Monday, August 26, 2013

2013 Films: Night in a Hotel

Night in A Hotel  by Daniel Kontur
United Kingdom (Milwaukee Premiere)
Running Time: 13 Minutes
Screening Time: Juried Films 7pm. Oct 26th
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James seeks nothing more than to make his young son happy. The boy's obsession with getting waved back from the morning train affects his otherwise happy childhood.

James sets off to the nearby town to take the morning train but meets a mysterious old stranger in a hotel the night before.



Director Statement
The short story by Siegfried Lenz, which this film is based on, is made up of three conversations and a very brief and distant description of a father’s journey from a hotel to his home village. The short story was written and published in West-Germany in 1947. Although this story is evidently set in a destroyed and defeated Germany, I felt it could be translated to any place in the world. Therefore, the true setting of the film is never revealed, only that there was a war.

What intrigued me, as a filmmaker, was that this story was an old man’s tale of overcoming a very painful past and finding a reason to carry on by waving back to this child from the train.

However, the story is told from the father’s point of view, who acts as a conduit between his son and the old man. Both are at opposite ends of the spectrum: one is an old man who has lost all hope and affection for life (hence the cynical comments on suicide) and the other is a young sensitive boy searching for hope (or, if you like, a tangible sense of generosity: someone to wave back to him from the train).

In order to make this story work in a film, I made the old man’s catharsis on the train the focal point and fi- nal goal of the emotional build up of the film. I did this by adding a train waving sequence into the film which isn’t present in the short story by Lenz.

The reason I believe that this story is still relevant to- day, is because it provides us with an easily transmut- able pathway into what people must endure in times of hardship, but, above all, how they can find hope in times where all hope seems to have vanished.

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HollyShorts International Short Film Festival
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