Hotel Dallas

by Livia Ungur & Sherng-Lee Huang


In communist Romania in the 1980s the US television series Dallas provided the only window on the capitalist world and at the time it seemed as if all of Romania’s population were glued to their TV screens. Ilie and his daughter Livia are also great fans of the series. Livia’s father Ilie sees in the figure of ruthless oil tycoon J. R. Ewing the perfect role model for his own devious dealings, while Livia falls in love with actor Patrick Duffy who plays Bobby Ewing. After the collapse of the socialist system Ilie builds Hotel Dallas – and subsequently uses it to embezzle millions in taxes. Livia however finds herself drawn to the land of freedom and moves to the USA. Years later she decides to return to her native land: she wants to take her teenage heartthrob Duffy on an odyssey across Romania to show him just how ‘Dallas capitalism’ has left its mark on this post-communist country.


2016 – Romania, USA
Romanian, English
75 minutes

Directed by: Livia Ungur, Sherng-Lee Huang
Written by: Livia Ungur, Sherng-Lee Huang
Cinematography: Livia Ungur, Sherng-Lee Huang
Edited by: Livia Ungur, Sherng-Lee Huang
Cast: Livia Ungur, Razvan Doroftei, Sonia Chihaia, Maria Croitoru, Serena Sgardea

Producers: Livia Ungur, Sherng-Lee Huang


– Berlin IFF (world premiere)
– Dallas IFF
– Hot Docs
– Maryland IFF
– Docs Against Gravity
– Docaviv
– Valletta IFF
– Galway Film Fleadh
– Vukovar IFF
– Raindance IFF
– Valladolid Seminci IFF
– Exgroud Wiesbaden FF
– Mirror Mountain FF
– Bergamo Film Meeting IFF
– International Documentary Film Festival of Buenos Aires
– Romanian Cultural Instiitute Cinematheque / London

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