Wes Anderson revives lost Europe at Berlin film fest
BERLIN (AFP) - United States (US) director Wes Anderson's all-star love letter to a Europe devoured by two world wars, The Grand Budapest Hotel, opened the 64th Berlin film festival on Thursday to warm applause.
The Grand Budapest Hotel is Anderson's eighth feature and follows his bittersweet first-love story Moonrise Kingdom, which launched the Cannes film festival in 2012 to become a critical and box office hit.
In the new picture, British actor Ralph Fiennes plays a concierge of the old school, with impeccable manners and an unwavering sense of duty, who takes under his wing a young lobby boy named Zero (Tony Revolori) at the sumptuous spa-town hotel.
Backing up Fiennes is a stellar ensemble cast including Adrien Brody, Willem Dafoe, Bill Murray, Harvey Keitel, Lea Seydoux, Jeff Goldblum and Tilda Swinton.