There’s a reason hotels are the backdrops for some of the most iconic films throughout history: They’re transient places where anything could happen—a romantic encounter in the lobby bar, the start of a wild adventure, or just a break from the day-to-day. And sometimes, they’re so much more than all of that.
We partnered with The Ritz-Carlton, Marriott’s leading luxury brand, to find five aspiring filmmakers through a worldwide competition; the winners each created their own short films shot inside a different hotel suite.
The first follows a beautiful, reclusive hotel guest, the second is a glimpse into what could happen if time offered you a loophole, and the third is the story of the bond between a father and his daughter.
The fourth, directed by Liz Sargent, follows an American woman who travels to Hong Kong to meet her mother for the very first time, where she learns that sometimes, not being able to rely on words is the best way to articulate what she’s been holding onto for years.