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10 Highlights From Wes Anderson, Tilda Swinton, Bill Murray and More at the 'Grand Budapest Hotel' Press Conference in Berlin

Photo of Peter Knegt By Peter Knegt | Indiewire February 6, 2014 at 3:29PM

10 highlights from Wes Anderson, Tilda Swinton, Bill Murray and more at the 'Grand Budapest Hotel' press conference in Berlin.
Wes Anderson and company in Berlin.
Wes Anderson and company in Berlin.

Tilda Swinton on coming back to the Berlin Film Festival: "The Berlinale is such a precious place for me. I came here first with the first film I ever made. Which was a film I made with Derek Jarman called 'Caravaggio.' And it was not only the first film I ever made but it was the first film festival I ever came to. And it founded my relationship with cinema on a practical level. I met filmmakers here immediately. People who I worked with immediately from that first film festival. It's like my sort of battery charger, cinematically, the Berlinale. And it's gone on being that in all these different ways. I keep asking Dieter Kosslick if I can come and clean sometime because I've done almost everything else here. And I'm really proud to be here at this table and tomorrow we're going to be showing Bong Joon-Ho's -- in my opinion -- masterpiece "Snowpiercer." To come to this family affair with these two families is... I can't really describe it. It's always a homecoming, but it develops. So I'm just thrilled to be here. It's full of friends for me."

Bill Murray on his long-standing working relationship with Wes Anderson: "Well, the romance is gone. I'm a grizzled veteran, I guess. I think sometimes in the jobs I represent something like that. I'm just handy in that respect. But I've really enjoyed the jobs. [Equipment falls in the back of the press conference room] Was that gunfire?

Wes Anderson in Berlin.
Wes Anderson in Berlin.

Ralph Fiennes on what made him take the role: "Well, I was sent an amazing screenplay written by Wes that was unlike anything else I'd ever read. The first time he sent it he asked, 'What part would you like to play?' And I said, 'That one, please!' I've admired Wes's films like many people, and I responded to him and his spirit. And I needed his guidance. He's written the film and he hears it very particularly. And of course, we see from the films how beautifully constructed and designed and conceived they are. So to be part of that -- with such a fantastic cast... As an acting experience, it was fantastic."

Wes Anderson on why he wanted Ralph to take the role: "One thing I have observed over the years is that one of the best ways to get an actor to not want to be in your film is to offer them a part. Often people say, 'I like all the other roles.' We actually had written this part with Ralph in mind. I actually don't know of anyone else who could play it. For a variety of reasons, but the main one being that this character is quite grand and theatrical and has to recite poetry... And the crucial thing to me is that he be a real person. And I'd wanted to work with Ralph in the abstract anyway, but I thought that this is the person who will make this a real man."

Tilda Swinton on taking "a small role" in the film: "It was a trip. It was a small role because Wes didn't want any more. Ralph and I would have very happily fleshed out the entire sexual peccadillo that went through decades between Madame D and Mr. Gustav. We are hoping for a prequel. But size is not everything..."

This article is related to: Berlin International Film Festival, Berlin International Film Festival, The Grand Budapest Hotel, Wes Anderson, Tilda Swinton, Bill Murray

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