HOTEL CALIFORNIA - NOBLESSE OBLIGE (9', Romania, 2013)

Screening: Fr, 13 Dec., Studio Cinema, 9:00pm


Dark and sensual, HOTEL CALIFORNIA is a mesmerizing black and white photo and video collage that tells an intricate tale of toxic relationships, a glimpse through the peeping hole into the protagonist’s memories. Set to the sultry voice of Noblesse Oblige’s lead singer, in this cover of The Eagles’ famous song, the filmmaker creatively envisions the inner turmoil of a young man remembering a seductive and destructive femme fatale, in a collage of past and present, vulnerability and inner demons. With a distinctive film noir atmosphere, HOTEL CALIFORNIA doesn’t talk about a place; hell is not somewhere you go, but something you carry around with you. (Diana Mereoiu, BIEFF 2013)

Director: CARMEN LIDIA VIDU

 

Cinematography: Horaţiu Lazăr

Editing: Cristina Baciu

Producer: Carmen Lidia Vidu


Premiere: WORLD PREMIERE


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NOBLESSE OBLIGE

Kai Schmidt

www.noblesseoblige.co.uk

info[at]reporecords[dot]de

 

CARMEN LIDIA VIDU is an unconventional multimedia theatre director, the youngest in the National Theatre of Bucharest for the past 10 years. With a fascinating aesthetic sense, VIDU takes theatre approach to a new level, combining phenomenal role play with dynamic set up and multimedia theatre. Using the means of multimedia and unconventional music, she has managed to create an atmosphere of TV shows and underground in her plays.

 

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DIRECTOR’S STATEMENT:

HOTEL CALIFORNIA is an interpretation of the high life in Los Angeles. It is actually a metaphor; there are several strange Internet theories and urban legends about the real Hotel California. Some include suggestions that it was an old church taken over by devil worshippers, a psychiatric hospital, an inn run by cannibals or Aleister Crowley's mansion in Scotland. It's even been suggested that the Hotel California is the Playboy Mansion. The real Hotel California is not a place; it is a metaphor for the west coast music industry and its effect on the talented but unworldly musicians who find themselves ensnared in its glittering web.” (CARMEN LIDIA VIDU)

 

CURATOR’S COMMENT:

“In CARMEN LIDIA VIDU’s view, the technique of collage is not just overlapping images, an exercise of free-association, but an inventive way to envision the thoughts of the protagonist, a young man who seems to still be living in what appears to have been a toxic love story. Within the same frame, the past blends with the present. If memory is represented as a cluster of images, the here and now is seen as an empty space, a black background behind the protagonist’s thoughtful and naked silhouette. For him, memories are like open wounds, they pulsate so vividly that he lets himself be engulfed by them.” (Diana Mereoiu, BIEFF 2013)


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