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Seniors

Seniors’ paid matinee: Hotel Salvation + intro

Mukti Bhawan

An old man takes his son to a hotel where he hopes to die, but instead finds a new lease of life.

Image from Hotel Salvation

India 2016
Dir Shubhashish Bhutiani
With Adil Hussain, Lalit Behl, Geetanjali Kulkarni
99min
Digital
Hindi with EST
Certificate 12A
A BFI release

Daya, a 77-year-old father, and Rajiv, his over-worked accountant son, journey to the eponymous Hotel Salvation in the awe-inspiring holy city of Varanasi. Rajiv struggles with anxieties about his responsibilities back home, while Daya (whose prophetic dream about his own death led them there) starts to bloom in the hotel as he befriends a delightful widow. The simple pleasures of this timeless city are explored as father and son belatedly come to know each other in the enforced intimacy of their cramped hotel room and the teaming streets. With superb performances from renowned actors Hussain (Life of Pi), Behl (Titli) and Kulkarni (Court), this gentle and tender multi award-winning film will make you laugh and cry.

Julie Pearce, Head of Distribution and Programme Operations

Plus, from 1899, the earliest surviving Indian film, featuring Varanasi, courtesy of the BFI National Archive.

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