Terry George

United Kingdom, South Africa, Italy , 2004 / 121 min / English OV with German or French subt. / Drama

Journée de la Mémoire 2019
CNA - Centre National de l'Audiovisuel

April 1994. After the death of the Rwandan president whose plane was shot down, the country descends into madness: Extremist Hutu militias and the Rwandan army massacre political opponents and members of the Tutsi minority. As the genocide spreads throughout the country, five-star-hotel manager Paul Rusesabagina sets out to save his family. But when it becomes clear the world will not intervene in the ethnic cleansing, Paul finds the courage to open his hotel to more than 1,200 refugees. Now, with a rabid militia at the gates, he must use his well-honed grace, flattery and cunning to protect his guests from certain death.

Mon 21/01 08:30 EN OV with DE subt. Scolaire
Wed 23/01 08:30 EN OV with DE subt. Scolaire
Fri 25/01 08:30 EN OV with DE subt. Scolaire
Mon 28/01 08:30 EN OV with DE subt. Scolaire
Wed 30/01 18:30 Kinepolis Kirchberg EN OV with FR subt. Public

“One of the most remarkable things about Hotel Rwanda is that the movie is not a sermon--or at least not only a sermon. Its backdrop may be this recent history of African horror and Western disgrace but in the foreground it tells a tale intended less to shame than to inspire. […] Hotel Rwanda is a harrowing film, the rare exercise of its kind that succeeds in conveying human tragedy on a scale both vast and intimate. The magnitude of the horror outside the hotel compound is presented only in glimpses […] but these glimpses capture the ongoing madness and butchery more than adequately. The danger to Paul and Tatiana and their many charges, meanwhile, is chokingly palpable. […] [Director Terry] George knows that he has a story of tremendous depth and power, and he lets no cinematic flourishes distract us from it. He also has, in Don Cheadle, perhaps the most underrated (at least prior to this film) performer working in motion pictures. […] Cheadle delivers a performance without seams, one in which the character's later heroism is merely another facet of his earlier pragmatism. His genius makes Hotel Rwanda not only an important work of politics, but an important work of art.” Christopher Orr, The Atlantic, 11/04/2005

“In playing an ordinary man who finds a core of heroism he never knew he had, Cheadle looms like a colossus. Paul’s efforts to protect his children and his Tutsi wife (the stirring Sophie Okonedo) soon extend to a broader family. [Director Terry] George has been criticized for simplifying a complex story into an African Schindler’s List. But despite flaws in execution, this is a film of rare courage and imperishable heart.” Pete Travers, Rolling Stone, 15/12/2004

“[D]irector Terry George and writer Keir Pearson have made exactly the correct decision. A film cannot be about a million murders, but it can be about how a few people respond. Paul, as it happens, is a real person, and Col. Oliver is based on one, and Hotel Rwanda is about what they really did. […] This all succeeds as riveting drama. Hotel Rwanda is not about hotel management, but about heroism and survival. Rusesabagina rises to the challenge. The film works not because the screen is filled with meaningless special effects, formless action and vast digital armies, but because Cheadle, Nolte and the filmmakers are interested in how two men choose to function in an impossible situation. Because we sympathize with these men, we are moved by the film.” Roger Ebert,, 21/12/2004

  • People’s Choice Award, Toronto International Film Festival, 2004 (Canada)
  • NBR Award Top Ten Films, National Board of Review, 2004 (USA)
  • AAFCA Award for the Top 10 Films, African-American Film Critics Association, 2004 (USA)
  • Audience Award for Best Feature Film, AFI Fest, 2004 (USA)
  • Golden Satellite Award for the Best Actor in a Motion Picture – Drama for Don Cheadle, Satellite Awards, 2005 (USA)
  • Golden Satellite Award for the Best Original Song, Satellite Awards, 2005 (USA)
  • PFS Award – Human Rights, Political Film Society, 2005 (USA)
  • Stanley Kramer award, PGA Awards, 2005 (USA)
  • IFTA Award for Best Script for Film, Irish Film and Television Awards, 2005 (Ireland)
  • IFTA Award for Best Director, Irish Film and Television Awards, 2005 (Ireland)
  • IFC Award for the Best Movie Yet to Open in Iowa, Iowa Film Critics Awards, 2005 (USA)
  • Humanitas Prize in the Feature Film Category, Humanitas Prize, 2005 (USA)
  • European Film Award for the Best European Composter for Rupert Gregson-Williams, Andrea Guerra, European Film Awards, 2005 (Germany)
  • Black Reel for the Best Actress in a Drama for Sophie Okonedo, Black Reel Awards, 2005 (USA)
Cast & Credits
Don Cheadle, Xolani Mali, Desmond Dube, Hakeem Kae-Kazim, Tony Kgoroge, Rosie Motene, Neil McCarthy, Mabutho ‘Kid‘ Sithole, Nick Nolte, Fana Mokoena, Jeremiah Ndlovu, Sophie Okonedo, Lebo Mashile, Antonio David Lyons, Leleti Khumalo, David O’Hara, Joaquin
Keir Pearson, Terry George
Robert Fraisse
Nigel Mills, Emily Reynolds
Johnny Breedt, Tony Burrough
Afro Celt Sound System, Rupert Gregson-Williams, Andrea Guerra
United Artists, Lionsgate, Industrial Development Corporation of South Africa, Miracle Pictures, Inside Track Films, Mikado Film, Endgame Entertainment
Tobis Film GmbH / Entertainment One

Terry George is a Northern Irish screenwriter and director, born in 1952 in Belfast, living in New York City since 1981. In the 1970s, he was interned at the notorious Northern Irish Long Kesh Prison for suspected paramilitary republican activity, hence his fascination with the Troubles which he tackled extensively in films such as In the Name of the Father (1993 – co-director), Some Mother’s Son (1996), and The Boxer (1997 - screenwriter). His work on In the Name of the Father and Hotel Rwanda (2004) earned him two Academy Award nominations, while he was awarded the Oscar for Best Live Action Short Film for The Shore (2011), focusing once again on the Northern Irish conflict. After Hotel Rwanda, he revisited the theme of genocide with The Promise (2016) set in 1915’s Armenia

  • 2016 – The Promise
  • 2012 – Luck (one episode of the TV series)
  • 2011 – Stand Off
  • 2011 – The Shore (short)
  • 2010 – Outlaw (one episode of the TV series)
  • 2009 – In Treatment (three episodes of the TV series)
  • 2007 – Reservation Road
  • 2004 – Hotel Rwanda
  • 2000 – The District (three episodes of the TV series)
  • 1998 – A Bright Shining Lie
  • 1996 – Some Mother’s Son
  • 1993 – In the Name of the Father (co-director)