Hotel Astoria

  • Alina Cyranek, Falk Schuster
  • Germany
  • 2020
  • 28 min
  • International Premiere
  • IDFA Competition for Short Documentary
Memories of the legendary Hotel Astoria, where extravagance was also on ration, are brought to life through a combination of archive
footage and animation. We hear about the nuances and absurdities of life in the GDR, from turtle soup in a country known for scarcity to the hotel bar where prostitutes, tourists, and Stasi agents all hung out. These agents kept an eye on everything that happened; the paranoia that characterized the GDR era was just as present in the hotel.


Alina Cyranek, Falk Schuster
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MDR Mitteldeutscher Rundfunk


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28', DCP, color
Spoken languages

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International Premiere
IDFA Competition for Short Documentary

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