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


Synopsis

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.


Cast

JoshRicky Champ
AdamGareth Llewelyn
MarionEva Löbau
LiamChris O`Dowd
SvenjaSvenja Steinfelder


Crew

ScreenplaySonja Heiss
Nikolai von Graevenitz
DirectorSonja Heiss
ProducersJanine Jackowski
Maren Ade
Sonja Heiss
Associate ProducerDirk Engelhardt
TV Producer Christian Cloos (ZDF Das kleine Fernsehspiel)
Director of PhotographyNikolai von Graevenitz
EditingNatali Barrey
Vincent Pluss
Patric Lambertz
Costume DesignNicole von Graevenitz
SoundAndreas Prescher
MusicThe Festival
Christian Garcia
TonmischungHubertus Rath
Sound DesignDaniel Iribarren
Production ManagementMareike Lueg
Hannah Maag


Awards

2007
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

2008
Birds Eye View London Film Festival: Bester Nachwuchs-Spielfilm


Theatrical Release

„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)


Festivals

2007
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
Kinofest Lünen

2008
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


Distribution/World Distribution

Distribution: Kinowelt (http://www.kinowelt.de)
World Distribution: Celluloid Dreams (http://www.celluloid-dreams.com

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