Hotel Gagarin (Hotel Gagarin)

  • The Whole World, One Step at a Time (Tutto il mondo piano piano)


Vogue Theatre Sat, Dec 1, 2018 8:15 PM
Film Info
Running Time:94 min.
Director:Simone Spada
Producer:Lotus Production
Rai Cinema
Screenwriter:Simone Spada
Lorenzo Rossi Espagnet
Cinematographer:Maurizio Calvesi
Editor:Clelio Benvenuto
Music:Maurizio Filardo
Cast:Claudio Amendola
Luca Argentero
Giuseppe Battiston
Barbora Bobulova
Silvia D'Amico
Caterina Shulha
Philippe Leroy
Tommaso Ragno
Simone Colombari
Marco Todisco
Paolo De Vita
Gianluca Bertogna
Hovhannes Azoyan
Marjan Avetisyan


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A crooked producer dupes five hopeful Italians into traveling to Armenia to shoot a film. Nicola (Giuseppe Battiston) a rumpled history teacher, can’t believe his script will actually be produced. He travels to Armenia with a ragtag cast and crew, unaware that he is really part of a scam to get European Union funding. Franco Paradiso, the nefarious producer, sets the gullible Nicola up with Valeria (Barbora Bobulova), a Russian-Italian location scout, and Patrizia (Silvia D’Amico), an actress Franco “discovered” on the street. Rounding out the motley crew are Elio (Claudio Amendola), an electrician who has never worked on a film; and Sergio (Luca Argentero), a handsome cinematographer on the lam from mobsters. This fine ensemble cast shines when a civil war maroons the group for months in what was supposed to be a shooting location, the secluded, wintry Hotel Gagarin. There, they find unexpected opportunities for creativity and happiness, fashioning short films based on the dreams of the local villagers.

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Additional Information

Simone Spada (born Torino, 1973) currently lives in Rome. In 1999, he attended a stage direction course at USC Film School in Los Angeles. In 2000, he started his career as first assistant director in cinema and television, working with directors such as Claudio Caligari, Edoardo Leo, Ivano De Matteo, Leonardo Pieraccioni, Claudio Amendola, Gabriele Mainetti, Gennaro Nunzianto, and Wilma Labate. He has directed award-winning documentaries and short films, including Piccole storie di elementi primari (2008), which screened at the Festival Cinema di Roma; Spot Ccl Plus (2005); Lovte (2003), which was awarded Best Film at the RomaDocFestival; and Le sale di oggi nel cinema di domani (2000). His script, Il muro (2005), was a finalist for the Alberto Sordi Award for original screenplay.