Today the Berlinale begins and it's opening film is Wes Anderson's The Grand Budapest Hotel. For that occains a press conference was held which included most of the cast. Bill Murray, Edward Norton, Ralph Fiennes, Tony Revolori, Saoirse Ronan, Tilda Swinton, Jeff Goldblum, Willem Dafoe and producer Jeremy Dawson all attended the event. And as you can guess, it was packed with reporters and photographers.
On the question "What is the Wes Anderson "touch?". Referring that so many A-List actors keep on working with mr Anderson. Bill Murray started to joke; "It's the long hours, the low wages and stale bread that make us want to work with him. You loose on the deal but we like him, and that's why we go along with it".
What inspired for The Grand Budapest Hotel? Anderson answered: "We Sat down and watched a number of films : Grand hotel, Love me Tonight, The Silence, To be or Not to Be The Mortal Storm". Jokingly adding: "Does that answer the question?"
When asked on the grand scale of the movie he replied: " The experience for making a movie is all about them ( refering to the actors), working ith them. Its really creating a wordl for them to play in. I nver think about the negatives or what could go wrong. It's about what we van do together, to make it more exiting!"
When Ralph Fiennes was asked if he favours role like these he said that Wes Anderson approached him. Anderson took over the question by saying: "This part was actually writen with Ralph in mind I don't know of anyone else who could play it for a variety of reasons. The main one being, this character in grand and theatrical, he has to receite poetry. The cruscial thing to me is that he be a real person and Ralph (fiennes) is that person. I wanted to work with him in the abstract anyway. We'll make this a real man and everything Ralph does in this process is to feel he the real guy. "
A comment and a link were made to The Overlook Hotel from Kubrick's The Shining and was asked if he was influenced by Kubrick? "Many things I steel on purpose and on some thing I don't even have to make an effort to steel and I think Kunrick falls into that catagory. I just love the way he worked, but not just that you can see in the movie, but all the systems he createdfor himself for his work. He's a good role model. The master".
The Grand Budapest Hotel will released March 2014 and stars: Ralph Fiennes, F. Murray Abraham, Edward Norton, Mathieu Amalric, Saoirse Ronan, Adrien Brody, Willem Dafoe, Léa Seydoux, Jeff Goldblum, Jason Schwartzman, Jude Law, Tilda Swinton, Harvey Keitel, Tom Wilkinson, Bill Murray, Owen Wilson, and introducing Tony Revolori