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Hotel Salvation

Mukti Bhavan
dir. Shubhashish Bhutiani
India 2016, 99’
subtitles: Polish and English

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25 Nov, 10:00 – 6 Dec
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Awards and festivals
Asian Academy Creative Awards - Best Original Screenplay Filmfare Awards - Best Original Screenplay Indian FF Stuttgart - Best Film IFF of India - Best Film; Jagran FF - Best Actor National Film Awards of India - Special Mention Best Film Rajasthan IFF - Best Actor, Best Film River Bend FF - Best Film Venice FF - Biennale Award Best Film Vesoul Asian FF - Critics Jury Award Best Film Washington DC South Asian FF - Best Actor
India 2016
Duration: 99’
director: Shubhashish Bhutiani
screenplay: Shubhashish Bhutiani, Asad Hussain
cinematography: David Huwiler, Michael McSweeney
editing: Manas Mittal
music: Tajdar Junaid
cast: Adil Hussain, Lalit Behl, Geetanjali Kulkarni, Palomi Ghosh
producer: Sanjay Bhutiani, Kabir Singh Chowdhry, Dina Dattani
production: Red Carpet Moving Pictures
language: Hindi
colouration: colour

Film description

Daya, an overbearing former teacher, feels that his life is almost over. After his 70th birthday, he tells his family that his days are numbered. To meet the approaching end with dignity, he wants to visit the sacred city of Varanasi. The stubborn father is accompanied by his son, involved in a never-ending stream of businesses. In the hotel on the bank of the Ganges, filled with insects and marijuana lassi sellers, the two men discover the mysterious paths of fate and have to revise their, somewhat austere, relationship. The waters of the sacred river reflect countless biographies of pilgrims coming from all over the country – sometimes you have to go a long way to understand those closest to you. Including yourself.

This comedy drama, set in the unique scenery of the historic city, has conquered the hearts of audiences around the world, skillfully balancing warm humor and melancholy with an unobtrusive philosophical message. Shubhashish Bhutani's film has won over audiences worldwide, writing a universal topic into a very specific cultural context, and creating a very nuanced portrayal of a relationship between father and son.

Jagoda Murczyńska

Shubhashish Bhutiani

Born in 1991, Indian film director, actor, screenwriter and script writer. Bhutiani grew up in a small Himalayan town in India where he attended Woodstock School. After being heavily involved in theater he transitioned from acting to writing and directing and went to learn filmmaking at the School of Visual Arts in New York. His thesis film, KUSH, premiered at the 70th Venice Film Festival where it won the Orizzonti Prize for Best Short Film. KUSH was shortlisted at the 2014 Academy Awards and has won over 25 awards all over the globe. "Hotel Salvation", inspired partially by his own family stories, was his Bollywood debut.


2013 Kush (kr. m.)

2016 Hotel Wyzwolenie / Mukti Bhawan / Hotel Salvation

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