Wes Anderson's 'Isle of Dogs' to open Berlin film festival

The world premiere of the film is announced to be at the Berlin film festival. (Source: YouTube) Photograph:( Others )

WION Web Team Delhi, India Dec 06, 2017, 10.49 AM (IST)

Wes Anderson’s stop-motion animation film "Isle of Dogs" will get a world premiere at the Berlin film festival on February 15, 2018. 

The movie is set in a dystopian future in Japan where all dogs have been exiled to a quarantine island after a mysterious “canine flu” grips the country.

"Isle of Dogs" follows the lead character, a 12-year-old named Atari as he searches for his dog, Spots.

Voices of the most-active dogs have been lent by actors Bryan Cranston, Edward Norton and Tilda Swinton.

Even before the trailer launch, the movie saw itself steaming in controversy when the makers decided to cast American voices in place of Japanese even though the movie is set in Japan. It has since been announced that Canadian-Japanese actor Koyu Rankin will voice the key role of Atari, the boy. 

Wes Anderson had previously directed "The Grand Budapest Hotel' which was also successful in securing the opening gala spot at the Berlin film festival in 2014. "The Grand Budapest Hotel" had gone ahead to win the most Oscar nominations that year -- and won four, for best makeup, production design, costume design and score.

"Isle of Dogs" is due for release on March 23 in the US, March 29 in Australia, and March 30 in the UK.

Watch the trailer: