Trailer: Julio Maria Martino’s COUNTRY OF HOTELS Invokes THE SHINING

Fans of Stanley Kubrick’s 1980 adaptation of Stephen King’s The Shining will notice a familiar brown and orange honeycomb pattern on the walls in the trailer for Julio Maria Martino’s Country of Hotels. The film is set to premiere on March 12th as part of the Manchester Film Festival.

Country of Hotels tells the stories of the desperate souls who pass through the doors of 508, a room on the fifth floor of an anonymous, decaying hotel. We are taken on a surreal and blackly comic journey down its lonely corridors and behind its out-dated furnishings and stained surfaces. The story plunges us into the ever-turning carousel of haunted lives who check-in and check-out of the establishment.

Julio Maria Martino’s Country of Hotels stars Michael Laurence (Damages, Shades of Blue), newcomer Charles Pike, Siobhán Hewlett (Sherlock) and Matthew Leitch (Band of Brothers). The film is about to receive its European Premiere at Manchester Film Festival, having already won and been nominated for awards in the US. 

The film can be seen worldwide on Friday the 12th March at 6pm GMT.

Director Julio Maria Martino is known for directing plays around the world. His work includes directing Benedict Cumberbatch in Steven Berkoff’s KvetchCountry of Hotels is his film directorial debut.

Country of Hotels was written by David Hauptschein. Producer Saba Kia graduated from the University of Westminster with First Class Honours in Film & Television Production, specializing in Creative Producing. She has since gone onto produce a number of successful short films, both independently and under executive producers Andrew Macdonald and Creative England.

The film recently won the Best Art / Experimental Film Audience Award at the Another Hole in the Head Film Festival (run by Sf Indie Fest) and was nominated for Best Supporting Actress, Best Supporting Actor and Best Screenplay at Tampa Bay Underground Film.

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