On September 17, the Hotel Indigo St. Petersburg-Tchaikovskogo and the St. Petersburg International Festival of Festivals film festival invited their partners and friends to a private film screening, as part of the Hotel Indigo Cinema Club.
The evening’s guests saw Mike van Diem’s romantic comedy “The Surprise”, which enjoyed its world premiere in May 2015 at the International Film Festival in Amsterdam. The Dutch director produced a genuinely jolly movie on an unlikely subject such as a repeatedly failing suicide attempt.
Mike van Diem is the winner of the prestigious Oscar prize, which was awarded to him in 1998 for his film “The Character” (the best foreign film nomination).
“The Surprise” is based on a novel by Belcampo, a Xxth century Dutch classic writer. “The Surprise” centers on a man who’s depressed by his bland existence and decides to hire a firm specializing in assisted and seemingly accidental suicides. After signing an irreversible contract, he meets a beautiful woman — giving him something to live for and forcing him and her to use their wits to outsmart the contracted firm.
The cast includes Jeroen van Koningsbrugge, Georgina Verbaan, Jan Decleir, Henry Goodman.
The evening was attended by special guests, including actors from the St. Petersburg’s Lensoviet theatre, which star in Cabaret Brecht, one of the company’s most recent premiere productions. The show, loosely based on Bertolt Brecht’s memoirs, was staged by Yury Butusov, one of the city’s most sought after directors.
Hotel Indigo Cinema Club is a series of monthly closed screenings arranged by the hotel jointly with the International Festival of Festivals film festival, which we organize for your partners and friends.
The Hotel Indigo brand is closely associated with the arts and culture and we regularly support creative arts events. The Hotel Indigo Cinema Club marked its first anniversary in September. In September, 2014, we held our first screening, where we showed Pierre Salvadori’s film “In the Courtyard”, starring Catherine Deneuve. The film-screening was presented by the popular St. Petersburg radio host Tatyana Troyanskaya.