"A small state in Eastern Europe, 1932: Monsieur Gustave, the receptionist of the fashionable mountain hotel "Grand Budapest", is left a will by an old patroness, Madame D..
"A small state in Eastern Europe, 1932: Monsieur Gustave, the receptionist of the fashionable mountain hotel "Grand Budapest", is left a will by an old patroness, Madame D.. He is to inherit the painting "Young Man with Apple". To save the art treasure from the greedy relatives of the deceased, Gustave and the hotel bellboy Zéro steal the painting. Accused by the dead woman's son of murdering his mother, Gustave ends up in prison, from which he manages to escape with Zéro's help. While he is able to solve the riddles surrounding the death of Madame D., the horizon of contemporary history darkens ..."
"The fabulously joyful film unfolds an artfully interlaced game with different time levels. Staged as an overflowing miniature cosmos, it is carried by its sophisticated set, imaginative camera movements, laconic humor, numerous cinematic allusions and brilliant actors. The sweepingly and slightly melancholically painted, candy-colored fantasy world full of dark inserts irrealizes the European history of the 20th century and at the same time transfers it into a space of possibility."
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100 min. color. DCP. E/d Director: Wes Anderson Screenplay: Wes Anderson, Hugo Guinness Cinematography: Robert D. Yeoman Editing: Barney Pilling Music: Alexandre Desplat Starring: Edward Norton, Saoirse Ronan, Ralph Fiennes, Bill Murray, Owen Wilson
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