Mukti Bhawan (Hotel Salvation)
Wednesday, April 21, 6:30pm CDT.
Adil Hussain stars as Rajiv, an overworked businessman, who agrees to honor the final wish of his father, Daya, by accompanying him to the holy city of Varanasi. There, they check in to the Hotel Salvation, where residents are given just two weeks to live out their final days or return home.
Not rated by the MPAA
1 hour, 42 minutes
In Hindi with English subtitles.
Presented in connection with Ragamala Dance Company during the development of Fires of Varanasi, evoking a richly elaborate ritual where time is suspended and humans merge with the divine. Through images that reflect the cosmic trinity of Varanasi, India—sacred pilgrimage routes, The Ganges River, and the patron deity Shiva—the choreographers imagine a metaphorical crossing place where one may leave the mundane and enter into the world of immortality.
Image: Still from the film. An older man sits before a younger man, who tends to him.