2021 / 105 min / United Kingdom / Thriller, Horror
Directed by Julio Maria Martino
Cast: Siobhan Hewlett, Matthew Leitch, Michael Laurence
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 out-dated furnishings and stained surfaces. The story plunges us into the ever-turning carousel of haunted lives who check in and check out of the establishment.
Adulterers, lonely businessmen, and hustlers grapple with their demons whilst a prying, occasionally sinister hotel staff always seems to be within earshot. Inside this hotel the mundane transforms into an implement of threat; a faulty light fixture appears to contain a hidden camera; a heating unit whispers to guests with increasing menace; a television set randomly flips channels, displaying TV shows which reveal a guest’s secret paranoid fantasies; and a stray look into the bathroom mirror becomes the quickest way to disprove your existence.