‘Grand Budapest Hotel’ to Open Berlin Film Festival

Wes Anderson pic stars Ralph Fiennes, Tony Revolori

LONDON — The 64th Berlin Intl. Film Festival will open at the Berlinale Palast on Feb. 6 with the world premiere of Wes Anderson’s “The Grand Budapest Hotel.”

The film recounts the adventures of Gustave H., a legendary concierge at a famous European hotel between the wars, 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 dramatically changing continent.

The pic stars Ralph Fiennes and Tony Revolori in the lead roles, and also features 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.

“We are delighted that Wes Anderson will open the 64th Berlinale with his new film. With unmistakable Wes Anderson charm, this comedy promises to kick things off in a big way,” festival director Dieter Kosslick said. “With its elaborate production design and fantastic cast line-up, ‘The Grand Budapest Hotel’ bears the inimitable mark of (Anderson).”

The helmer previously presented two films in competition at the fest: “The Royal Tenenbaums” (2002) and “The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou” (2005).

Fox Searchlight Pictures will release the pic in U.S. theaters on March 7. In Europe, the film will open in cinemas from February through March.

Producers are Anderson, Scott Rudin, Steven M. Rales and Jeremy Dawson. The pic is a U.K.-Germany co-production, produced by Grand Budapest Limited (U.K.) and Neunzehnte Babelsberg Film GmbH (Germany). It was shot on location in Germany, mainly in Gorlitz and other parts of Saxony, and also at Studio Babelsberg in Potsdam.

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