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Are movies better – or possibly worse – when you watch them at sea?
It’s a question audiences might be able to ask aboard the majestic ocean liner the Queen Mary 2, which is poised to host a transatlantic screening series for Wes Anderson’s The Grand Budapest Hotel. Variety reports that Anderson, Tilda Swinton and Jason Schwartzman are expected to participate in a week-long screening cruise – along with Special Photography Unit helmer Roman Coppola – that will venture from New York to England beginning on June 13. The cast and director will participate in Q-and-A sessions, and The Grand Budapest Hotel will be screened for patrons on the boat.
Um, why didn’t Wes Anderson do this for The Life Aquatic?
Or hop on a train with the cast of The Darjeeling Limited?
What could have been. This is the latest offbeat promotional tour stop for what has become Wes Anderson’s most successful film (financially speaking). The movie has made north of $133 million at the box office since opening in March. Perhaps in part to the movie’s willingness to go find its audiences. Anderson took The Grand Budapest Hotel to Berlin earlier this year. The director also participated in an extended Q-and-A session at the South By Southwest film festival, where the movie screened. You can watch that session, moderated by director Richard Linklater, here:
The Grand Budapest Hotel is the most Wes Anderson-y film we’ve seen to date. It stretches over the course of several generations, it tells the story of an unsolved crime that takes place in the titular hotel, bringing a world of hurt down on the facility’s chief concierge, Gustave H (Ralph Fiennes). The Queen Mary 2 screening series is unusual. A lengthy Oscar run for Anderson’s latest film would not be unusual. Stay tuned.