For everyone else counting down the days until Wes Anderson’s The Grand Budapest is released next year, the wait has just got a little easier, with Anderson releasing a brilliant new short film, Castello Cavalcanti.
Anderson is of course no stranger to the medium, with his career beginning back in 1994 with the short, Bottle Rocket, which was itself be turned into a feature two years later). The director then made the fantastic Hotel Chevalier, serving as the prologue for The Darjeeling Limited. And now he returns to the format with Castello Cavalcanti, presented by Prada.
Anderson is reuniting here with Jason Schwartzman, with whom he has worked countless times over the years, including on Hotel Chevalier, with Schwartzman then starring as Jack Whitman opposite Natalie Portman, his on-screen girlfriend.
This time around, Schwartzman stars as a US racecar driver who crashes in a small Italian village in 1955, and he stars opposite Giada Colagrande. Needless to say, the result is fantastic.
Anderson is directing from his own script, with the poster below noting that he’s working once more in collaboration with Roman Coppola. And also working with Anderson is the Oscar-nominated Darius Khondji (Seven, Midnight in Paris) serving as director of photography, Stefano Ortolani (The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou) as production designer, Milena Canonero (The Darjeeling Limited) as costume designer, and Stephen Perkins (Fantastic Mr. Fox) as editor.
So whilst we eagerly await The Grand Budapest Hotel’s arrival, due out on 28th February in the UK and March 7th in the US (see the first trailer here, in case you missed it), here is Anderson’s great latest short, Castello Cavalcanti. Enjoy.