Italy, the Sixties. Enrico, a freshly married ham radio operator falls in love with Ludmila, a Soviet cosmonaut lost in space. As his career and his marriage fall apart, saving Ludmila becomes his only reason to live.
Echo Hotel is a film project by Marco Marchionni and Menotti.
Inspired by an obscure family legend echoing the internet cult of the lost cosmonauts, the story was first developed in 2010 with the Mediterranean Film Institute. Selected at the Crossroads Co-production Forum of the Thessaloniki International Film Festival (Greece), it traveled to the Sofia International Film Festival (Bulgaria) and the Vologda Voices Festival (Russia).
The script was picked up by Panorama Films (Italy) and received MEDIA development fundings. Two test scenes from the original script were shot in Rome in 2011.
The film has an estimated budget of € 2,000,000 ($ 2,745,000) and is set to be shot strictly in digital, aiming to curb costs by incorporating mature CGI technologies without sacrificing visual quality.
We are currently looking for fundings and co-productions in Russia, Kazakhstan and worldwide, covering at least 20% of the total estimated budget.