The hotel is a liminal space permanently oscillating between the private and the public, anonymity and intimacy. Guests sleep in beds that were slept in by perfect strangers the night before.
When guests arrive, they are to feel like noone ever has stayed in their room before, every trace of former residents is to be eradicated, wiped away. Yet the hotel room sees and hears – and remembers.
The hotel maid tries to preserve the memories of departed guests, to counteract the elimination of human traces. Especially the mundane articles of daily use left behind become part of a narrative acted out by her in little scenarios. A few minutes in the just deserted hotel room can be more intimate than a physical encounter sabotaged by social rituals.
Babette: Oona von Maydell / DP: Kaspar Kamu, Roxy Reiss / AD: Jil Lange