By Livia UNGUR, Sherng-Lee HUANG

HERETIC OUTREACH - as SALES All rights, World

Documentary - Completed 2016

1980s Romania.
The TV show “Dallas” becomes a huge hit and inspires a young woman to immigrate to America.

& Awards

Berlinale - EFM 2016
Hot Docs Canada 2016
    • Year of production
    • 2016
    • Genres
    • Documentary, First film
    • Countries
    • Languages
    • Duration
    • 75 mn
    • Director(s)
    • Livia UNGUR, Sherng-Lee HUANG
    • Synopsis
    • Playfully mixing fiction and documentary, “Hotel Dallas” is a surreal parable of communism, capitalism, and the power of art.
      In the 80s, in the twilight of communist Romania, “Dallas” is the only American show allowed on TV. It offers a vision of wealth and glamour that captures the imagination of millions.
      Among them are Ilie and his daughter Livia. He is a small-time criminal and aspiring capitalist; she is in love with the show’s handsome leading man, Patrick Duffy. After communism falls, Ilie builds the Hotel Dallas, a life-size copy of the “Dallas” mansion. Livia immigrates to America, becomes an artist, and directs a film starring Patrick Duffy, as a soap opera character who dies in Texas and wakes up in Romania, in a hotel that looks just like home.