The filmmaker’s latest whimsical comedy will open the film festival on Feb. 6
Wes Anderson’s “The Grand Budapest Hotel” will make its world premiere when it opens the 64th annual Berlin International Film Festival on Feb. 6.
The “Moonlight Kingdom” director’s latest, the first to be written solely by him, recounts the adventures of Gustave H, a legendary concierge at a famous European hotel, and Zero Moustafa, the lobby boy who becomes his most trusted friend. The story involves the theft and recovery of a priceless Renaissance painting and the battle for an enormous family fortune — all against the back-drop of a suddenly and dramatically changing continent.
Ralph Fiennes plays the legendary concierge, while Tony Revolori plays the lobby boy.
F. Murray Abraham, Mathieu Amalric, Adrien Brody, Willem Dafoe, Jeff Goldblum, Harvey Keitel, Jude Law, Bill Murray, Edward Norton, Saoirse Ronan, Jason Schwartzman, Tilda Swinton, Lea Seydoux, Tom Wilkinson and Owen Wilson are among the colorful characters wandering the titular setting.
Anderson previously presented two films in competition at the German film festival, “The Royal Tenenbaums” in 2002 and “The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou” in 2005.
Fox Searchlight Pictures is releasing “Grand Budapest” in U.S. theaters on March 7, while opening in various European territories between February and March.
“We are very delighted that Wes Anderson will open the 64th Berlinale with his new film, ‘The Grand Budapest Hotel,'” festival director Dieter Kosslick said in a statement. “With unmistakeable Wes Anderson charm, this comedy promises to kick things off in a big way.”