EARLIER: Like so many high-minded expatriate artists before him, Wes Anderson is flourishing as an American director living in Paris. His new identity as Euro-auteur began when his “Fantastic Mr. Fox”opened the London Film Festival in 2009, followed by his becoming a Cannes auteur when “Moonrise Kingdom” opened the 2012 Festival in competition to raves.
Now, his new film “The Grand Budapest Hotel” — which looks to be of a piece with the idiosyncratic characters and arch set pieces of “Moonrise Kingdom” — will open the 64th edition of the Berlin International Film Festival on February 6, 2014 for its world premiere.
Anderson, who devoutly travels by boat to and fro the Atlantic, remains a beloved American filmmaker with European cinema in his blood. But like Woody Allen, he has fans in high places across the pond. And so he gets the royal festival treatment.
The film stars Ralph Fiennes as a longtime concierge, Gustave H., at the hotel of the title between the wars. When Gustave’s aging relative (Tilda Swinton) dies under mysterious circumstances, and bequeaths a valuable painting to him titled “Boy With Apple,” a battle for a huge family fortune is put in motion.
Also starring are Bill Murray, Jason
Schwartzman, Owen Wilson, Edward Norton, Tilda Swinton, Harvey Keitel, Willem
Dafoe, Jeff Goldblum, Adrien Brody, Léa Seydoux, Saoirse Ronan, Tom Wilkinson,
F. Murray Abraham, and Jude Law.
Watch the original trailer here. Fox Searchlight opens the film March 7 stateside. Poster and character trailer below.