Hotel Lux

Hotel Lux
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Hotel Lux
Germany, 2011, 110 Minute Running Time
North American Premiere
Topics: Comedy, Drama, History, Jewish Interest
Program: World Cinema
Language: German, Russian, English English Sub-Titles

Awards: Rome:Marc’Aurelio Jury Award for best original score:Ralf Wengenmayr

Hotel Lux is an entertainingly meandering historical comedy that begins in Nazi Germany in 1933 and moves to the Soviet Union five years later. Oscillating between drama and farce, the film boasts rich cinematography and elaborate historical production design. A charming womanizer who makes a living impersonating Stalin at a Berlin cabaret, Hans Zeisig is more concerned with getting to Hollywood than with politics. In contrast, his partner Siggi Meyer (who impersonates Hitler) is an active member of the Communist Party who soon runs afoul of the show’s Nazi clients. Siggi introduces Hans to the beautiful Frida, with whom Hans is instantly smitten. They are forced to flee, and unable to get a visa for America, Hans ends up at the famous Hotel Lux in Moscow, supposedly a safe haven–though danger and suspicion lurk around every corner. When he is mistaken for Hitler’s astrologist, whom Stalin is keen to meet, Hans plays along with the ruse, relishing the exalted status the mistake affords him. Meanwhile he attempts to win over the affections of Frida, who has reappeared in his life….

DIRECTOR: Leander Haussmann
Producer: Günter Rohrbach, Corinna Eich
Editor: Hansjörg Weissbrich
Screenwriter: Leander Haussmann
Cinematographer: Hagen Bogdanski
Music: Ralf Wengenmayr
Principal Cast: Michael “Bully” Herbig, Jürgen Vogel, Thekla Reuten, Valery Grishko, Alexander Senderovich, Juraj Kukura
Filmography: Dinosaurier (2009), Robert Zimmermann wundert sich uber die Liebe (2008), Why Men Don’t Listen and Women Can’t Read Maps (2007)
Print Source: Bavaria Film International - www.bavaria-film-international.de

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