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

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by Beth Hanna and Ryan Lattanzio
December 19, 2013 5:59 PM
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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. 

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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2 Comments

  • JoeS | December 17, 2013 3:02 AMReply

    One good thing about it opening in February, is that it might be out and forgotten by awards season next year.

  • Tamara | December 16, 2013 6:43 PMReply

    Didn't The Fantastic Mr. Fox open the London Film Festival in 2009? It was where it had its premiere.

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