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'Grand Budapest Hotel' Opens Berlinale in February; Is Wes Anderson the Ultimate Euro-Auteur? (NEW TRAILER & POSTER)

Thompson on Hollywood By Beth Hanna and Ryan Lattanzio | Thompson on Hollywood December 19, 2013 at 5:59PM

Wes Anderson's "The Grand Budapest Hotel" will open the 64th edition of the Berlin International Film Festival on February 6, 2014. It will be the film's world premiere.
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UPDATED: Meet the cast of characters in Wes Anderson's upcoming comedy "The Grand Budapest Hotel" in a gorgeous new poster and trailer below. 

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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.

Check out our beachside 2012 Cannes video interview with Anderson here, ten new images from "Budapest" and a nifty new holiday motion poster for the film here.

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.

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This article is related to: Festivals, Berlin International Film Festival, Wes Anderson, Wes Anderson, The Grand Budapest Hotel

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Born and raised in Manhattan, Anne Thompson grew up going to the Thalia and The New Yorker and wound up at grad Cinema Studies at NYU. She worked at United Artists and Film Comment before heading west as that magazine's west coast editor. She wrote for the LA Weekly, Sight and Sound, Empire, The New York Times and Entertainment Weekly before serving as West Coast Editor of Premiere. She wrote for The Washington Post, The London Observer, Wired, More, and Vanity Fair, and did staff stints at The Hollywood Reporter and Variety. She eventually took her blog Thompson on Hollywood to Indiewire. She taught film criticism at USC Critical Studies, and continues to host the fall semester of “Sneak Previews” for UCLA Extension.