Ferdinand is a long-standing employee at Fish Land, the aquatic centre within the globalised leisure complex "Worlds Apart". He's a small, bald forty year-old, and a solitary, anxious introvert, entirely devoted to his passion for fish. But Ferdinand's obsessive little existence is turned upside down the day Fish Land closes down for six months of renovation. He is transferred to another section of "Worlds Apart", the Finnish-Turkish Delight spa, entirely geared towards the pleasure of saunas and steam rooms. Ferdinand is suddenly thrown into a world of nudity, sensuality, relaxation and letting go... In short, everything he could possibly be afraid of!
HOT HOT HOT is the belated journey of initiation of an inhibited little man, who slowly but surely learns to open up to the pleasures of life. It paints a colourful yet sensitive picture of a world caught between artificiality and authenticity, between norm and peculiarity. It is a film on the body, on nudity and love, and on accepting one's difference.
Ferdinand: Rob Stanley
Mary-Ann: Joanna Scanlan
Knut: Gary Cady
Isadora: Amber Doyle
Eleanor: Angela Bain
Yvonne: Jane Goddard
Oman: Bentley Kalu
A film by Beryl Koltz
Luxembourg / Austria / Belgium 2010-2011 l 90 min l colour l 35 mm
Written & directed by Beryl Koltz
Camera: Jako Raybaut
Sound: Carlo Thoss
Editing: Amine Jaber
Set Design: Christina Schaffer
Costume Design: Uli Simon
Cast: Rob Stanley, Joanna Scanlan
Production Manager: Brigitte Kerger
Post-production Manager: Alfie Lang-Král
Producers: Claude Waringo, Alexander Dumreicher-Ivanceanu, Bady Minck, Patrick Quinet
Production: Samsa Film (Luxembourg), Amour Fou (Wien), Artémis Productions (Bruxelles)
Completion scheduled for 2011
Production supported by Film Fund Luxembourg, Austrian Film Institute, Bruxelles Images, MEDIA & ALGOA Slate Funding
de l’ALGOA (Luxembourg)
Hamburg Filmfest: Sept 29th – October 8th 2011
Busan International Film Festival (South Korea): October 6th -14th 2011
"It seems that in the world of cinema only good-looking people are entitled to love each other. For precisely this reason, I have chosen to portray a love story involving two people who don't fall into this category, leaving the audience to draw their own conclusions based on their personal interpretation of beauty.
In the course of regular visits to the sauna, I was able to observe the unbelievable diversity of shapes and sizes which are deliberately ignored by the media, for example the sheer lack of conformity with respect to buttocks: some are round, angular, oval or flat, others muscular, flabby, really small or huge, yet again some hairy and others quite red and that is to name but a few!
All bodies are interesting, worth showing and being seen. I wrote Hot Hot Hot to highlight our society's norms and conventions and - in contrast - the uniqueness and otherness of each and every individual person."
Ms Beryl Koltz