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Humboldt Hotel • presentation
Perched at an altitude of 2400 meters like a far-away lighthouse, the 5-star Humboldt Hotel looks down over the valley of Caracas. Built in 1957 during the dictatorship of General Marcos Perez Jimenez, this eighteen-floor glass tower, an ethereal fragment of modern architecture floating above the tropical rain forest, welcomed Venezuelan high society, who came to enjoy its comfort and luxury. Today, the hotel has been abandoned. The sole remaining inhabitant is Paco, the caretaker who tirelessly fights to save the building from ruin. From morning till night, he hammers, polishes, repairs, in hopes of the hotel's hypothetical reopening. But one after another, all the renovation projects have been postponed and Paco’s efforts seem increasingly illusory and derisory. One day, reporters burst into the building to announce that the Venezuelan government has decided to sell the hotel to a private company. Paco may be forced to leave.
Documentary of 52 mn - Year of production: 1999
A coproduction Archipel 33 - France 3 with participation from Centre National de la Cinématographie, Commission Télévision de la Procirep, RTBF (Belgian TV)


sound effects

Thomas Sipp

Arlette Girardo and Isabelle Razavet
José Alberto Bello and Jacques Cassuto
Martine Bouquin
Nicolas Becker
Jérôme Pauwels
producer Denis Freyd 
a coproduction Archipel 33 - France 3 
with participation fromCentre National de la Cinématographie, Commission Télévision de la Procirep, RTBF (Belgian TV)
Year of production:
52 mn
Video - 16/9° - color