bi'bakino #33


Thursday, 21.09.2017 at 8pm
in presence of the actress Svenja Steinfelder

The journey is the destination – The journey as self-discovery and self-experience

The series WE, TRAVELLING PEOPLE starts with a film screening: Hotel Very Welcome by Sonja Heiss.
Travel is today far more than just adventure and recreation and in no case to be confused with holidays: for many travelers today, self-discovery and self-optimization are no longer merely a possible side-effect, but are a fixed goal on the agenda. The search for oneself, and careful handling of oneself and its environment are at the forefront for modern backpackers.

The film Hotel Very Welcome follows the experiences of five backpacking tourists in Thailand and India. Josh and Adam are actually friends who are interested in women and beach parties. Their friendship is put into consideration, when one of them has no more money and is dependent on the grace of the other. Svenja gets  stuck in a hotel room in Bangkok and telephones for days with a call center to get a return flight. Liam travels through India in search of the ultimate drug experience. Marion tries to meditate in an ashramcenter. The film ironically questions the possibilities of a globalized search for meaning and condenses a critical portrait of the backpacker generation.

Director: Sonja Heiss
Germany, 89 min.
w/ German subs

Sonja Heiss, born in 1976, graduated from the Munich College of Television and Film. Hotel Very Welcome, her first cinema-movie, celebrated its premiere at the 2007 Berlinale, has been awarded with numerous prizes and was shown worldwide at festivals. Her second film Hedi Schneider steckt fest was nominated for the German film prize in the screenplay category and won in the category for best main character.

Funded by Stiftung Nord-Süd-Brücken aus Mitteln der BMZ