Country of Hotels is a 2019 British mystery thriller about a room in a run-down hotel that has a profoundly dark effect on all who stay there.
Directed by Julio Maria Martino from a screenplay written by David Hauptschein, the movie stars Adam Leese, Sabrina Faroldi, Siobhan Hewlett, Michael Lawrence and Charles Pike.
Country of Hotels tells the stories of the desperate souls who pass through the doors of 508, a room on the fifth floor of an anonymous, decaying hotel. We are taken on a strange and blackly comic journey down its lonely corridors and behind its out-dated furnishings and stained surfaces. The story plunges us into the ever-turning carousel of haunted lives who check-in and out of the establishment.
Adulterers, lonely businessmen, and hustlers grapple with their demons while prying, occasionally sinister hotel staff always seems to be within earshot. Inside this hotel, the mundane transforms into an implement of threat; a faulty light fixture appears to contain a hidden camera; a heating unit whispers to guests with increasing menace; a television set randomly flips channels, displaying TV shows which reveal a guest’s secret paranoid fantasies; and a stray look into the bathroom mirror becomes the quickest way to disprove your existence…
Country of Hotels will receive its European premiere at the virtual Manchester Film Festival and can be seen worldwide on Friday the 12th March at 18:00 pm GMT.
Cast and characters:
Adam Leese … Pauly Blumenthal
Sabrina Faroldi … The Maid
Siobhan Hewlett … Brenda
Ben Shafik … Sammy
Mia Soteriou … The Desk Clerk
Colm Gormley … Comic
Eugenia Caruso … Louisa / Beverly
Robert Shannon … Man
Anna Tobert … Shelley
Christopher Adlington … Raunchy Movie Hotel Clerk
Robert Rinder … Raunchy Movie Hotel Guest
Richard Wellings-Thomas … Bruce Kaufman
Matthew Leitch … Roger
Dickie Beau … Talk Show Host
Charlotte Pyke … Sharon
Olegar Fedoro … Mr. Salber
Maria Golledge … The Voice (voice)
Emily Corcoran … British Wife
Alan Ross … British Husband
Michael Laurence … Derek
Don Magnus Fraser … Body Double
Charles Pike … Vic Spencer
Aspect ratio: 1.85: 1