. But the road to real spirituality is rocky.
And so they all wander aimlessly through the huge amusement park called Asia.
Director Sonja Heiss travelled through Asia for several months with her protagonists. The result is a hilarious film, which blurs the line between reality and fiction and takes the audience on an exceptional trip.
First Steps Award: Feature Film
Berlinale: Prix Dialogue en Perspective: Special Mention
Brussels European Film Festival: Prix Cinédécouvertes
Festival of German Films Mannheim/Ludwigshafen: Audience Award and Special Jury Award
Five Lakes Festival: Star Award: Best Feature Film by a Young Director
Birds Eye View London Film Festival: Bester Nachwuchs-Spielfilm
„Hotel Very Welcome“ ist in folgenden Ländern im Kino gestartet:
Deutschland – Kinowelt (http://www.kinowelt.de)
Österreich – Filmladen (http://www.filmladen.at)
Schweiz – Rialto Film AG (http://www.rialto.ch)
Spanien – Sagrera (http://www.sagrera.eu)
Benelux – CNC (http://www.cnc-cinema.be)
Polen, Ungarn und Bulgarien – EEAP (http://www.eeap.eu)
Berlinale: Perspektive Deutscher Film
Karlovy Vary International Film Festival: Variety's Critics Choice
Festival des deutschen Films Mannheim/Ludwigshafen
Brussels European Film Festival
Sarajewo International Film Festival
Riga International Film Festival
Vancouver International Film Festival
Copenhagen International Film Festival
Viennale – Wien International Film Festival
Sevilla International Film Festival
Tromsø International Film Festival
Mumbai International Film Festival
Birds Eye View London Film Festival
Tiburon International Film Festival
German Film Festival in Israel, Tel Aviv, Jerusalem, Haifa
Palm Beach International Film Festival
41st Annual WorldFest-Houston
Newport International Film Festival
Los Angeles Film Festival