As this season has proven, with new films debuting from filmmakers like Martin Scorsese, Alfonso Cuaron, the Coen brothers, and David O. Russell, fall is typically seen as the home for the real cream of the crop directors in Hollywood, but in truth one of America's best is waiting until next March to premiere his latest movie. Wes Anderson's Grand Budapest Hotel is separating itself from the madness of this year's awards campaign by coming out on March 7, 2014. But that doesn't mean that it can't still be part of this year's holiday season.
As you can see above, Fox Searchlight has debuted a brand new motion poster for the farcical comedy over on the film's official website. It's design is the same as the one-sheet that came out back in October, but the twist is that we get to watch the day and night come and go in the motion poster. While I'm fairly certain that this has been created in a computer, I like that the design, lighting and movement of everything in the poster evokes the idea of a hotel built on a toy train set. It would be easier to tell if the resolution of the poster were bigger, but perhaps that's exactly why it's so small.
The Grand Budapest Hotel is Anderson's eighth feature film and second period piece following last year's Moonrise Kingdom. The story, which the director co-wrote with newcomer Hugo Guinness, is set in and around an elite European hotel in the 1920s and follows the journey of Gustave H., the resident's legendary concierge played by Ralph Fiennes, and his trusty lobby boy Zero Moustafa (Tony Revolori).The plot thickens when a rich, old "associate" of Gustave's passes away and leaves him an incredibly valuable painting - much to the chagrin of her family.
Anderson has spent his entire career building giant, extremely talented ensembles, but this film may contain his biggest and best yet. In addition to Fiennes and Revolori the project also stars F. Murray Abraham, Edward Norton, Mathieu Amalric, Saoirse Ronan, Adrien Brody, Willem Dafoe, Lea Seydoux, Jeff Goldblum, Jason Schwartzman, Jude Law, Tilda Swinton, Harvey Keitel, Tom Wilkinson, Bill Murray and Owen Wilson.
Are you excited to see the film? Watch the recently released trailer and check out the original poster below, and stay tuned in the next couple months to see more from the movie!