Though Wes Anderson has previously made multiple commercials featuring big name actors (Brad Pitt, Lea Seydoux, Roman Coppola), this is the longest one to date. In addition to the camera pans and set design very directly borrowed from both Darjeeling Limited and The Grand Budapest Hotel, the advert stars Adrien Brody!
Don’t get your hopes up, there isn’t a pink hotel with funicular going up to it hidden anywhere in the Alps. But there is an old department store in a small town on the German-Polish border, which looks strikingly similar to the one depicted in the movie. It looks similar because that’s where the movie was filmed.
Back in the summer of 2015, I went there. The drive was long, about 1,500 km (950 miles), but it was absolutely worth it. Here are some pictures
The department store is called Kaufhaus Görlitz, and isn’t open to the public at the moment. But it’s currently undergoing renovations, and is set to open at some point in 2017.
Apparently The Grand Budapest Hotel has restored Stefan Zweig’s (The Author whose work the movie is loosely based on) fame to it’s past glory, as earlier this summer German director Maria Schrader’s movie titled “Stefan Zweig: Farewell to Europe” has premiered in Germany. As of yet not much is known about when the film might see the light of day outside of Germany, there isn’t even a trailer with English subtitles, but the film has been placed on a shortlist of films that that could be selected as the German submission for the Best Foreign Language Film at the 89th Academy Awards.
The film has so far received good reviews in Germany, though none have been published so far in English. Hopefully this film gets picked up by the international press as it deserves to be, and maybe even nominated for the Award, even if just for the reason that it’ll be shown in more countries then.
“Kubrick is definitely one of my favorites. But usually by the time I’m making a movie, I don’t really know where I’m stealing from. So by the time I make the movie, I think, ‘oh, this is my thing’. But I think I’m always pretty influenced by Kubrick. And Roman Polanski and John Huston and Martin Scorsese – guys whose way with the camera I feel like I’m always taking something from.”
-Wes Anderson on Moonrise Kingdom