I look forward with giddy anticipation to every Wes Anderson film. The Texan-born director has brought us The Royal Tenenbaums, The Life Aquatic With Steve Zissou, The Darjeeling Limited, and more recently, Moonrise Kingdom, each one bringing to life Anderson’s idiosyncratic vision with a cast of quirky, dysfunctional, odd-ball characters, technicolour palette, and lush cinematography and scenery that you just want to get lost in.
Starring Ralph Fiennes, Tony Revolori, Saoirse Ronan and featuring Anderson’s regulars including Willem Dafoe, Bill Murray, Adrian Brody and Owen Wilson (his college roommate) is The Grand Budapest Hotel, Anderson’s eighth feature film, coming out this March. Set in the fictitious Mitteleuropäische town of Zubrowka (not Budapest), the film is inspired by Austrian writer Stefan Zweig’s own life and novellas about interwar Vienna, and revolves around the concierge of the eponymous hotel, Gustave H (Ralph Fiennes), and his sidekick bellhop, Zero Moustafa’s (Tony Revolori) attempt to recover a painting he has been left in a former guest’s will.
One reviewer called its debut screening at the Berlin International Film Festival earlier this month “…the most intensely pleasurable curtain-raiser in recent history, if not ever.” Check out the trailer below, which delivers a slice of Anderson’s trademark visual style and deadpan comic dialogue.
The Grand Budapest Hotel, in cinemas 7 March 2014, and 20 March for Hong Kong.