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  • 7 February 2014, 15:01

Hoffman Absence Felt At Berlin Film Festival

Wes Anderson's star-studded film, The Grand Budapest Hotel, has opened the Berlin Film Festival where the mood was dampened by the death of Philip Seymour Hoffman.

The Oscar-winning actor was due to attend the prestigious event to promote his Sundance festival film God's Pocket.

Festival director Dieter Kosslick said: "On Tuesday, we will show Capote and we will commemorate him because he was here with Capote the last time. He was one of the greatest actors we had in the world."

Actor Edward Norton said: "He's one of the great artists of our generation, it'd be nice if they did that (pay tribute to Philip Seymour Hoffman)."

Anderson's film, with a star-studded cast including Ralph Fiennes, Bill Murray, F Murray Abraham, Norton and English actress Tilda Swinton, is one of 23 movies competing for the festival's Golden Bear trophy which will be awarded on February 15.

Fiennes plays a famous concierge who woos octogenarian blonde widows at an Alpine hotel in a made-up central European country in the 1930s.

Murray said: "It's great, this is very exciting for us to be here. This fun. It's such a wonderful town. It's an artists' town. This film is really ... It really speaks to the artistry of film and it's the perfect way to open (this festival)."

The film has received very positive reviews already.

An eight-member jury, which includes double Oscar winner and Austrian-German actor Christoph Waltz, will choose the winner from a diverse and geographically varied programme.

Jury member Michel Gondry says the festival is "a little less about the looks than some other places".

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