Tilda Swinton, as usual, made a strong fashion impression, with flat, feathered sandals and a tuxedo with a ruffle at the opening of the Berlin International Film Festival.
"The Grand Budapest Hotel," in which Swinton stars along with Bill Murray, Edward Norton, Ralph Fiennes, Saoirse Ronan and others, launched the European event Thursday night. The film, by Wes Anderson, is set to open in the United States on March 7.
Swinton, whose hair color has varied, had high, platinum-blond curls and bright lipstick and toes for the event, which also featured costar Murray in a dapper hat.
The fashion choices were in keeping with the film. Anderson's movies tend toward the offbeat (to put it mildly). The director last year attempted to describe his latest film to the L.A. Times:
"Uuuuum ... it's a ... as you might gather from the title, a hotel figures prominently in it," he said. "And it's kind of European ... a bit inspired partly by Hollywood Europe, and also by some European writers around that time. Yeah. That's a little bit about it. Kind of vague, but ..."
"The Grand Budapest Hotel" is set in a fictional country in pre-World War II Europe and follows a concierge and his lobby boy as they try to recover a famous Renaissance painting.
Murray in a recent interview -- and wearing a tiny conical ski hat -- explained why great actors flock to Anderson's films. With tongue in cheek:
"We are promised very long hours and low wages. And stale bread. That's pretty much it." But, he added, "you get to see the world, and we allow Wes to live this wonderful, magical life he has where his dreamscape comes through."
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