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Isle of Dogs

Isle of Dogs – Ataris Reise

Jason Schwartzman, Roman Coppola, Bob Balaban, Bill Murray, Greta Gerwig, Bryan Cranston, Wes Anderson, Koyu Rankin, Liev Schreiber, Jeff Goldblum, Kunichi Nomura

Moderation: Anatol Weber

Press Conference at full length

Isle of Dogs tells the story of Atari Kobayashi, 12-year-old ward to corrupt Mayor Kobayashi. When, by Executive Decree, all the canine pets of Megasaki City are exiled to a vast garbage-dump called Trash Island, Atari sets off alone in a miniature Junior Turbo Prop and flies across the river in search of his bodyguard-dog, Spots. There, with the assistance of a pack of newly-found mongrel friends, he begins an epic journey that will decide the fate and future of the entire prefecture.
After Fantastic Mr. Fox, this new work marks Wes Anderson’s second animation film. Once again, the director has created a meticulously detailed universe that functions according to its own unique realities and laws. But even when wicked villains appear and brutally hunt down the four-legged friends, the film remains essentially a fable. Miraculously, we are able to understand the animals, whilst almost everything the humans say is translated for us. Atari and his quirky canine companions King, Duke, Rex, Boss and Chief confront us with those most quintessential of questions that concern us all, namely: ‘Who are we? And who do we want to be?’

Wes Anderson

United Kingdom / Germany 2018

English, Japanese

101 min · Colour

World premiere


Bryan Cranston (Chief)
Koyu Rankin (Atari)
Edward Norton (Rex)
Liev Schreiber (Spots)
Greta Gerwig (Tracy)
Bill Murray (Boss)
Jeff Goldblum (Duke)
Bob Balaban (King)
Scarlett Johansson (Nutmeg)
Courtney B. Vance (Narrator)
Kunichi Nomura (Mayor Kobayashi)


Written and directed by
Wes Anderson
Director of Photography
Tristan Oliver
Mark Waring
Andrew Weisblum
Alexandre Desplat
Production Design
Adam Stockhausen, Paul Harrod
Douglas Aibel
Wes Anderson, Scott Rudin, Steven Rales, Jeremy Dawson
Christoph Fisser, Henning Molfenter, Charlie Woebcken


Wes Anderson

Wes Anderson was born in Houston, Texas. His films include Bottle Rocket, Rushmore, The Royal Tenenbaums, The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou, The Darjeeling Limited, Fantastic Mr. Fox, Moonrise Kingdom and The Grand Budapest Hotel.


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 (Darjeeling Limited) 2009 Fantastic Mr. Fox (Der Fantastische Mr. Fox) 2012 Moonrise Kingdom 2014 The Grand Budapest Hotel (Grand Budapest Hotel) 2018 Isle of Dogs (Isle of Dogs – Ataris Reise)

Bio- & filmography as of Berlinale 2018

Produced by

American Empirical c/o United Talent Agency
Beverly Hills, USA
+1 310 2736700

Indian Paintbrush
Santa Monica, USA

World sales

Fox Searchlight Pictures
Los Angeles, USA


  • Thu Feb 15 19:30
    Berlinale Palast (G, E)
    Opening Ceremony | No ticket sales
  • 150741
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    Thu Feb 15 20:30
    Friedrichstadt-Palast (G, E)
    Additional screening with transmission of the opening ceremony
  • 160743
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    Fri Feb 16 10:30
    Friedrichstadt-Palast (G, E)
  • Fri Feb 16 14:00
    Brandenburger Tor (G, E)
  • 171072
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    Sat Feb 17 10:00
    Haus der Berliner Festspiele (G, E)
  • 170303
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    Sat Feb 17 15:30
    Zoo Palast 1 (G, E)
    Cross Section Generation Kplus | Age recommendation: 12 years and up

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