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3th DMZ Docs(2011)

I AM DOCU



Grande Hotel

Lotte STOOPS

  • Belgium
  • 2010
  • 70min
  • HD
  • color/black and white

Synopsis

The Grande Hotel is located along the coast of Mozambique, extravagantly built during the Portuguese colonial period but now transformed into ruins inhabited by the homeless. The film starts with a long tracking shot of the great but shabby exterior of the hotel, accompanied by a voiceover that explains the heyday of its past. Sounds from the hotel’s past and present as well as present day images show how these two periods coexist yet clash. And similar contrasts are suggested throughout the film in a series of conflicting sounds and images set against each other, juxtaposing past wealth and present poverty, luxurious memories and daily life in the ruins, and interior montages and exterior long takes. And finally, the past and present physically meet through Moises, a hotel resident for the past eight years as he visits the room where his father had stayed years ago. Whether this encounter was necessary or not, the film refuses to portray the hotel as a delusional remnant of colonial times, history and memory, and reveals its true identity as a place where the lives of 2,500 homeless people go on. (LEE Seung-min)

Review

Director

  • Lotte STOOPS

    After studying art history and theater science, Lotte Stoops has created multiple works for theater. Curiosity characterizes her interventions and performances in public space in which she started to experiment with film. Lotte Stoops traveled extensively and worked in a 24/24 intervention team for children in crisis situations. Nowadays, she reunites her assembled expertise and social engagement in the making of documentaries. She is currently developing the documentary Mammalia Mia. Grande Hotel (2010) Spiegelblad (2006) Swazi Secrets (2006) Cut the Crap (2005)​ 

Credit

  • ProducerEllen De WAELE
  • Cinematography Joao RIBEIRO
  • Editor Katarina TÜRLER, Dieter DIEPENDAELE
  • Music Lula PENA
  • Sound Gabriel MONDLANE

Distributor / World Sales

Distribution / World Sales  Serendipity Films

Address  Huigeveldstraat 37, 9550 Sint-Antelinks, Belgium

Tel  32 499 46 36 95

E-mail  ann@serendipityfilms.be​