Synopsis by Hal Erickson
A U.S./Netherland co-production, Guests of the Hotel Astoria is set in an Istanbul hotel that functions as a transit point between Iran and the Outside World. Shohren Aghadashloo and Mohsen Marzban play a young married couple hoping to secure exit visas to Cuba. Because the woman (Aghadashloo) has a brief affair with a terrorist at the Hotel Astoria, she is detained by the Turkish police. Both the man and the woman suffer horribly before they finally arrive in New York, but one final ironic blow awaits them. Director Reza Almaehzadeh, himself an Iranian refugee, knows whereof he speaks in the depressingly credible Guests of the Hotel Astoria.
extramarital-affair, husband-and-wife, refugee, visa, terrorism