HOTEL JUGOSLAVIJA – Screenings at Berlinale

February 7, 2018: HOTEL JUGOSLAVIJA is a journey through the times and spaces of Belgrade’s legendary Grand Hotel Jugoslavija. Built as an emblem of the ideals of socialism it came to see the historical changes of post-Yugoslavian Serbia. The first feature-length film of Nicolas Wagnières, will celebrate its European premiere at the section Panorama Dokumente of this year’s Berlin International Film Festival.

EUROPEAN PREMIERE: Tuesday, February 20th, 8.00 pm, Cinestar 7
Further screenings:
Wednesday, February 21st, 2.30 pm, Cinestar 7
Thursday, February 22nd, 5.30 pm, Cubix 7
Sunday, February 25th, 5.00 pm, Cinestar 7

Director: Nicolas Wagnières
Switzerland, 2017, 78 Min.
Original language & subtitles: French, Serbian/ English

The Film
Erected in Novi Belgrade in 1969, the Hotel Jugoslavija was a mythical place. It was both a symbol and a witness of the various moments that shaped former Yugoslavia: From Tito to Milosevic; from Socialism to Nationalism; from NATO’s bombings to corrupted economic liberalism. Today it is still haunting Belgrade’s landscape, as a reflection of a Serbian society in search of new milestones.
With this journey through the times and spaces of the building, the director – of Yugoslavian origin by his mother but born and raised in Switzerland – explores both a collective unconscious and a part of his own identity.

The Director
Nicolas Wagnières was born in Lausanne, Switzerland. He frequently collaborates as a Videographer with stage directors and choreographers in Geneva (Foofwa d’Imobilité, Noemi Lapzeson, Jérôme Richer and others) while working on documentary projects. Hotel Jugoslavija is his first feature film.
After graduating as a structural engineering draughtsman, he spent the 90’s as a records store manager, music producer and independent DJ. He then undertook Film studies at the Fine Arts School of Geneva.