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Wes Anderson Invites You to His New 'Hotel'

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For the first time, the director is leaking details about his latest film, The Grand Budapest Hotel, a madcap period piece with a long roll call of actors including Saoirse Ronan, Adrien Brody, Bill Murray, and Jude Law. The story focuses on the relationship between an experienced concierge (Ralph Fiennes) and a lobby boy (Tony Revolori). Says Anderson, “I think like so many things it was two ideas that I mixed together. One was this character that Ralph plays, and another that’s a Euro story in the first half of the 20th century, inspired by [Austrian novelist] Stefan Zweig’s books.” Anderson takes some geographical and historical liberties in the film, which hits theaters March 7; the production conjured up the Grand Budapest’s interior out of a disused department store on the German-Polish border, and the score will feature everything from a balalaika orchestra to Swiss-Bavarian yodeling. “The majority of it is set in 1932,” the director says. “But it’s in a made-up country and with a made-up war that’s a mixture of both world wars. It’s kind of a greatest hits of Old Europe.”

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