I’m really looking forward to Wes Anderson’s new film, The Grand Budapest Hotel. It is said to be a period piece with an ensemble cast. I wonder if his new film will be similar to his previous films or if he has moved into a whole new direction. I love his recognizable style and the way his films ebb and flow between melancholy and joy, sincerity and irony, disaffection and optimism. Therefore, I wouldn’t mind if The Grand Budapest Hotel turns out to be very much like his other movies.
Change, however, is not always bad. Anderson has been criticized for being repetitive, and although I don’t think we should mistake cinematic auteurism for repetition, it’s possible that he has taken these allegations seriously and has changed his way of working .We don’t know a lot about the plot or the characters, but what we do know tickles my curiosity.
Anderson often works with the same actors. This movie isn’t different in that aspect. As usual, there are some Wes Anderson regulars and some fresh faces in this picture: Edward Norton, Saoirse Ronan, Ralph Fiennes, Willem Dafoe, Jude Law, Bill Murray, Owen Wilson, Jason Schwartzman, Tilda Swinton, Bob Balaban, Adrien Brody, Harvey Keitel, and F.Murray Abraham are all signed on to participate.
The story of The Grand Budapest Hotel takes place between the world wars in a famous European (I’m guessing Hungarian) hotel and tells the tale of a legendary concierge. M. Gustave, the concierge played by Ralph Fiennes, befriends a young employee (I’m guessing Saoirse Ronan) who becomes his protégé. The movie also deals with the theft and recovery of a priceless Renaissance painting, the battle for an enormous family fortune, and the upheavals in Europe during the first half of the 20th century.
This inclusion of European history sounds interesting to me. Anderson’s movies always have a nostalgic feel, but they usually aren’t set in historical times. His latest work, Moonrise Kingdom, was his first film to literally take place in the past (the sixties). It feels as if he’s taking it even further with his newest film since historic events will actually play a role in The Grand Budapest Hotel.
Director & Writer of Screenplay
Wes Anderson, the American quirky comedy director of our generation. His last picture, Moonrise Kingdom, really put him on the map. It was the opener for last year’s Cannes Film Festival and earned him the respect he deserves.
Fox Searchlight Pictures is the specialty film division of Fox Entertainment Group which specializes in independent films, European films and dramedies. Searchlight also distributed Anderson’s 2007 film The Darjeeling Limited and 2009’s Fantastic Mr. Fox.
The film will probably be released at the end 2013 or the beginning of 2014.
– Filmed in Germany in the Görlitzer Warenhaus (a historical shopping center)
– Johnny Depp was said to be cast for the lead role, but he dropped out. Ralph Fiennes replaced Depp and is now playing the role of the concierge.
– Wes Anderson indicated that he was inspired by the films of Ernst Lubitsch (To Be or Not to Be, The Shop Around the Corner), Rouben Mamoulian (Love Me Tonight) and Billy Wilder. Anderson is always highly allusive. Cinema experts worldwide make a sport of it to find out who Anderson is alluding to.