Berlinale 2018, Panorama Dokumente

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.

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.

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.