EN - Entering a grand hotel has always been a special occasion. In Beira, Mozambique, it was the case, and still is, but not for the same reasons. In one of the grandest hotels in the world, born of and to luxury, today you enter at your your own risk. More than 3,500 people have taken possession of the building and live without water and electricity.

NL - Grande Hotel, Beira, Mozambique. Een van de ‘grandest’ hotels ter wereld, gebouwd door én voor luxe, betreed je vandaag slechts op eigen risico. Meer dan 2500 mensen leven er zonder water of elektriciteit. Zij hebben het hotel ingenomen en vervormden niet enkel zijn stenen, maar ook zijn dromen. Een reis doorheen het heden en verleden van een stad in een stad; een verhaal over koloniale megalomanie, revolutionaire ijdelheid en je thuis voelen.

FR - Entrer dans un Grand Hôtel a toujours été une occasion particulière. A Beira, au Mozambique, c’était le cas et ça l’est resté, mais plus pour les mêmes raisons. Dans l’un des plus grands hôtels luxueux au monde, vous entrez désormais à vos risques et périls. Plus de 3500 personnes y vivent sans eau ni électricité. Elles ont pris possession des lieux et ont réarrangé non seulement les pierres mais aussi les rêves. Un voyage à travers le présent et le passé d’une ville à l’intérieur d’une ville. Une histoire sur la mégalomanie coloniale et l’orgueil révolutionnaire.


Title Grande Hotel
Original title Grande Hotel
Original language Portuguese, English
Status Completed
Production Majority Flemish
Category Docs
Year 2010


Photography Joao Ribeiro
Editing Dieter Diependaele, Katarina Türler
Music Lula Pena, Red Gjeci, Tom Vanhecke

Technical specs

Running time film 70'
Release format HD
Aspect ratio 16/9
Sound format Stereo
Colour Colour


Supported by Flanders Audiovisual Fund (VAF), Netherlands Film Fund, Canvas

Grande Hotel wins This Human World festival in Vienna

Lotte Stoops’ feature documentary, Grande Hotel, has won the Jury Award at the fifth This Human World Film Festival in Vienna (29 November – 9 December). With the Jury Award, the most important prize of the fest, Grande Hotel is assured of an Austrian release and an official screening in the Swiss city of Bern.

Still from Lotte Stoops' Grande HotelGrande Hotel had its world premiere last year at the International Film Festival of Rotterdam and went on to fests such as Hot Docs in Toronto, where it received an Honourable Mention, and the Margaret Mead fest in NY. At the start of 2012, director Stoops also won France Télévision’s Michel Mitrani Award at the 25th Festival International des Programmes Audiovisuels (FIPA) in Biarritz.

Published on Wednesday 12 December 2012

Blue Bird and The Invader nominated in Göteborg

Nicolas Provost’s feature debut The Invader and Gust Van den Berghe’s Blue Bird have been nominated for The Ingmar Bergman International Debut Award at Sweden’s Göteborg International Film Festival (27 January-6 February). The festival also selected Lotte Stoops’ Grande Hotel and Tom Fassaert’s An Angel in Doel in the Dokumentärt and Visionärer sections respectively.

Still from The Invader, feature of Nicolas ProvostA total of eight films from around the world were nominated for the prestigious award. With two Flemish filmmakers nominated out of eight, Belgian cinema from Flanders clearly demonstrated its vibrancy and talent. The Ingmar Berman International Debut Award is awarded to “a debutant who in his film treats an existential theme with a dynamic or experimental approach to the cinematic means of expression.”

Published on Thursday 2 February 2012

Desert Island and Grande Hotel grab FIPA kudos

Steve Thielemans’s Desert Island took the FIPA d’Or for Creative Documentary at this year's 25th International Festival of Audiovisual Programs (FIPA, 23-29 January). Lotte Stoops’ Grande Hotel received the Michel Mitrani Prize. No less than eight Flemish productions screened at FIPA this year.

Steve Thielemans's Desert IslandThe Michel Mitrani Award, named after the late founder of the festival and worth €8,000, is traditionally awarded by France Télévision on the night prior to the closing ceremony. The jury of five selected Grande Hotel from a total of seven nominated films from different sections of the festival.

Published on Friday 3 February 2012

Flanders docs prominent at Margaret Mead

The Margaret Mead Film Festival (10-13 Nov) in New York has confirmed three Flemish documentaries for its line-up. Both Lotte Stoops’ Grande Hotel, which has the honour of opening the Fest, and Sofie Benoot’s Blue Meridian are selected for the ‘Filmmaker in Person’ programme. Kristof Bilsen’s White Elephant is screening in the shorts programme.

Still from Sofie Benoot's Blue MeridianEarlier this year Grande Hotel had its international debut at the International Film Festival Rotterdam. From there it went on to be selected for the prestigious Hot Docs competition in Canada where it received an Honourable Mention. Months later, the film is still popular on the festival circuit as evidenced by the prestigious opening of the Margaret Mead Festival and selections for Silver Docs.

Published on Wednesday 2 November 2011

Transilvania fetes 10th edition the Belgian way

Celebrating its 10th anniversary, the Transilvania International Film Festival (TIFF, 3 - 19 June) presents a Belgian Focus containing seven Flemish and seven French-speaking Belgian films.

Oxygen selected for Official Competition at TIFFOne of the titles, Hans Van Nuffel's feature debut Oxygen, also made it into competition. Artistic director of the festival, Mihaj Chirilov, describes the film as an 'intimate film that puts under the microscope individual destines in extreme circumstances'. Since its Montreal World Film Festival debut last year, where it won the Grand Prize of the Americas, Oxygen garnered an impressive number of festival selections and kudos.

Published on Monday 6 June 2011

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