Hotel Very Welcome

Hotel Very Welcome

Deutschland 2005-2007, Spielfilm

Inhalt

The film revolves around five tourists in Asia. Joshua and Adam, two young British guys, find themselves caught up in a Thai jungle of ecstatic full moon raves during which their friendship wanes. Svenja is stuck in a hotel in Bangkok because she has missed her connecting flight. She starts up a childish and very emotional telephone relationship with an incompetent travel agent who can hardly speak any English, but who falls in love with her all the same. Liam, a loveable but chaotic Irishman, is searching for the real India. His quest may make the Indians look kindly on him but it won’t save him from the problem that awaits him at home. A German woman named Marion travels to a paradisiacal meditation centre for westerners searching for the meaning of life. She works hard at being happy. However, the path to spirituality turns out to be very stony.

All of the characters in this film manage to lose their way in the gigantic pleasure park known as Asia. Director Sonja Heiss and her protagonists travelled Asia for several months in order to make this film. Their experiences during this trip serve to blur the boundaries between fiction and reality in "Hotel Very Welcome", turning the audience into fellow-travellers on an extraordinary journey.

Source: 57. Internationale Filmfestspiele Berlin (Catalogue)

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Credits

All Credits

Director:Sonja Heiss
Screenplay:Sonja Heiss, Nikolai von Graevenitz
Director of photography:Nikolai von Graevenitz
Prop master:Tanja Baumgartner
Make-up artist:Catia Amato
Costume design:Nicole von Graevenitz
Editing:Natali Barrey, Vincent Pluss, Patrick Lambertz
Assistant editor:Lisa Bierwirth
Sound design:Daniel Iribarren
Sound:Andreas Prescher
Audio mixing:Hubertus Rath
Casting:Amanda Tabak, Lene Seested, Gian Klainguti, Eva Vollmar
Music:The Festival (DE), Christian Garcia
Music (other):Martin Hossbach (Musikberatung/Lizensierung)
  
Cast: 
Eva LöbauMarion
Svenja SteinfelderSvenja
Chris O'DowdLiam
Richy ChampJosh
Garreth LlewelynAdam
Jinde Khan
Martin Löschmann
Zorana Mušikić
Jado Alagad John
Nathalie Sorrell
Gabriel Kashin
Jono East
Ian Waldock
Wade Davis
Judith Bakker
Evelyn Möcking
Lu Ling Song
Navot Ben Barak
Carsten Strauch
  
Production company:Komplizen Film GmbH (München + Berlin)
in co-production with:Zweites Deutsches Fernsehen (ZDF) (Mainz)
in association with:Hochschule für Fernsehen und Film München (HFF) (München)
Producer:Janine Jackowski, Maren Ade, Sonja Heiss
Producer (TV):Christian Cloos
Line producer:Natalie Lambsdorff
Associate producer:Dirk G. Engelhardt
Unit production manager:Mareike Lueg, Hannah Lea Maag
Shoot:02.2005-06.2005: Indien, Thailand
Original distributor:Kinowelt Filmverleih GmbH (Leipzig)
Funding:FilmFernsehFonds Bayern GmbH (FFFB) (München), FilmFörderung Hamburg GmbH (Hamburg), Filmförderungsanstalt (FFA) (Berlin), Beauftragte/r der Bundesregierung für Kultur und Medien -Filmförderung- (Berlin)
Length:2574 m, 94min
Format:DV - überspielt auf 35mm, 1:1,85
Picture/Sound:Farbe, Dolby Digital
Rating:FSK-Prüfung (DE): 27.07.2007, 110912, ohne Altersbeschränkung / feiertagsfrei
Screening:Uraufführung: 13.02.2007, Berlin, IFF - Perspektive Deutsches Kino;
Kinostart (DE): 29.11.2007;
TV-Erstsendung (DE): 08.06.2009, ZDF

Titles

Originaltitel (DE) Hotel Very Welcome

Versions

Original

Length:2574 m, 94min
Format:DV - überspielt auf 35mm, 1:1,85
Picture/Sound:Farbe, Dolby Digital
Rating:FSK-Prüfung (DE): 27.07.2007, 110912, ohne Altersbeschränkung / feiertagsfrei
Screening:Uraufführung: 13.02.2007, Berlin, IFF - Perspektive Deutsches Kino;
Kinostart (DE): 29.11.2007;
TV-Erstsendung (DE): 08.06.2009, ZDF
 

Awards

FIRST STEPS Award 2007
First Step Award, Abendfüllender Spielfilm
 
Festival des deutschen Films Ludwigshafen 2007
Sonderpreis
Publikumspreis (ex aequo: Für den unbekannten Hund)
 
IFF Berlin 2007
Dialogue en perspective: Lobende Erwähnung