Hotel Dallas

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    Hotel Dallas

    Directed by

    Romania, USA

    2016

    75 min

    • English
    • Romanian

    Documentary

    In the 80s, in the twilight of communist Romania, "Dallas" is the only American show allowed on TV. It offers a vision of wealth and glamour that captures the imagination of millions. Among them are Ilie and his daughter Livia. He is a small-time criminal and aspiring capitalist; she is in love with the show’s handsome leading man, Patrick Duffy. After communism falls, Ilie builds the Hotel Dallas, a life-size copy of the “Dallas” mansion. Livia immigrates to America, becomes a filmmaker, and directs a movie starring Patrick Duffy, as a man who dies in Texas and wakes up in Romania, in a hotel that looks just like home.

    Awards

    • Special Mention - Valletta FF

    Festivals

    Credits

    Cast
    Livia Ungur
    Patrick Duffy
    Răzvan Doroftei
    Serena Sgârdea
    Maria Croitoru
    Screenplay
    Sherng-Lee Huang
    Livia Ungur
    Editing
    Sherng-Lee Huang
    Music
    Samuel Suggs
    Production
    UNGUR & HUANG
    Sales
    HERETIC OUTREACH

    Press

    A surreal art house film.

    Scott Roxborough, The Hollywood Reporter

    Maddeningly quirky in places, making few concessions to mainstream docudrama conventions.

    Stephen Dalton, The Hollywood Reporter

    Lovely in its loopy rhythms and luscious visuals, a charmingly personal take on shared cultural memories.

    Stephen Dalton, The Hollywood Reporter

    Livia Ungur

    Livia Ungur

    Romania

    Livia Ungur was born in Romania in 1979. She studied at the Yale School of Art and collaborates with her husband Sherng-Lee Huang as the artist duo Unger & Huang. Their feature documentary HOTEL DALLAS (2016) was selected at the Berlinale Panorama.

    Sherng-Lee  Huang

    Sherng-Lee Huang

    USA

    Sherng-Lee Huang was born in Tennessee, USA, in 1979. His first brush with film was making comedies for his Quiet Library Youtube channel. His work as part of the Ungur & Huang artist duo has been exhibited world wide. HOTEL DALLAS marks the pair's first feature film. It was selected at the Berlinale Panorama in 2016.