This film is not currently scheduled to screen at New Park.
Faced with his father's untimely and bizarre demand to go and die in the holy city of Varanasi and attain Salvation, a son is left with no choice but to embark on this journey.
An Indian comedy full of emotional depth and understated paradox, ‘Hotel Salvation’ describes the tragicomic ordeal of an over-worked modern son who is forced to set his job aside and accompany his elderly father to the holy city of Varanasi to, presumably, die… however, the outcome is never a given. This well-made first feature that won director Shubhashish Bhutiani the Unesco award for peace and human rights in Venice this year.
Though small and low-budget with an ambling rhythm, the tale’s exotic setting, family values and satisfying moral outcome make it an ideal festival film and is far removed from Bollywood. The film has many elements that bring to mind the Indian retirement haven of ‘Best Exotic Marigold Hotel’ and its sequel, but Bhutiani’s take on the subject is embedded in Indian culture and Hindu rituals.
The acting is beautifully low-key, it’s full of warmth and tenderness that involves the audience in the shared joy, worry and grief of an identifiable family.