Hotel of Dreams

Helle Toft Jensen, Denmark, 2005

59 min.DK/Documentary

After 25 years in Europe, Jeannot returns to his native Senegal to realise his childhood dream of building a hotel in the heart of the coastal village of Popenguine. The village has been subjected to drought and the disrespect of foreign fishiries . There is need for economic development, but is tourism the answer? Opinions differ. Karim the schoolteacher is critical of the hotel and the negative consequences of tourism. Birane the taxi driver sees potential and tries to encourage dialogue. Although Jeannot wants co-operation and development he is a changed man after 25 years in Europe and his dream of "returning home" is difficult to realise. It is not easy to build a hotel, encourage the tourist to come and to become part of the reality he left long ago.
Basic information Credits Festivals & awards Materials
Original title Drømmenes hotel
Danish title Drømmenes hotel
Keywords Africa, Senegal, Tourism, Cultural meetings, Developing countries
Director Helle Toft Jensen
Producer Signe Byrge Sørensen
Director of Photography Helle Toft Jensen, Jean Diouf, Serigne Drame
Editor Niels Pagh Andersen
Sound Bjørn Vidø, Helle Toft Jensen
Production country Denmark
Dialogue language French
Production company Spor Media
Domestic distribution Danske Filminstitut
International sales TV 2 World / Teglholm Allé 16 / 2450 København SV / t +45 6521 2223 / f +45 6521 4199 / sales@tv2.dk / www.tv2world.com
Technical info color
Danish theatrical release 26.05.2005
Cinemas Nationalmuseet
DFI subsidy Konsulentstøtte
Danish rating Allowed for all


Production company Spor Media
Domestic distribution Danske Filminstitut


Direction Helle Toft Jensen


Producer Signe Byrge Sørensen


Cinematography Helle Toft Jensen
Cinematography Jean Diouf
Cinematography Serigne Drame


Stills Sonja Iskov


Editing Niels Pagh Andersen


Sound Bjørn Vidø
Sound Helle Toft Jensen

Festival screenings

Festival Festival date
Amsterdam, IDFA 2005-11-24
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