Germany / 2020 / 28'
Leipzig, GDR, 1980s: The Hotel Astoria is a magical, almost sacred place. Business people, prostitutes, the elite of the Socialist Party, and from time to time ordinary people meet here. But lobster, salmon and caviar are not always on the menu – extravagance is also on ration. And the Stasi are always watching. Memories of former staff and guests are brought to life in a mix of archive footage and animation. Constant ambiguities show that different historical experiences can co-exist, and that there are gray areas between propaganda and reality. Because truth is always a matter of opinion.
Directors: Alina Cyranek, Falk Schuster
Script: Alina Cyranek
Photography: Falk Schuster
Editing: Alina Cyranek
Sound: Florian Marquardt
Music: Florian Marquardt
Production: Alina Cyranek & Falk Schuster / hug films
Festivals and awards:
- International Short Film Week Regensburg, Germany (2021)
- DOK Leipzig, Germany (2020)
- IDFA – International Documentary Film Festival Amsterdam, the Netherlands (2020)
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