The Hotel | Hotellet

2015 | 81 minutes | Documentary

Director: Kristian Petri
Stars: Stellan Skarsgård, Björn Andrésen, Lars Norén

What is the real essence of a hotel? And why do hotel spaces – lobbies, bars, corridors and rooms with a view – have such a strong power of suggestion?

That’s what Kristian Petri (Details, GFF 2013) asks in his new essay film which moves elegantly from the oldest hotels in Japan to Marcel Proust’s favorite Grand Hotel Cabourg.

Petri also talks to people about what hotels have meant to them. Among others, he meets Lars Norén who grew up in the now defunct hotel Bygatan 3 Genarp, and Bjorn Andresen who, at the glamorous Hotel Daniele, played young Tadzio in Visconti’s Death in Venice.