Magazine article Variety

Keys to Anderson's 'Hotel' Success Story

Magazine article Variety

Keys to Anderson's 'Hotel' Success Story

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ANDERSON'S WORLD: The director's eye for detail is a merchandiser's dream. "Budapest" features a collection on eBay, a partnership initiated by actor and frequent Anderson collaborator Waris Ahluwalia (whose own fashion label is House of Waris). Auction items range from bow ties and moustache wax to promotional materials from the pic. Some are selling out, including copies of "The Society of the Crossed Keys," Anderson's book of selections from the writings of Stefan Zweig, which inspired the film.

UNIQUE PROMOTIONS: Fox Searchlight is touring a large-scale model of the hotel in theaters from Hollywood to Berlin. And U.K.-based Secret Cinema, a monthly gathering that combines live performances involving audience participation, recently screened "Budapest" instead of its usual classic fare. The film already has grossed nearly $15 million in Blighty.

VIRAL CHOW: Fox Searchlight created instructional featurettes detailing how to create baked goods inspired by the film's colorful Mendl's pastries. The videos went viral as fans sent back footage of their creations, which Searchlight used in TV spots on cooking networks. The distrib shot eight marketing shorts, including a profile of the film's central character, M. Gustave, played by Ralph Fiennes. …

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