Release Date: 2014
Starring: Saoirse Ronan, Ralph Fiennes, Tilda Swinton, Edward Norton, Léa Seydoux, Jude Law, Bill Murray, Owen Wilson, Willem Dafoe, Adrien Brody, Jeff Goldblum, Harvey Keitel.
Director: Wes Anderson
Writer: Wes Anderson, Hugo Guinness
Studio: Fox Searchlight Pictures
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Official Site: grandbudapesthotel.com
Run time: 100 minutes
Tilda’s role: Madame D.
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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 backdrop of a suddenly and dramatically changing Continent.
About Tilda’s roe Madame D.
There’s a touch of Great Expectations when the will of an 84-year-old widow called Madame Céline Villeneuve Desgoffe und Taxis becomes the contested centre of a bust-up between Gustave and her money-grubbing family. The role of this old lady is vastly enlivened, needless to say, by the brief but hilarious performance of Tilda Swinton, whose five hours each day in hair and make-up were well worth it – she looks magnificently crusty and bizarre.
Madame D departs the Grand Budapest on the same day that a young lobby boy called Zero Moustafa (Tony Revolori) first comes to the concierge’s attention. Gustave must school this pup in the ins and outs of the hotel, not least explaining his own cherished but peculiar role in the sex lives of its weathered residents. “When you’re young, it’s all fillet steak,” he tells his new protégé, “but as you get older, you have to move on to the cheaper cuts.”