Feature documentary by Nicolas Wagnières
Erected in Belgrade in 1969, the Hotel Jugoslavija was a mythical place. It was the biggest hotel of the Balkans, both a symbol and a witness to the different moments that shaped the country : From Tito’s Yugoslavia to Milosevic’s Serbia ; from Socialism to corrupted economic liberalism.
Today awaiting the renovation works that will give it its glory back, it is haunting Belgrade landscape, as a reflection of a Serbian society in search of new points of reference.
By exploring the building’s various spaces and eras, by collecting the memories of those who used to inhabit it, the director – of Yugoslavian origin by his mother but born and raised in Switzerland – creates a singular space-time where surface a collective unconscious as well as a part of his own identity.
With support from l’Office Fédéral de la Culture (DFI), Cineforom et la Loterie Romande, RTS – Radio Télévision Suisse, Suissimage, PTC – Radio Television Serbe, La Ville de Genève – Département de la Culture, Canton et République de Genève, la bourse “Brouillon d’un rêve” du SCAM.