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HOTEL LUX

HOTEL LUX
Scene from HOTEL LUX (photo © 2011 Bavaria Pictures/Tom Trambow)

Berlin in the 1930s. Comedian and cabaret star Hans Zeisig never fails to crack up his audiences with his Stalin-Hitler-show, performed with his close friend and acting partner Siegfried Meyer, a Jew. But with the political atmosphere changing, Meyer joins the Resistance. A few years later, the politically uninterested Zeisig is forced to flee after he gives shelter to Meyer's beautiful Communist comrade Frida. He sets out for Hollywood, but makes it to Moscow instead, landing at the Hotel Lux. There, in the legendary “lost paradise” of the Comintern, he is mistaken for Hitler’s personal astrologer and must now play the part of Stalin’s personal astrologer. Going with the flow, he hopes to keep up his free-spirited, bohemian lifestyle. But he quickly realizes that he's jumped from the frying pan into the fire: hidden microphones are recording every word, and Stalin starts to play a dangerous comedy with Zeisig. When Zeisig is reunited with Frida and his former stage partner Meyer, the three embark on an adventure that zigzags between love, death and unbelievable chutzpah...

HOTEL LUX pokes fun at both the Nazi regime and Stalin’s regime of terror, masterfully merging a screwball comedy in the best Lubitsch-style with tragic elements reminiscent of LA VITA È BELLA. The film boasts a screenplay full of twists and turns and superb performances.


Leander Haußmann was born in Quedlinburg in 1959. After attending the Ernst Busch Academy of Dramatic Art in Berlin, he acted in the theater for several years before becoming a director. He was the artistic director of Bochum's Schauspielhaus from 1995-2000, during which time he appeared in Detlev Buck's film JAILBIRDS. His big breakthrough as a film director came with SUN ALLEY (SONNENALLEE, 2000), followed by BERLIN BLUES (HERRLEHMANN, 2003), NVA (2005), INTRIGUE AND LOVE (KABALE UND LIEBE, TV, 2005), WHY MEN DON'T LISTEN AND WOMEN CAN'T READ MAPS (WARUM MÄNNER NICHT ZUHÖREN UND FRAUEN SCHLECHT EINPARKEN, 2007), ROBERT ZIMMERMANN IS TANGLED UP IN LOVE (ROBERT ZIMMERMANN WUNDERT SICH ÜBER DIE LIEBE, 2008), HOTEL LUX (2011), SHARK ALARM AT MÜGGELSEE (HAI-ALARM AM MÜGGELSEE, 2013), and TEENOSAURUS REX (DAS PUBERTIER, 2017).
Genre Comedy, Drama
Category Feature
Year of Production 2011
Director Leander Haußmann
Screenplay Leander Haußmann
Cinematography Hagen Bogdanski
Cast Michael Bully Herbig, Jürgen Vogel, Thekla Reuten
Producers Günter Rohrbach, Corinna Eich
Production Company Bavaria Pictures/Geiselgasteig, in co-production with Beeplex Film Productions/Grünwald, BSI International Invest/Hamburg, Colonia Media Filmproduktion/Cologne, herbX film, LI Filmproduktion/Bergrheinfeld, Little Shark Entertainment/Cologne, Pirol Film Production/Munich, Rainer Windhager Film Production/Vienna, WDR, Bavaria Film/Geiselgasteig, Bayerischer Rundfunk, Bavaria Fernsehproduktion/Geiselgasteig, ARD Degeto, ARTE
Length 110 min
Format 35 mm, color, cs
Original Version
 German, Russian
Subtitled Version English
Festivals Rome 2011 (In Competition), Palm Springs 2012, Fantasporto 2012, CPH:PIX 2012, Listapad Minsk 2012
Awards Farfalla d'oro Award - Agiscuola & Marc' Aurelio Jury Award for the Best Original Score Rome 2011, Bavaria Film Prize 2011
With backing from Film- und Medienstiftung NRW, Medienboard Berlin-Brandenburg, German Federal Film Board, FilmFernsehFonds Bayern, German Federal Film Fund, BKM, MEDIA, Rundfunk Berlin-Brandenburg
German Distributor Constantin Film Verleih

World Sales
Bavaria Media International
http://www.bavaria-media.com

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