program > american independents > hotel dallas

sun 13 nov 4:00 pm Murnau Filmtheater

by Livia Ungur and Sherng-Lee Huang

USA/Romania 2016 75 min Romanian-English original version with English subtitles

Script: Livia Ungur, Sherng-Lee Huang, Editor: Sherng-Lee Huang, Production: Ungur & Huang, Producers: Livia Ungur, Sherng-Lee Huang, Cast: Livia Ungur, Patrick Duffy, Răzvan Doroftei, Serena Sgârdea, Maria Croitoru, Nicu Ungureanu, Steluţa Ungureanu, Sherng-Lee Huang

A bizarre docudrama: In Romania in the 1980s the US TV series Dallas provided the only window on the capitalist world and it seemed as if all of Romania’s population were glued to their TV screens, including Ilie and his daughter. The father sees in the figure of ruthless oil tycoon J. R. Ewing the perfect role model for his own devious dealings, while Livia falls in love with actor Patrick Duffy who plays Bobby Ewing…

"HOTEL DALLAS is maddeningly quirky in places, making few concessions to mainstream docudrama conventions. But it is also rather lovely in its loopy rhythms and luscious visuals, a charmingly personal take on shared cultural memories." (Hollywood Reporter)

Biography: 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 Ungur & Huang.

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 worldwide. HOTEL DALLAS marks the pair’s feature film debut.

Filmography (together): 2015 PAGLIACCI; PRODIGAL (both short films), 2016 HOTEL DALLAS

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