Have you heard of Hambantota?

We hadn’t, until we were asked to make a film to promote a new hotel resort in the southern Sri Lankan city. What we found was a vibrant and kind of wild landscape of lush palms, lagoons and sweeping beaches. We’ve all seen the standard holiday ad — the perfect pool, holding hands on the beach, candle-lit dinners. For this one we were asked to go in a different direction, teasing this mysterious, exciting destination without leaning on any of the old clichés.

We spent a week on location in southern Sri Lanka, exploring the resort as well as rivers, beaches and wildlife refuges to capture this Wes Anderson inspired teaser.