EN - Six lives, 24 hours. A hotel in the midst of a heatwave. Anna and Hendrik have it all: a great son, a good job, a lovely house. But the wedding they attend forces them to reflect on the choices they have made. Hendrik is happy but Anna is not. Then her lover shows up…

FR - 6 vies. 24 heures. Un hôtel au centre de la canicule. Anna et Hendrik ont tout pour eux : un fils formidable, un bon boulot, une maison agréable… Mais le mariage auquel ils assistent dans l’hôtel les force à réfléchir sur les choix qu’ils ont faits. Hendrik est heureux. Anna ne l’est pas. “La vie est-elle comme cela ? » se demande-t’elle. En particulier quand son compagnon débarque en lui demandant de s’en aller avec lui vers de plus verts pâturages...

Violette veut se réconcilier avec sa fille Vicky avant de mourir. Mais Vicky, une femme de chambre dans l’hôtel, a du mal à oublier les vieilles blessures. Elle prend soin de Joyeux, un jeune réfugié africain qui se cache de la police dans l’hôtel. Elle fait croire à sa mère que l’enfant est son propre fils. Après tout, avec elle, il aura une vie meilleure…Mais c’est alors qu’Amadou, le père de Joyeux qui cherche son enfant, arrive à l’hôtel. Les vies de toutes ces personnes vont être définitivement entrelacées. Au moins jusqu’à ce que la chaleur ne laisse place à une pluie offrant un peu de libération.

Hotel Swooni offre un kaléidoscope surprenant d’espoir et de doutes, de passion et de trahison, dans lequel personne ne fait le check out dans le même état que lors du check in.


Title Hotel Swooni
Original title Swooni
Original language Dutch, French
Status Completed
Production Majority Flemish
Category Features
Year 2011


Cast Geert Van Rampelberg, Viviane De Muynck, Sara De Roo, Natali Broods, Issaka Sawadogo
Photography Frank Van den Eeden
Editing Philippe Ravoet
Music Wim De Wilde

Technical specs

Running time film 90'
Release format 35mm
Aspect ratio 1:1.85
Sound format Dolby SR
Colour Colour


Supported by the Flanders Audiovisual Fund (VAF), Bruxellimage, VRT, Belgian Tax Shelter

Time of My Life and The Invader grab Awards in Ostend

At the close of the Ostend Film Festival (7 – 15 September 2012) the Flemish film industry gathered in Ostend for the third annual Flemish Film Awards, now called the ‘Ensors’. Nic Balthazar’s Time of My Life, Nicolas Provost’s The Invader and Frank Van Mechelen’s Germaine were the winners of the evening with three or more Awards. This edition also saw the introduction of a number of new awards such as Best Documentary (Epilogue).

Still of Nic Balthazar's Time of My LifeTime of my life (pictured on the left) won the awards for Best feature, Best actor in a leading role (Geert Van Rampelberg) and Best Editing (Philippe Ravoet). Based on a true story, Time of My Life is the story of MS-patient  Mario Verstraete who was not only instrumental in legalising euthanasia in Belgium… but was also the first to make use of that new law. Peter Bouckaert produced the film for Eyeworks Film & TV Drama.

Published on Saturday 15 September 2012

Hotel Swooni to screen at WIFF

The Women’s International Film Festival (28 March - 1 April) has confirmed Kaat Beels’ Hotel Swooni for its line-up. After Toronto and Chicago, it’s already the third North-American festival for Hotel Swooni.

Hotel Swooni_stillIn Hotel Swooni, we enter a hotel in the middle of a heat wave. We meet six people whose lives will become irrevocably intertwined. Or at least until the heat breaks and the rain offers some relief… Hotel Swooni is Kaat Beels’ debut feature and has already earned numerous other festivals, among which the Chicago International Film Festival, the Toronto international Film Festival, and the European Film Festival of Les Arcs, France.

Published on Monday 19 March 2012

Bullhead and Lena to compete in Les Arcs

Michaël R. Roskam’s Bullhead and Christophe Van Rompaey’s Lena are selected for Official Competition at the 3rd edition of the European Film Festival of Les Arcs, France (10-17 December). Also playing at the Fest's European Panorama is Hotel Swooni by Kaat Beels while the animated The Monster of Nix by Rosto is shown in the school programme.

Still from Christophe Van Rompaey's LenaA total of 12 features compete for the Crystal Arrow for Best Film awarded by the International Jury headed by Italian helmer Michele Placido. The prestigious Award comes with financial distribution support for the winning film in Europe and the rest of the world. Artistic director of les Arcs is Frédéric Boyer, who recently also got appointed as artistic director of the Tribeca Film Fest.

Published on Thursday 8 December 2011

Hotel Swooni invited to Chicago

Kaat Beels’s feature debut Hotel Swooni has been confirmed for the New Directors Competition of the Chicago International Film Festival (6-20 October). With the selection of her debut from a pool of over 100 first and second films, Beels confirms her international reputation as a talent to watch.

Issaka Sawadogo and Geert Van Rampelberg in Hotel SwooniHotel Swooni premiered internationally at this year’s Toronto International Film Festival and is now making its US bow in Chicago. Not only has the film obtained a ticket for the New Directors Competition for first and second films, but it is is also programmed in the ReelWomen section, which focuses on ‘the input of female writers and directors’.

Published on Monday 3 October 2011

Hotel Swooni and Lena invited to Toronto

Kaat Beels’ Hotel Swooni and Christophe Van Rompaey’s Lena have been invited to this year’s 36th Toronto international Film Festival (8-18 September). Both films will be screening in the Fest’s Contemporary World Cinema programme, the section describes by the festival as being for ‘the best films from every corner of the earth’.

still from Kaat Beels's Hotel SwooniIn Hotel Swooni, Kaat Beels’s debut feature, the lives of six people intertwine over the course of 24 hours in a hotel. As the city sweats through a sweltering heatwave, emotions start to run high… Hotel Swooni offers a surprising kaleidoscope of hopes and doubts, passion and betrayal, in which no one checks out quite the same as they checked in. The film is produced by Peter Bouckaert for Eyeworks Film & TV Drama, with Delphis Films handling international sales.

Published on Friday 19 August 2011

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