Berlin 2016 – Competition
Berlin 2016 – Winner – FIPRESCI Prize
Berlin 2016 – Winner – Silver Bear Grand Jury Prize
Sarajevo's Hotel Europe is bustling in preparation for tonight's European Union gala for the centennial of Archduke Franz Ferdinand's assassination. But the disgruntled staff plans to strike because they haven't been paid for two months. If this prestigious political dinner fails, the already mortgaged hotel will be shut down by the bank. Desperate to stop the strike, hotel manager Omer must turn to tough guy Enzo, who runs the cellar strip club. Things get tricky for head receptionist Lamija when her mother Hatidza is elected strike leader. While the French VIP guest rehearses his keynote speech in his room, TV journalist Vedrana conducts interviews on the roof for a centennial special. Among her guests is Gavrilo Princip, the namesake descendant of the Archduke's assassin. Firm political stances quickly lead to age-old disputes. From the roof to the cellar, via the reception, laundry room and kitchen, increasing tensions turn the Hotel Europe into an ideological pressure cooker.
A political thriller from award-winning director Danis Tanovic (AN EPISODE IN THE LIFE OF AN IRON PICKER, TIGERS, NO MAN'S LAND).