The Midnight Voyage Hotel
Master’s Project 2021 of the MA Serial Storytelling at the ifs internationale filmschule köln
THE MIDNIGHT VOYAGE HOTEL is a procedural show with an overarching plot-line that finds resolution at the end, solving the mystery surrounding the night receptionist, the Unwelcomed Guest’s presence, and the sudden appearance of an amnesic woman. The individual storylines range from love, to revenge, to tragedy. All essential to the human experience, all connected by a recurring theme: acceptance.
The series follows Malte, the lone receptionist in charge of welcoming the guests who arrive at The Midnight Voyage Hotel. Unlike previous receptionists, Malte has become utterly attached to his role and his guests, to the point of feeling personally responsible for their fate. Trying to protect them from the lurking presence of the Unwelcomed Guest, he ends up risking his safety to avoid any harm happening to them. If he continues down this path, he will be cast out into the outer darkness; the price to pay for his interference.
However, Malte is not the only one interested in the soul of the guests. In an unknown room of the hotel stays the Unwelcomed Guest. This ever-growing darkness feeds on the guest’s most inner desires, trying to lure them back to its room. The more souls it keeps, the stronger it gets, and the more its corruption spreads throughout the hotel. The Unwelcomed Guest antagonizes Malte, infiltrating the guests’ memories, and taking the form of someone close to them. This strategy allows it to seduce them into failing to resolve their pending matter in time. If this force continues to
One night, an amnesic woman shows up in the middle of a storm. With no information about her, Malte will have to deal with her constant presence in the hotel. The woman will offer her own insights about the other guests’ cases, as well as shedding some light on the secrets that roam the corridors of The Midnight Voyage. She also presents a challenge for the Unwelcomed Guest, as she seems to be the only one capable of seeing the true nature behind its deceitful façade. The more time she spends with Malte, the closer she comes to find the link that connects both the night receptionist and the Unwelcomed Guest.