Hotel Dallas

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Hotel Dallas – Sherng-Lee Huang & Livia Ungur

Ungur & Huang is wife-and-husband artist duo Livia Ungur and Sherng-Lee Huang. Based in NYC, they make films, sculptures, installations, and performances. They have received grants from the Foundation for Contemporary Arts, the Jerome Foundation, and Yale School of Art. Their work has been shown at the National Gallery of Art in D.C., the Stavros Niarchos Center in Greece, Des Moines Art Center, SXSW, Kassel DokFest, Antimatter, Black Maria Film Festival, Montreal Underground Film Festival (Jury Award for Best Film), FIVA Video Art Festival (Jury Award – 1st Prize), and Leiria Film Festival (International Documentary Prize). Hotel Dallas is their first feature. 

Film Synopsis:

In the 80s, in the twilight of communist Romania, “Dallas” is the only American show allowed on TV. Its vision of wealth and glamour captures the imagination of millions. Among them are Ilie and his daughter Livia. He is a smalltime 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 a filmmaker, and directs a movie 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.

Livia guides her childhood idol on a genre-bending road trip across a Romanian dreamscape—along the border of fiction and documentary, through the failed utopias of communism and capitalism, and into a realm of ghosts and lost time.


Wednesday, November 9, 2016: Jacksonville State University, Jacksonville, AL, 7:00 PM CT
Thursday, November 10, 2016: Jule Collins Smith Museum of Fine Art/Auburn University, Auburn, AL, 5:00 PM CT
Monday, November 15, 2016: East Tennessee State University, Johnson City, TN, 7:00 PM ET
Tuesday, November 15, 2016: Western Carolina University, Cullowhee, NC, 7:00 PM ET
Wednesday, November 16, 2016: Oxford College of Emory University, Oxford, GA, 7:30 PM ET
Thursday, November 17, 2016: Presbyterian College, Clinton, SC, 7:00 PM ET
Friday, November 18, 2016: Winder Cultural Arts Center, Winder, GA, 7:30 PM ET

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