Tilda Swinton at “The Grand Budapest Hotel” PremiereBy: Mike Tuttle - February 7, 2014
Tilda Swinton appeared at the Berlin International Film Festival on Thursday to premiere Wes Anderson’s new star-studded film, The Grand Budapest Hotel, which follows the adventures of a legendary concierge at the famous hotel and all who come in contact with him.
In the film, 53-year old Swinton plays a 84-year old countess named Madame D, the former mistress of the hotel concierge.
“Madame D. is what I look like when I don’t put on all this makeup,” Swinton said. “I am very, very, very, very old.”
However, as dazzling as she usually appears, Swinton’s shoe choice at the premiere left some confused.
According to People Magazine, the British actress wore an androgynous black Schiaparelli Haute Couture tuxedo, similar to those worn by her fellow male actors at the premiere, but her feather thong sandals were a bit bizarre.
The film is competing with 20 others for the Golden Bear award, the highest prize awarded at the festival.
Other notable actors from the film were sporting good style at the premiere alongside Swinton, including Ralph Fiennes, who plays the concierge, Bill Murray, Willem DaFoe, Edward Norton, and Jeff Goldblum.
But how did Anderson get so many big actors to play such not-so-big roles?
“We are promised very long hours and low wages – and stale bread,” actor Bill Murray joked. “That’s pretty much it.”
According to The Christian Science Monitor, Murray added that it’s also about the experience.
“You get to see the world and we’re allowed to let Wes live this wonderful magical life he has where his dreamscape comes true,” he said. “So we show up, he gets to have all the fun. I guess it’s because we like him that we go along.”
Rising young actors Tony Revolori, Lea Seydoux, and Saoirse Ronan also appear in the film and stood alongside Swinton, Fiennes, and Goldblum on the red carpet yesterday.
The Grand Budapest Hotel opens in the U.S. on March 7, 2014. It is Swinton’s second movie with director Wes Anderson.
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