A poetic, intimate portrait of life in a crumbling, disused luxury hotel, where a group of survivors of the Abkhaz-Georgian war have lived for the past 30 years.
Following the little-known conflict between Georgians and the Abkhaz people in Abkhazia, many civilians were forced to flee the region, with thousands relocating to Tskaltubo, an abandoned tourist resort. Three decades later, the building has fallen into a state of disrepair and its residents are forced to leave. However, their hope and resilience remains intact, still dreaming of one day returning home.
A surreal yet entertaining observation, with much to say about displacement and the sense of home, Hotel Metalurg gives voice to previously unheard stories, just as the war in Ukraine raises spectres of the past for so many.
Followed by a Q&A with directors George Varsimashvili and Jeanne Nouchi.
This screening will be open captioned and the Q&A will be signed – a British Sign Language interpreter will be visible on stage throughout the event.