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Sweden | 2013 | 97 minutes | Lisa Langseth

This oddball Swedish drama is a guilty pleasure tale of a therapy group that starts its own unique course of treatment in the well-appointed confines of anonymous hotels.

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In times of crisis, who hasn’t wanted to be someone else? Cathartic oddball drama Hotell trades this universal sentiment with a guilty pleasure tale of a therapy group that starts its own unique course of treatment. Whipping up a sympathetic brew of humor, compassion, awkwardness, and devastation, Lisa Langseth draws intense and committed performances from a fine cast that includes Alicia Vikander (A Royal Affair). Young, affluent, and expecting her first child, Type A interior designer Erika thinks she has everything under control. But fate has something different in store and she just can’t cope with the changes. Unable to confront her own pain, Erika tries group therapy, where she distracts herself by listening to the problems of others. There she meets torture-obsessed Rikard (David Dencik), who has major mommy issues; pathologically timid Ann-Sofi; lonely, middle-aged Pernilla; and silent Peter. When the therapy group leader goes on vacation, the members decide to explore the notion of making a fresh start by going somewhere no one knows them—the well-appointed confines of anonymous hotels. Will the group find comfort in these swell surroundings or perhaps in each other?

Director Biography

Lisa Langseth, born in 1975, is a playwright and stage director. Sex, class and power are recurrent in her work. She created Beloved in 2004, a play starring Noomi Rapace. She made her feature debut in 2010 with Pure, based on her play. In 2011 she won the Swedish Guldbagge Award for Best Screenplay.

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Director: Lisa Langseth
Principal Cast: Alicia Vikander, David Dencik, Anna Bjelkerud, Mira Eklund, Henrik Norlén
Country: Sweden
Year: 2013
Running Time: 97 minutes
Producer: Patrik Andersson, Frida Jonason
Screenplay: Lisa Langseth
Cinematographers: Simon Pramsten
Editors: Elin Pröjts
Music: Johan Berthling, Andreas Söderström
Website: Official Film Website
Awards: Guldbagge Awards 2014 (Best Supporting Actress), Marrakech International Film Festival 2013 (Best Actress)
Filmography: Pure (2009)
Language: Swedish
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Format: DCP
International Sales: MK2
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