Jun 18th 2022

You are invited to the Chicago premiere of Country of Hotels at Chicago Filmmakers on Saturday, June 18, at 7:00 p.m. David Hauptschein wrote the screenplay for this feature film and it was directed by London-based Julio Maria Martino. The screening will be followed by a Q&A featuring Julio, actor Charles Pike, and David Hauptschein.

As a bonus, an exhibition of Hauptschein’s uncanny digital self-portraits will be opening that night in the Filmmakers lobby and elsewhere in the building.

Doors open at 6:30.The show could sell out, so consider purchasing tickets in advance. And parking in that area is tricky, so please leave extra time. For tickets or more information, phone (773) 293-1447 or visit https://chicagofilmmakers.org/upcoming-screenings-and-events/country-of-hotels.

Country of Hotels tells the stories of the desperate souls who pass through the doors of 508, a room on the fifth floor of an anonymous, decaying hotel. We are taken on a surreal and blackly comic journey down its lonely corridors and behind its outdated furnishings and stained surfaces. The story plunges us into the ever-turning carousel of haunted lives who check in and out: adulterers, lonely businessmen, and hustlers grappling with their demons while a prying, occasionally sinister hotel staff always seems to be within earshot. Room 508 is the kind of room where a stray look into the bathroom mirror becomes the quickest way to disprove your existence (2020, UK, 105 mins).

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