As we speculated back in April, Isle of Dogs will open at the 68th Berlin film festival. Isle of Dogs will see daylight on February 15th 2018 at the film festival, shortly after which it’ll be released in theatres in the US, UK and Australia.
I’m most delighted that Wes Anderson will kick off the Berlinale Competition again. Isle of Dogs will be the first animated film to open the Festival – a film that will capture audiences’ hearts with its Wes Anderson charm -Festival Director Dieter Kosslick.
When we made ‘Moonrise Kingdom’, Wes, Roman, Jason, Bill Murray and I all shared a big old house in Newport. It was about as fun as it gets. Like making home movies with your friends in middle school, except it ends up Opening Night at Cannes. We didn’t want it to end so after the premiere we went to Italy for a hang and we’ve kept it up. ‘Grand Budapest’ got handed out for a read the first summer and ‘Isle of Dogs’ was outlined the next. Bill wasn’t with us this summer but we wore his #WilliamMurrayGolf shirts to infuse the idyll with his spirit of fun. And #BMW loaned us incredible rides to get the growing families over the dusty bumpy Tuscan roads to gelato at the town on the hill. If I had to get stranded with a group on an island, I could make it work with these cats.
Wes Anderson finally revealed his project to the world in a video posted yesterday. The new movie will be called Isle of Dogs, and will include voices from well known actors like Edward Norton, Bill Murray, Jeff Goldblum, and interestingly a new addition: Scarlett Johansson!
The video was posted as an advertisement for a crowd funding campaign running alongside the production, which aims to raise money for the Film Foundation, a non-profit founded by Martin Scorsese, which aims to protect and preserve motion picture history. Prizes include limited edition t-shirts, concept art and a trip to London and a voice-over role in the film!
So far not much of the plot has been revealed, but the cast and concept art hint of a new location for Wes, Japan.
Edited 7th of January 2017: Fixed broken Vimeo link.
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.
Frequent collaborators Wes Anderson and Noah Baumbach have made a video together for a good cause: to help Frank Marshall and Peter Bogdanovich get the lated release of Orson Wells’ final film, called “The other side of the wind”, a real thing. The project they are supporting is on Indiegogo and you can go there to read more about it and, if you’d like, donate money.
If you haven’t heard of The Other Side of The Wind, it was supposed to be Orson Welles’ comeback title. After years spent working in Europe, Orson returned to Hollywood intent on making a film about filmmaking, but managed to hit an obstacle at every turn and, although he finished shooting it, he did not finish editing and the film was never released.
Wes Anderson was present at the premiere of Noah Baumbach’s latest film “While we’re young“. According to Variety.com:
“While We’re Young” was introduced by A24’s David Fenkel, and the after-party was held at Lexington Brass. Wes Anderson, who stayed through the film’s end credits and took selfies with fans waiting outside, walked over with Vogue editor Grace Coddington. The “Moonrise Kingdom” director was later seen chatting in a dark corner of the party with another powerful New York filmmaker — Spike Jonze (who said he still hadn’t seen the “Girls” finale, on which he had a cameo as a music executive).
In the pictures we can also him reunited with Ben Stiller, who stars in Baumbach’s movie.