In a tiny fictional Eastern European country in 1932, Monsieur Gustave is the concierge of the swanky “Grand Budapest” mountain hotel. A wealthy patron, Madame D., leaves him a painting, “Boy with Apple”, in her will. In order to save the picture from the dead lady’s greedy relatives, Gustave and the lobby boy Zero steal the painting. Gustave lands in prison after the deceased woman’s son accuses him of murdering the mother, but manages to escape with Zero’s help. As the concierge tries to clear up the circumstances of Madame D.’s death, dark clouds loom over the current events horizon ... “I find these black uniforms very drab.” To provide a merry counterpoint to the fascist dictatorship that will do in Monsieur Gustave, Milena Canonero unleashed a torrent of colour in her costume design. The cheerful purple of the hotel uniforms harmonises with the pink and red of the hotel’s interiors. The yellow “Klimt dress” and red velvet coat worn by Madame D. are powerful testimony to liberal, heterogeneous tastes, while the black leather coats and uniforms of the military characters portend a future of aesthetic conformity.
USA / Germany 2014
100 min · Colour · 2K DCP
Ralph FiennesF. Murray AbrahamMathieu AmalricAdrien BrodyWillem DafoeJeff GoldblumHarvey KeitelJude LawBill Murray
Born in Houston, Texas, in 1970, he wrote his first stage plays at the age of eight and attended St. John’s High School (which was later used as the location for the film Rushmore). A student of philosophy at the University of Texas where he graduated with a B.A., during his studies he attended drama seminars with Owen Wilson, with whom he later wrote screenplays. In 1994 he made his first short film, Bottle Rocket, making a feature-length remake of this film two years later. He last attended the Berlinale in 2005 with The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou. He lives in Manhattan.Filmography
1996 Bottle Rocket (Durchgeknallt) 1998 Rushmore 2001 The Royal Tenenbaums (Die Royal Tenenbaums) 2004 The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou (Die Tiefseetaucher) 2007 The Darjeeling Limited · Hotel Chevalier 2009 Fantastic Mr. Fox (Der Fantastische Mr. Fox) 2012 Moonrise Kingdom 2014 The Grand Budapest Hotel
American Empirical Pictures/Indian Paintbrush Productions/ Scott Rudin Productions/Studio Babelsberg Filmfür/for Twentieth Century Fox Film Corp., USA
DCP: Twentieth Century Fox of Germany