Wes Anderson, writer/director,
"The Grand Budapest Hotel"
Written and directed by University of Texas alumnus Wes Anderson, The Grand Budapest Hotel stars Ralph Fiennes as M. Gustav, the highly respected concierge of a luxury resort in a fictional European country. His position at the hotel comes under threat when the state police suspect him of murdering the wealthy widow he's personally serviced for years. His only ally is his protege Zero, a lobby boy who is played by Tony Revolori. With Europe on the brick of the Second World War, Gustvav goes on the run in a bid to clear his name. As expected, The Grand Budapest Hotel is a typically eccentric comedy from Anderson that’s in the vein of The Royal Tennenbaums, The Darjeeling Limited, and Moonrise Kingdom. It stars many members of Anderson’s community of actors, including Adrien Brody, Jeff Goldblum, Bill Murray, Edward Norton, Jason Schwartzman, Tilda Swinton, and Owen Wilson, as well such neophytes as Fiennes, F. Murray Abraham, Harvey Keitel, Jude Law, and Tom Wilkinson. The Grand Budapest Hotel enjoyed its Austin premiere during this year’s SXSW Film Festival and opened March 14 in local theaters. I was among several members of the media to talk with Wes Anderson this week following the SXSW Film Festival screening of The Grand Budapest Hotel.
Aired: March 13, 2014
Web site: http://www.grandbudapesthotel.com/