Hotel Europa



"Hotel Europa" is the story of a family of hoteliers and their struggle for survival, told from the perspective of young Emil Dreesen and set between the end of World War I and the eve of World War II. After his return, Emil, still under the impression of his experiences on the front line and full of plans for a new start at the hotel, engages in an ongoing feud with his father Fritz over the future of the family business, with his mother taking his father’s side. His Jewish grandmother, however, sticks by him – just like his sister Ulla. Modern spirit and new beginnings or ancient hostilities and revenge? This conflict threatens to not only tear the family apart, but also increasingly the famous guests and the country itself. The hotel becomes a meeting place for the rich and famous, from a young Konrad Adenauer and Gustav Gründgens to Charlie Chaplin and an ambitious Adolf Hitler. When the National Socialists chose the noble house that has always been a popular venue for Jewish families as one of their preferred spots in the German Reich, the conflict within the Dreesen family escalates. Emil is faced with the decision to continue fighting for his dream of running and shaping the hotel or to sever all ties with his family once and for all.




Director: Thorsten M. Schmidt
Script: Dirk Kämper
Casting: Sabine Schwedhelm
Camera: Felix Cramer
Production Design: Pierre Pfundt
Costume Design: Michaela Hořejší
Editing: Simone Klier
Original score: Michael Klaukien
Sound: Tarn Willers
Sound Design: Jochen Fenzl
Mix: Michael Gerlach
VFX: Lavalabs
Production Manager: Peter Faber, Bartłomiej Gliński
Line Producers: Jörg Engels, Achim Strack
Service Producers Polen: Krzysztof Sołek, Aleksander Wojtanowski
Producer: Daniel Mann
Executive Producers: Michael Souvignier, Till Derenbach
TV Editors (Lead): Claudia Luzius (ARD Degeto), Christoph Pellander (ARD Degeto)
TV Editors: Monika Denisch (SWR), Manfred Hattendorf (SWR), Henrike Vieregge (WDR)
Production: Zeitsprung Pictures
supported by: Film und Medienstiftung NRW, FilmFernsehFonds Bayern, Polnisches Filminstitut
In cooperation with: ARD Degeto, SWR, WDR
Service Production Polen: Abor Films
Distribution: Beta Film


Starring: Jonathan Berlin, Benjamin Sadler, Katharina Schüttler, Pauline Rénevier, Nicole Heesters, Henriette Confurius, Deleila Piasko, Jesse Albert, Florian Claudius Steffens, Peter Nottmeier, Paul Faßnacht, Ian Dickinson, Hendrik Heutmann, Werner Wölbern, David Hürten, Jean-Yves Berteloot, David Berton, Max Gertsch, Stephen Multari, Maria Wördemann, Edda Lina Janz, Farba Dieng, Makke Schneider, Stefan Preiss, Andreas Schröders, Philipp Sonntag, Arndt Schwering Sohnrey, Jean Luc Bubert and many more.