South Asian Film Festival
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After a prophetic dream, 77-year old Daya announces to his family his time has come and he wishes to travel to the holy city of Varanasi on the Ganges to die there. The task to accompany his father falls to his dutiful and stressed accountant son Rajiv. Once they have checked into the Hotel Salvation though, where guests wait for the end of their lives, Daya seems to be reinvigorated, and lifelong conflicts and feelings between father and son reemerge in this wry and heartfelt comedy-drama shot through with eccentric humor. Winner of the Unesco Award for peace and human rights at the Venice Film Festival where it world premiered, HOTEL SALVATION (MUKTI BHAWAN) is a thoughtful comedy about mortality, freedom, tradition, and family ties that is full of warmth and tenderness.
India, 2016, 99 min, Directed by Shubhashish Bhutiani, Not Rated, In Hindi with English subtitles
“An Indian comedy full of emotional depth and understated paradox.”– Deborah Young, HOLLYWOOD REPORTER