Berlin Film Festival 2018 Will Open With Wes Anderson’s ‘Isle Of Dogs’

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After enlightening audiences with 2014’s Silver Bear Grand Jury Prize winner The Grand Budapest Hotel, Wes Anderson is once again returning to the Berlin Film Festival in 2018. Wes Anderson’s stop-motion animated Isle Of Dogs has been set to premiere in competition as the opening night film of the 68th Berlinale on February 15, 2018.

In recent years, Anderson has shown three films in the Berlinale competition: The Royal Tenenbaums (2002), The Life Aquatic With Steve Zissou (2005) and The Grand Budapest Hotel.

The Grand Budapest Hotel grossed $175M worldwide and scored a Best Picture Oscar nomination and mentions for Director, Adapted Screenplay, Editing and Cinematography. Furthermore, it also won statues in the Costume Design, Makeup & Hairstyling, Original Score and Production Design categories.

Isle Of Dogs, Anderson’s second animated endeavor after 2009’s Fantastic Mr Fox, portrays the story of Atari Kobayashi, 12-year-old ward to corrupt Mayor Kobayashi.

When, by Executive Decree, all the canine pets of Megasaki City are exiled to a large garbage-dump, Atari sets off alone in a small Junior-Turbo Prop and journies to Trash Island to try and find one of his bodyguard-dogs, “Spots”.

With the assistance of a pack of newly-discovered mongrel friends, he starts an incredible journey that will choose the fate and future of the entire Prefecture.

The voice cast includes: Bryan Cranston, Koyu Rankin, Edward Norton, Liev Schreiber, Bill Murray, Bob Balaban, Jeff Goldblum, Scarlett Johansson, Kunichi Nomura, Tilda Swinton, Ken Watanabe, Akira Ito, Greta Gerwig, Akira Takayama, Frances McDormand, F Murray Abraham, Courtney B. Vance, Yojiro Noda, Fisher Stevens, Mari Natsuki, Nijiro Murakami, Yoko Ono, Harvey Keitel and Frank Wood.

After their collaboration on The Grand Budapest Hotel, Anderson, Scott Rudin, Steven Rales and Jeremy Dawson all return as producers on Isle Of Dogs, which was produced by Indian Paintbrush. Christoph Fisser, Henning Molfenter and Charlie Woebcken of Studio Babelsberg are still part of the crew as executive producers.

Fox Searchlight, which also teamed on Budapest Hotel, will distribute the film worldwide in partnership with Indian Paintbrush. The domestic release is set for March 23, 2018. Internationally, the film will open in theaters in April 2018.

Berlin fest director Dieter Kosslick stated, “I’m most delighted that Wes Anderson will kick off the Berlinale Competition again. Isle of Dogs will be the first animated film to open the Festival — a film that will capture audiences’ hearts with its Wes Anderson charm.”

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