Wes Anderson Starts Shoot for 'The Grand Budapest Hotel' in Berlin
BERLIN -- Wes Anderson has begun shooting his latest feature, The Grand Budapest Hotel, on location in and around Berlin.
Marking the Moonrise Kingdom writer-director's first film shot in Germany, Grand Budapest stars Ralph Fiennes as Mr. Gustave, the unflappable concierge of the eponymous hotel. It features an all-star ensemble cast including Bill Murray, Adrien Brody, Edward Norton, Saoirse Ronan, Jeff Goldblum, Willem Dafoe, Tilda Swinton, Jude Law, F. Murray Abraham, Jason Schwartzman, Mathieu Amalric and Owen Wilson.
The bulk of the feature will be shot on location at the Gorlitzer Warenhaus, a historic shopping center built in 1912 near the German-Polish border. Grand Budapest Hotel is set up as a co-production between American Empirical Pictures and Indian Paintbrush together with Studio Babelsberg, allowing the film to tap German film subsidies.
Regional film body the Medienboard Berlin Brandenburg is backing Grand Budapest Hotel to the tune of €450,000 ($600,000). Further regional and federal subsidies are expected to complete the film's budget. Anderson is producing the film together with Scott Rudin, Steven M. Rales and Jeremy Dawson, with Charlie Woebcken, Christoph Fisser and Henning Molfenter from Studio Babelsberg acting as executive producers.
Grand Budapest Hotel is set to shoot through March in Germany for a planned 2014 release.
Anderson received an Oscar nomination for his latest, Moonrise Kingdom, in the original screenplay category, sharing the honor with co-writer Roman Coppola.