The director opens a new take on old Europe in The Grand Budapest Hotel
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The night train hasn’t yet left Berlin when Bill Murray pops into the compartment to ask where the balalaika music is.
This is not actually that surprising a question. The person he’s asking is Wes Anderson. It’s the day after the premiere of the writer-director’s latest movie, The Grand Budapest Hotel, at the Berlin Film Festival, where it will go on to win the Grand Jury Prize. (It opens in U.S. theaters on March 7.) Murray and Anderson are en route to a press junket in Prague. Barely a minute passes before Randall Poster, the film’s music supervisor, comes by to announce that he’s brought speakers; the balalaika music will be in his compartment.