By Peter Knegt | Indiewire February 6, 2014 at 3:29PM
Wes Anderson's "The Grand Budapest Hotel" opened up the 64th Berlin International Film Festival this evening in Berlin, and its truly epic cast was on hand to celebrate with him. Bill Murray, Edward Norton, Saoirse Ronan, Ralph Fiennes, Tilda Swinton, Jeff Goldblum, Willem Dafoe and Tony Revolori all joined Anderson at the film's Berlinale press conference, and as you can imagine -- it was a grand ol' time. Here's 10 highlights:
Bill Murray on how Wes Anderson keeps getting these great casts together: "We are promised very long hours and low wages. And stale bread. That's pretty much it. It's this crazy thing where you're asked to come and work very long hours and you lose money on the job. Because you end up spending more in tips than you earn on the movie. But you get to see the world, and we allow Wes to live this wonderful, magical life where his dreamscape comes true. If we show up, he gets to have all the fun. And I guess it's because we like him that we go along with this."
Wes Anderson on the films they watched on set for inspiration: "We had a number of films that we would all watch together. We had a little library of movies where we filmed. We had some Lubitsch movies. We had 'The Grand Hotel' and 'To Be or Not To Be' and 'The Good Fairy,' with Margaret Sullavan. What else? We had 'Love Me Tonight.' And 'The Silence' -- the Bergman film. Which is in its own invented country in Eastern Europe with train scenes and hotel scenes. 'The Mortal Storm,' the Frank Borzage film with the great Frank Morgan."
Tilda Swinton on how she achieved the look of her (very old) character: "Madame D is what I look like when I don't put on all this makeup. I am very, very, very old."
Saorise Ronan on what she gained from the experience of making the film: "It was wonderful. I was very excited to work with everyone. I remember when the script was sent to me by Wes, I thought it was joke. I thought maybe it was a Wes Anderson impersonator. But it was actually him. That was the most exciting thing for me. To be involved in a film he's making because I'm such a big fan of his. And for me, I only worked for about two weeks and most of my stuff was with Tony and Ralph. And that was wonderful because I respect them both very, very much. But the great thing about it was that even though we had this huge ensemble cast and we all had these separate pieces within this one story, we would come together every night and have dinner and go out together. Because we were in this tiny little town, we spent a lot of time together. That was lovely."
Edward Norton on wearing tight uniforms in both "Budapest" and "Moonrise Kingdom": "I think Wes just likes tight trousers and epaulettes on a man, and I'm happy to wear them for him."