Hotel Jugoslavija

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    Hotel Jugoslavija

    Directed by

    Switzerland

    2017

    78 min

    • French
    • Serbian

    Erected in Belgrade in 1969, the Hotel Jugoslavija was a mythical place. It was the biggest hotel of the Balkans, both a symbol and a witness to the different moments that shaped the country : From Tito’s Yugoslavia to Milosevic’s Serbia ; from Socialism to corrupted economic liberalism. Today, it is still haunting Belgrade landscape, as a reflection of a Serbian society in search of new points of reference. By exploring the building’s various spaces and eras, by collecting the memories of those who used to inhabit it, the director – of Yugoslavian origin by his mother but born and raised in Switzerland – creates a singular space-time where surface a collective unconscious as well as a part of his own identity.

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    Credits

    Screenplay
    Nicolas Wagnières
    Cinematography
    Denis Jutzeler
    Benoît Peverelli
    Editing
    Damián Plandoit
    Music
    Filippo Gonteri
    Production
    C-SIDE PRODUCTIONS
    Sales
    TASKOVSKI FILMS LTD.
    Nicolas Wagnières

    Nicolas Wagnières

    Switzerland

    Born in Lausanne, Switzerland in 1971, after training as a structural engineering draughtsman he worked in a record store and as a music producer and DJ. Following his graduation in film from the Geneva School of Art and Design (HEAD) in 2005, he stayed on for five more years as a research assistant. He frequently collaborates as a videographer with theatre directors and choreographers in Geneva and also works on documentaries. HOTEL JUGOSLAVIJA is his debut documentary feature.