“The Grand Budapest Hotel”
The world premiere of Wes Anderson’s The Grand Budapest Hotel will open the 64th Berlin International Film Festival in 2014.
The Grand Budapest Hotel, a U.K./German co-production, recounts the adventures of a legendary concierge at a famous European hotel between the wars and a lobby boy who becomes his most trusted friend.
Shot on location in Germany, mainly in Gorlitz and other parts of Saxony, and also at Studio Babelsberg in Potsdam, the movie stars Ralph Fiennes, Tony Revolori, Tilda Swinton and Paul Schlase.
The cast also boasts F. Murray Abraham, Mathieu Amalric, Adrien Brody, Willem Dafoe, Jeff Goldblum, Harvey Keitel, Jude Law, Bill Murray, Edward Norton, Saoirse Ronan, Jason Schwartzman, Lea Seydoux, Tom Wilkinson and Owen Wilson.
The movie will unspool in the festival’s traditional home for galas at the Berlinale Palast on Feb. 6.
“We are very delighted that Wes Anderson will open the 64th Berlinale with his new film, The Grand Budapest Hotel. With unmistakable Wes Anderson charm, this comedy promises to kick things off in a big way,” said festival director Dieter Kosslick.
The Grand Budapest Hotel is produced by Grand Budapest Limited (U.K.) and Neunzehnte Babelsberg Film (Germany).
Anderson, Scott Rudin, Steven M. Rales and Jeremy Dawson are the producers.
Fox Searchlight Pictures will release movie in U.S. cinemas on March 7, 2014.
Anderson has previously landed at the Berlinale with two films in the festival’s competition section, The Royal Tenenbaums (2002) and The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou (2005).
The film is scheduled to roll out across Europe in February and March 2014.