To escape his schedule, director Lenny Abrahamson is craving a relaxing family getaway to the Maldives. “I would like to go somewhere where I can lie down, with a minimum amount of movement.”

And for the perfect travel companion? New York Times columnist Paul Krugman. Because where better to learn more about economics than from the white-sand beaches of the Maldives?

As the National Media Partner of the Santa Barbara International Film Festival, Travel + Leisure caught up with the Room director on the red carpet. Have a watch.