One of the biggest surprises out of TIFF this year was the unexpected critical success of Anthony Maras’ Hotel Mumbai, a docudrama about the 2008 terrorist siege of India’s largest city, and more specifically, the attack on the Taj hotel. It received a ton of notice for its excellent cast — Dev Patel, Anaupam Kher, Armie Hammer, Jason Isaacs, among others — and its excellent tension, and we were bummed to have missed it. Thankfully, it was bought by Bleecker Street out of the festival and slated for this year, and in advance of its March release, the distributor dropped a trailer for it on Wednesday. It’s a damn solid preview, and we can’t wait to check it out.
Take a look:
Here’s a synopsis:
A gripping true story of humanity and heroism, ‘Hotel Mumbai’ vividly recounts the 2008 siege of the famed Taj Hotel by a group of terrorists in Mumbai, India. Refusing to leave their guests, the renowned chef Hemant Oberoi (Anupam Kher) and a waiter (Academy Award-Nominee Dev Patel, ‘Slumdog Millionaire’) choose to risk their lives to keep everyone safe. As the world watches on, a desperate couple (Armie Hammer, ‘Call Me By Your Name’ and Nazanin Boniadi, ‘Homeland’) is forced to make unthinkable sacrifices to protect their newborn child.