The Grand Budapest Hotel

2014, USA-Germany, Language: English, French, German, Subtitles: Hungarian and English (100’); Screening: 09.08, 20.00 Uránia National Film Theatre

Despite the title, this is a confidently and unquestionably American film about the irretrievable and sadly long-lost beauties of the ‘good old days’: mildly nostalgic, a touch melancholic. Just as in virtually all Wes Anderson works, here too it is about a hero seeking his father (who has lost his real father) who grows into a man in the course of the search for his father. The none-too-complicated plot itself, which concerns the concierge and a bellhop getting tangled up in the theft of a work of art, references genres popular decades earlier, although as we are accustomed to with films by this director, the storyline is not the point, rather the images: virtually every setting, nearly every single frame – for the most part structured on symmetry, coolly refined and worked out to the smallest detail – could be sold as a postcard.

Directed by: Wes Anderson
Written by: Wes Anderson, Hugo Guinness (inspired by the writings of Stefan Zweig)
Screenplay by: Wes Anderson
Director of photography: Robert D. Yeoman
Music by: Alexandre Desplat Cast: Ralph Fiennes, Bill Murray, Willem Dafoe , Harvey Keitel, Tilda Swinton, Jude Law
Genre: comedy
Production: American Empirical Pictures
Format: colour/ black and white, 1.85: 1