Itálie, 2016, 90 min
Hotel Splendid is an intimate and a collective account of a community of migrants from the African coasts who are living in a reception center for asylum seekers. It is a glimpse into the daily experiences and operation of an Italian hotel turned into an emergency camp for refugees. The documentary interweaves two different story-lines: the dramatic journey undertaken by the migrants to reach Europe, with its load of violence and abuse, and the itinerary that asylum seekers must follow upon their entrance in the camp until the evaluation procedure is over.
Mauro Bucci in an Italian filmmaker and independent researcher in the field of Visual Anthropology. He wrote scientific essays about ethnographic films for the Italian cinema journal «Bianco e Nero», for the ethnographic journal «Visual Ethnography», for a collective volume of anthropological papers published by Clueb. His last essay for the book "Looking with Robert Gardner" has been published by Suny Press in August 2016. Mauro Bucci graduated with honours from the University of Bologna in "Dams" (curriculum Cinema) and has a diploma from the School of Visual Ethnography of ISFCI in Rome. He worked as a one-man crew shooting video, recording sound, and editing footage for "Hotel Splendid", his first work as a cinematographic author. The documentary, which was self-produced, was completed following 12 months' of fieldwork, and is based on the ethnographic method of participant observation.
Director, Production, Camera, Script, Edit: Mauro Bucci
Language of Dialogues: Italian, English, French, Wolof language
Language of Subtitles: Czech, English
Launching of the movie, awards (selection):
GRAND PRIX International Ethno Film Festival "The Heart of Slavonia" Chorvatsko 2017; BEST FEATURE-LENGTH FILM, prize "Gold Marzocco" Adriano Asti and BEST DOCUMENTARY FILM, prize Luciano Becattini, Valdarno Cinema Fedic Valdarno, Itaálie 2017; SPECIAL MENTION, Bastimento Film Festival Bologna, Itálie 2017
P.I. Crawford talks about Hotel Splendid: https://vimeo.com/249992367