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HOTEL LUX

by Leander Haussmann

synopsis

Nazi Berlin, 1938. Comedian, womanizer and cabaret actor Hans Zeisig always cracks up his audiences with his Stalin-Hitler show, performed with his close friend and acting partner Siegfried Meyer, a Jew. Hans plays the Russian dictator, Siegfried the Fuhrer. With the political atmosphere changing, Meyer soon joins the Resistance. A few years later, the politically uninterested Hans has to flee, after having given shelter to Siegfried';s beautiful Communist comrade Frida one night. Convinced he';s headed to Hollywood, he lands instead in Moscow, at the infamous Hotel Lux. There, in the legendary “lost paradise” of the Comintern, surrounded by spies and informers, true Communists, fanatics and impostors, because of a secret service error, Hans lands the role of his life – as Stalin’s personal astrologer. Encouraged by the dictator';s support and swept up in the events, he quickly realizes, however, that he';s jumped from the frying pan into the fire: hidden microphones are recording his every word and Stalin starts playing a dangerous game with Hans. A life and death adventure begins.

international title: Hotel Lux
original title: Hotel Lux
country: Germany
sales agent: Global Screen GmbH
year: 2011
genre: fiction
directed by: Leander Haussmann
film run: 110'
screenplay: Leander Haussmann
cast: Michael Herbig, Jürgen Vogel, Thekla Reuten
cinematography by: Hagen Bogdanski
film editing: Hansjörg Weißbrich
art director: Uli Hanisch
costumes designer: Ute Paffendorf
music: Ralf Wengenmayr
producer: Günter Rohrbach, Corinna Eich
production: Bavaria Film, Beeplex Film Productions, BSI International Invest, Colonia Media Filmproduktion, HerbX Film GmbH, LI Filmproduktions GmbH, Little Shark Entertainment, Pirol Film Production, Rainer Windhager Film Production, BR Bayerischer Rundfunk, ARD Degeto Film GMBH, ARTE France
backing: Film- und Medienstiftung NRW, Medienboard Berlin-Brandenburg, German Federal Film Board, FilmFernsehFonds Bayern, German Federal Film Fund, BKM, MEDIA, Rundfunk Berlin-Brandenburg
distributor: Constantin Film
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