HOTEL DALLAS, 2016
As discontent with communism grows in 1980s Romania, the government resorts to a new opiate of the masses: the soap opera "Dallas." The only American show allowed on TV, "Dallas" offers a vision of wealth and glamour that captures the imagination of millions. Among them are Ilie and his daughter Livia. He is a small-time criminal and aspiring capitalist; she pines for 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 on-screen and wakes up in the Hotel Dallas. Life and art converge as Livia guides her idol on a surreal journey through the border zones of memory and fantasy, in search of a place to call home.