Hotels in Beirut, Sarajevo, Belgrade, Gaza and Kiev have all seen a lot. These are the sites, where international news correspondents stay, when they come to report on the local war. The hotels become bunkers; centres of communication and crossing points of human suffering, places where employers, interpreters, fixers, drivers, aid workers, diplomats, soldiers and peace keepers meet.
Emanuel Licha‘s film is a haunting cinematic essay about the memory of a building. If these walls could speak, what would they say?
These hotels are often located in the midst of a conflict zone, but life in them is not just war and misery – more akin to boredom, a constant wait. Hotel bars become headquarters in the waiting game, and restaurants are always kept open one way or another. Alcoholic beverages are in high demand. Hotels transform into in-between spaces, non-places; spaces, where you watch the war from aside, follow its inevitable progress as a bystander.
Still, hotels are not safe havens or impenetrable fortresses. In the war, journalists are often killed, and attacks to a hotel are not so uncommon.
Turkka Ylinen / Tuomo Karvonen
Languages: English, Bosnian, Ukrainian, Arabic
- Director: Emanuel Licha
- Country: France
- Year: 2016
- Length: 67 min
- Age limit: K7
- Format: HD file
- Cinematography: Johan Legraie
- Editing: Natali Barrey, Emanuel Licha
- Audio: François Waledisch
- Production: Patrice Nezan / Les Contes Modernes
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