At The Romanian Cinematheque we continues our string of London premieres with the hilarious “Hotel Dallas”, directed by Livia Ungur and Sherng-Lee Huang, first shown at the Berlin International Film Festival in 2016. The film mixes narration, interview, re-enactment and fiction in an revealing docudrama about exotic aspirations, featuring American matinee idol and “Dallas” series star Patrick Duffy.
”Hotel Dallas” revisits the strange love affair between communist Romania and the long-running TV soap ”Dallas”, the only film broadcasted on tv in the 80s. The show’s vision of wealth and glamour mesmerized millions living under the communist dictatorship, including Ilie, the main character, and his daughter Livia. After the fall of the communism, he builds Hotel Dallas, a life-size copy of the “Dallas” mansion.
Characterised as “must-see” (Indiewire), and a “wondrous work of art” (Huffington Post), the film was also presented at the Museum of Modern Art (USA) in 2016 and at various international film festivals.
In communist Romania in the 1980s the US television series Dallas provided the only window on the capitalist world and at the time it seemed as if all of Romania’s population were glued to their TV screens. Ilie and his daughter Livia are also great fans of the series. Livia’s father Ilie sees in the figure of ruthless oil tycoon J. R. Ewing the perfect role model for his own devious dealings, while Livia falls in love with actor Patrick Duffy who plays Bobby Ewing. After the collapse of the socialist system Ilie builds Hotel Dallas – and subsequently uses it to embezzle millions in taxes. Livia however finds herself drawn to the land of freedom and moves to the USA. Years later she decides to return to her native land: she wants to take her teenage heartthrob Duffy on an odyssey across Romania to show him just how ‘Dallas capitalism’ has left its mark on this post-communist country.
DATE AND TIME
Wednesday, 13 September 2017
19:00 – 22:00 BST
Romanian Cultural Institute
1 Belgrave Square, London SW1X 8PH – View Map