BERLIN — “The Grand Budapest Hotel” helmer Wes Anderson was joined on the red carpet at the opening night of the Berlin Film Festival Thursday by cast members Ralph Fiennes, Bill Murray, Willem Dafoe, Jeff Goldblum, Tilda Swinton, Tony Revolori, Lea Seydoux, Edward Norton and Saoirse Ronan.
At the press conference earlier in the day, Murray had been asked how Anderson attracted such great casts.
“We are promised very long hours and low wages,” Murray joked. “And stale bread. It’s this crazy thing where you’re asked to work very long hours. You lose money on the deal. You end up spending more money on tips than you earn. And we are allowed to let Wes live this wonderful, magical life he has where his dreamscape comes true.”
Other thesps at the opening night included John Lithgow and John Hurt, who both appear in films at the fest.
Producer James Schamus, who heads the festival jury, was joined by fellow competition judges, including thesps Tony Leung, Christoph Waltz and Greta Gerwig.
At the jury press conference earlier, Schamus had likened a festival jury to a family.
“The family is a space where you get to really, profoundly, at the molecular level, disagree with everybody you are having food with, and wake up the next morning and still be in love,” he said.
“I think that is the joy of festival juries when they work. And even when they don’t work that well, just like families, you still have those bonds. And the thing that brings us together is the movies. And by movies I do mean James Bond movies, and I do mean Bela Tarr movies. Cinema really is a big family in that way.”