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Ganges scenery scene from Hotel Salvation

Hotel Salvation with Coffin Club Q&A at the Electric Palace

Need an unusual option for Mother’s Day?

“We love a good funeral!” say Kate Dyer and Kate Tym of Coffin Club, who will be attending screenings of Hotel Salvation at the Electric Palace cinema next week, including on Mothering Sunday, to broach the tricky topic of death, says Annie Waite.

Taboo topic or catalyst for conversation?

Hastings is a town that regularly pushes ‘boundaries’, so it’s no surprise that even Mother’s Day options here are far more than ordinary.

Perhaps it’s not everyone’s idea of a traditional Mother’s Day expedition, but the Hotel Salvation screenings at the Electric Palace this week offer a unique opportunity to watch a film that faces the delicate issue of the death of an aging parent, but with Coffin Club well placed to address the tricky topic afterwards. The organisers hope the event provides the ideal catalyst for provoking awkward yet valuable discussions about death so often put off between parents and their children.

Kate Dyer and Kate Tym are Independent Funeral Celebrants, who have launched the UK’s first Coffin Club in Hastings. Coffin Club is a safe space for people to come and talk about death and plan their perfect send-off. There are very few rules around funerals, you can do pretty much whatever you like, the Kates say, but they’re determined to get the nation talking about death and to bury the old taboos. “Our mission is to make every funeral as unique and fitting for the person who’s died as possible,” they say.

Witty and tender tale

Winner of the UNESCO award at Venice Film Festival, Hotel Salvation, the debut feature from Shubhashish Bhutiani, is equal parts wry wit and tenderness, and  described as “an arthouse take on the Best Exotic Marigold Hotel” (Screen International).

Following a prophetic dream, 77 year-old Daya announces that his time has come and demands to travel to the sacred ghats of Varanasi to achieve salvation in his final days. His overworked son Rajiv finds himself roped into accompanying him to ‘Hotel Salvation’, where they meet the savvy hotel owner:

“We won’t wait forever for you to achieve salvation. You get the room for 15 days.”
“15 days? What happens after that?”
“After that it’s your problem!”

Daya finds a new lease of life among the residents of this last stop hostel, in this visually and emotionally captivating drama about a father and son as they try to navigate through the complexities of family life.

Book tickets for Hotel Salvation + Coffin Club Q&A at Electric Palace cinema, 39a High Street, Hastings: Thursday 8 March, 11am & 8pm, and Sunday 11 March, 8pm.

Posted 07:28 Tuesday, Mar 6, 2018 In: Film


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