Room 304 (as part of Moving Danes lecure) / Værelse 304
Birgitte Stærmose, Denmark, Croatia, 2011.
Directed by: Birgitte Stærmose Script: Kim Fupz Aakeson Producer: Jesper Morthorst, Igor Nola Production company: Alphaville Pictures Copenhagen ApS, Mainframe Production Cinematography: Igor Martinović Editing: Anne Østerud Music: Jocelyn Pook Cast: Mikael Birkkjær, Stine Stengade, David Dencik, Trine Dyrholm, Luan Jaha, Ariadna Gil, Magnus Krepper
Format: 35 mm Running time: 88'
Synopsis Director Birgitte Stærmose’s multi-layered drama takes place over the course of three days in a Copenhagen hotel and revolves around a mysterious gunshot. The protagonists are several characters whose diametrically opposed life stories gradually intertwine, both accidentally and intentionally – a lonely flight attendant comes to the hotel looking for love; a couple of immigrant hotel employees are seeking revenge; a desperate hotel manager; a woman whose husband has left her; a reception clerk who keeps trying (in vain) to smile more when welcoming guests; and many others. The leitmotifs of this multicultural movie include intimacy, forgiveness, and human frailty. Stærmose succeeds in skillfully articulating the movie’s visual style in concord with the individual stories of the protagonists, who feel constricted not only by their own lives but also within the closed walls of the hotel.
Awards and Festivals Karlovy Vary International Film Festival 2011- Special Mention
Directors Biography Birgitte Stærmose, born 1963, Denmark, graduated in film and media arts from Temple University in Philadelphia. She has shot several short films which have won prizes at foreign festivals (Sundance, Berlin, Rotterdam), including 'Now, Look at Me' (2001), 'Small Avalanches' (2003), 'Letters from Denmark' (2006), 'Principles of Attraction' (2006), and 'Sophie' (2006, ARTE prize). Her first documentary, 'Out of Love' (2009), received a Special Mention at the Berlin film festival. 'Room 304'' marks her feature debut as a director.
Location and screening schedule: EUROPA CINEMA, Monday, October 17th at 15.00