First Trailer for Wes Anderson’s THE GRAND BUDAPEST HOTEL Starring Ralph Fiennes and Saoirse Ronan; Film Shot in 3 Different Aspect Ratios

     October 17, 2013


Fox Searchlight has released the first trailer for writer/director Wes Anderson’s new film The Grand Budapest Hotel.  The story takes place in early 20th-century Hungary and revolves around the goings-on at the titular hotel, where a legendary concierge (Ralph Fiennes) takes a young employee (Tony Revolori) under his wing to become his trusted protégé.  The movie looks absolutely delightful, and there are some great laughs in this trailer.  It’s also refreshing, unexpected, and exciting to see Fiennes in a comedic role.  [Update: On a side note, Refocused Media tweets that Anderson shot the movie in three different aspect ratios (1.33, 1.85, and 2.35) for reference during it’s three time periods.  I’m not sure if that means personal reference, or if it will be a reference for the audience.]

Hit the jump to watch the trailer.  The film also stars Saoirse Ronan, F. Murray AbrahamEdward NortonMathieu AmalricAdrien BrodyWillem DafoeLea SeydouxJeff GoldblumJason SchwarztmanJude LawTilda SwintonHarvey KeitelTom WilkinsonBill Murray, and Owen Wilson.  The Grand Budapest Hotel opens March 7, 2014

Here’s a synopsis for The Grand Budapest Hotel:

THE GRAND BUDAPEST HOTEL recounts the adventures of Gustave H, a legendary concierge at a famous European hotel between the wars, and Zero Moustafa, the lobby boy who becomes his most trusted friend.  The story involves the theft and recovery of a priceless Renaissance painting and the battle for an enormous family fortune — all against the back-drop of a suddenly and dramatically changing Continent.


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  • iknowyouasshole

    could be a winner.

  • Jon Boriss

    Looks fun! I love Wes Anderson so I am definitely looking forward to this. What is the aspect ratio of this movie though. Very curious if the whole thing is 1.33 but then some of the actor shots towards the end looked 2.35.

  • Brennan Umsted

    Looks like he may have another winner…and now bring on all the Wes Anderson/Hipster hate

  • TheMattedScreen

    Consider my tickets bought

  • Ethan

    another genius movie from wes anderson

  • Tyler

    May I just say that as a huge fan of Anderson’s work, I am super excited about this movie!

  • Marissa Evans

    Yup, this is on my list of must-sees. :)

  • Tobias Wolf

    Very much looking forward to this!
    How does he always assemble such incredible starpower, though?

  • Tobias Wolf

    Very much looking forward to this!
    How does he always assemble such incredible starpower, though?

  • Bryce Forestieri


    • The Flobbit

      You really took those Nymphomaniac posters to heart, huh?

  • Tofer

    Matt: Ralph Fiennes has done comedy before. And done it very well, I might add (In Bruges).

    • The Flobbit

      That was black comedy at best – very brutal and leaves a bad taste in the mouth. Brilliant movie, though.

      • Solgazer

        Definitely. Big ups to In Bruges!

  • Jeremy D

    This looks fantastic! Very excited to see it

  • Mixed Race rich kid NYC

    It will start great then become tiresome and pretentious in half an hour just like every Wes Anderson movie except bottle rocket
    That movie was just awesome

  • The Exploiter

    Yes. So much yes.

  • The Flobbit

    That cast is more than to die for. It is enough to take a baseball bat and bash your way into Wes’s studio to hold everybody hostage and film with the type of ensemble cast that most directors only dream about.

  • The Flobbit

    Sad to see no Johnny Depp, and Wes is definitely hit or miss. I don’t
    really like his early work, but I absolutely ADORED Moonrise Kingdom, and the cast – namely Fiennes, Ronan, Norton, and Swinton, are enough to make me tune in for this.

  • rivertreeradar


  • HugeJohnson

    Love Ralph Fiennes. Looks great!

  • bombinUSA

    lobby boy is pee wee hermin’s son

  • Solgazer

    Love this guy. I believe his best my still be yet to come.
    Each Wes Anderson film seems to up the unique vision he has.
    Wow what a cast too!

  • derek

    Finally a Ralph Fiennes lead character movie. Looks good.


    Is it me or Hindu people seem to be really fashionable these days? they’re in everything,tv and films. Nothing against them just noticing something happening

    • blablacomputer

      What are you talking about? I didn’t see any Hindu people in the trailer.

      • MITIOR

        mm I thought the bellboy was, I could be wrong, too lazy to google it

      • MITIOR

        mm I thought the bellboy was, I could be wrong, too lazy to google it

  • sense11


  • The Flobbit

    Could be okay, but I don’t like Wes’s hipster angle. I will give this a try.

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