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John Smith
6 min Colour Sound Video


Hotel Diaries 5/6

Netherlands, January 29th 2006

Hamas have just won the Palestinian elections and a chocolate bar in a Rotterdam hotel room eventually reminds the filmmaker that there are more important things going on in the world outside. Exactly one year later he returns to the same city and checks in at a very different hotel.

Pyramids / Skunk is a double episode in the Hotel Diaries series, a collection of video recordings made in hotel rooms which relate personal experiences to contemporary world events. Other works in the series currently include Frozen War (Ireland, 2001), Museum Piece (Germany, 2004), Throwing Stones (Switzerland, 2004), B & B (England, 2005), Dirty Pictures (Palestine, 2007) and Six Years Later (Ireland 2007).

"…These deceptively unassuming works consist of single takes from the point of view of Smith's camcorder as he explores the nocturnal spaces of hotels he is staying in and delivers monologues on his thoughts and observations. At once politically concerned and very funny, these brilliantly structured ramblings connect the observations of his surroundings with the horror of world events in consistently surprising ways." Maximilian Le Cain, Film Ireland Magazine. .

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