Wes Anderson’s The Grand Budapest Hotel will debut as the opening night film of the Berlin Film Festival on February 6, 2014. The Berlin event is the first of the year’s major European film festivals. Director Dieter Kosslick said: “With unmistakable Wes Anderson charm, this comedy promises to kick things off in a big way.”
With 16 main characters this is Anderson’s most ambitious film to date. Anderson returns to the festival with this world premiere after his The Royal Tennenbaums and The Life Aquatic With Steve Zissou and ran there in competition in 2002 and 2005.
The Grand Budapest Hotel tells of a legendary concierge at a famous European hotel between the wars and his friendship with a young employee who becomes his trusted protégé. The story involves the theft and recovery of a priceless Renaissance painting, the battle for an enormous family fortune and the slow and then sudden upheavals that transformed Europe during the first half of the 20th century.
Ralph Fiennes and Tony Revolori star with 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, Léa Seydoux, Tom Wilkinson and Owen Wilson. Fox Searchlight releases in the U.S. on March 7th.