“A combination of documentary, unstuck-in-time fantasy, and children’s theater […] The effect is mesmerizing.” — Baltimore Sun
In the twilight of communist Romania, Dallas is the only American show allowed on TV. It offers a vision of wealth and glamour that captures the imagination of millions. Among them are 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 an artist, and directs a film starring Patrick Duffy, as a soap opera character who dies in Texas and wakes up in Romania, in a hotel that looks just like home.
Official selection: Berlinale 2016
Directors Livia Ungur, Sherng-Lee Huang
Cast Livia Ungar, Razvan Doroftei, Sonia Chihaia, Maria Croitoru, Serena Sgardea, Bogdan Velicu
Script Livia Ungur, Sherng-Lee Huang
Producers Livia Ungur, Sherng-Lee Huang