Australian director Anthony Maras debuted his newest feature, “Hotel Mumbai” last year at the 2018 Toronto International Film Festival. The film was later picked up for US distribution by Bleecker Street, which today released the first trailer ahead of its March opening date.
Based on the real-life events that took place in November 2008, when members of a Pakistani terrorist organization known as Lashkar-e-Taiba perpetrated brutal attacks in the city of Mumbai, India. One of the their targets was the iconic Taj Mahal Palace Hotel. Maras’ fictionalized interpretation of the events, focuses on the horror that unfolded at the hotel where over 1000 guests and 500 staff members were trapped as assailants enter the property and threatened to murder everyone indiscriminately.
Oscar-nominated actor Dev Patel stars as Arjun, a waiter at the hotel who decides to stick around and fight back despite the fact that he has a pregnant wife waiting for him at home. His co-lead, Armie Hammer plays David, a visitor staying at the hotel forced to protect her loved ones from the attackers.
As the trailer shows, the tension intensifies as guests and staff band together to save their own lives in the face of the authorities lack of preparation for a terrorist attack of this magnitude. What ensures is a gripping story focused on perseverance and strength of people when confronted with daunting circumstances.
This is Maras’ debut feature. He previously directed the 2011 acclaimed short film “The Palace” about a family in Cyprus escaping from Turkish forces in the 1970s. “Hotel Mumbai” is the director’s jump into the big leagues.
Watch the nee trailer for “Hotel Mumbai” below.