The cross-frontier migrant’s life ‘within the system’ - an endless, featureless, futureless round of queues - becomes even bleaker in December. Bipul doesn’t want to admit it, but the arrival of Lidia, a Russian girl makes a difference. Hope? Surely not! A future? Get real! December is also the ninth month of Martina’s pregnancy. But, just when the situation seems hopeless, help is at hand. A Christmas story.


Title Problemski Hotel
Original title Problemski Hotel
Original language English, Russian, Dutch, French, Arabic, Kurdish
Status Completed
Production Majority Flemish
Category Features
Year 2015
World première / first public presentation 2015-10-16


Cast Tarek Halaby, Evgenia Brendes, Gökhan Girginol, Lydia Indjova
Photography Renaat Lambeets
Editing Michèle Hubinon
Sound Ranko Pauković
Art director Igor Gabriel
Costume Anne-Catherine Kunz
Makeup Nathalie De Hen
Music Harry de Wit
Re-recording Mixer Michel Schöpping
Additional Music Guy Cabay
Art Photographer Eddo Hartmann

Technical specs

Running time film 110'
Release format DCP
Other available formats digital file
Aspect ratio 2.39:1
Sound format Dolby 5.1 Surround
Colour Colour


Supported by the Flanders Audiovisual Fund (VAF), Netherlands Film Production Incentive, Centre du cinéma et de l'audiovisuel de la fédération Wallonie-Bruxells, MEDIA Programma of the European Union
Production partners Volya Films, Thank You & Good Night productions, BNP Paribas Fortis Film Finance, STAP Programme of Telenet, VRT/CANVAS, Riche Riche & Riche


2018: Under Construction Festival (PS), Semaine européenne du cinéma (BF)

2017: Festival International du Premier Film d'Annonay (FR); Rencontres du Cinéma Européen (FR); Rencontres Cinévoyageur - Cinema Confluent (FR); Scriptwriters International Film Festival Valence (FR); European Union Film Festival (SG); Prachtige Films! - Filme aus den Niiederlanden und Flandern (DE); European Union Film Festival (SG), Arab Film Festival (JO); MF Opowiadania - 13th International Short Story Festival (PL); IOM Global Migration Festival (worldwide)

2016: International Film Festival Rotterdam (NL); Cinequest Film Festival (US); Febiofest-Prague International Film Festival (CZ); Internationales Filmfestival Innsbruck (AT); Moscow International Film Festival (RU); International Film Festival LOVE IS FOLLY (BG); Festival des Films du Monde de Montréal (CA); Internationales Filmfest Oldenburg (DE); Raindance Film Festival (GB); Evolution! Mallorca International Film Festival (ES); Festival international du film de la Roche-sur-Yon (FR)

2015: Film Fest Ghent (BE); BE Film Festival (BE)


2017: Special Mention of the Cinéscop Jury - Valence Scénario - Festival International des Scénaristes, Grand Prix du Jury - Festival Effervescence (FR)

2016: Ensor for Best Debut (Tarek Halaby) - Film Festival Oostende (BE); Best Actor in a Feature Film - Evolution! Mallorca International Film Festival (ES); Le Grand Prix Film - Festival international du film de la Roche-sur-Yon (FR); Global Vision Award - Cinequest Film Festival (USA); Prix de Fiction - Brussels in Love Film Festival (BE)

Problemski Hotel opens Raindance Film Festival

Manu Riche’s feature film debut Problemski Hotel, based on a novel by best-selling Belgian author Dimitri Verhulst, is the opening film of this year’s Raindance Film Festival (21 September-2 October) in London. The festival closes with Dominik Moll’s News from Planet Mars, which stars Flemish actress Veerle Baetens. Raindance previously announced its slate of shorts, including Nkosi Coiffure and Feel Sad for the Bunny.

Problemski HotelManu Riche’s Problemski Hotel was chosen to open this year’s edition for its “creativity and ability to captivate audiences”. The film is to have its UK premiere at Raindance and reveals the changes that occur in the lives of several people born in areas affected by war and armed conflict.

Published on Sunday 4 September 2016

Brother and Problemski Hotel invited to Cinequest

Geoffrey Enthoven’s latest film Brother and Problemski Hotel, the debut feature by Manu Riche, are to receive their North American premieres at the Cinequest Film Festival (1-13 March) in Silicon Valley.

BrotherIn Brother, Mark gets an unexpected invitation from a rich Irish woman, Grace, who wishes to renew their love affair of 20 years before. However, the message is not meant for him but for his late brother Michel. Mark decides to pose as his brother and to settle the old family score that way. But it turns out that Grace has her own agenda.

Published on Tuesday 2 February 2016

Good start for Ghent Film Fest

Robin Pront's feature debut The Ardennes is the opening attraction at the 42nd Film Fest Ghent (13-24 October). The film, receiving its European première, is just one of the many indigenous titles Belgium's oldest and largest festival has in its programme this year. There are in total five Flemish features, one TV series, a dozen shorts, and two co-productions with Flanders.

The ArdennesOpening the Fest is The Ardennes starring Veerle Baetens (The Broken Circle Breakdown), Kevin Janssens and Jeroen Perceval, with the latter also co-writing the script with director Robin Pront. The film has already attracted attention at this year's Toronto International Film Festival where it had its world premiere and was picked up by distributors in such key territories as France (Diaphana) and Italy (Satine). Producer is Bart van Langendonck for Savage Film, the company behind Oscar-nominated Bullhead. International sales are handled by Montreal-based Attraction Distribution.

Published on Tuesday 13 October 2015

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Director Manu Riche
Producers Emmy Oost
Writers Manu Riche, Steve Hawes, Dimitri Verhulst

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