Playfully mixing fiction and documentary, Hotel Dallas is a surreal parable of communism, capitalism, and the power of art. In the 1980s, in the twilight of communist Romania, Dallas is the only American show allowed on TV. It offers a vision of wealth and glamor that captures the imagination of millions, including Ilie and his daughter Livia. He is a small-time criminal and aspiring capitalist. She is in love with the show’s handsome leading man, Patrick Duffy. After communism falls, Ilie builds the Hotel Dallas, a life-size copy of the Dallas mansion. Livia immigrates to America, becomes a filmmaker, and directs a movie starring Duffy, as a soap opera character who dies in Texas and wakes up in Romania, in a hotel that looks just like home. The film’s unorthodox, freewheeling style moves between fact and fantasy, found footage, poetry and musical numbers, while the actors slip into and out of character, from dramatic dialogue scenes to documentary interviews. Reviewers have called it “mesmerizing,” “a piece of history,” “magical” and “beautifully made.”
As part of the South Arts Southern Circuit Tour of Independent Filmmakers series at ETSU, filmmakers Livia Ungur and Sherng-Lee Huang will attend the free screening and hold a Q&A session after the film, which also will be followed by a reception.
Presented by the Mary B. Martin School of the Arts in partnership with the Division of Radio/Television/Film.
The Southern Circuit Tour of Independent Filmmakers is a program of South Arts. Southern Circuit screenings are funded in part by a grant from South Arts in partnership with the National Endowment for the Art. For more information, visit www.southarts.org.