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The death of celebrated American character actor Philip Seymour Hoffman of an apparent drug overdose dampened the opening on Thursday of the 64th Berlin film festival where director Wes Anderson’s comedy “The Grand Budapest Hotel” had its premiere. Anderson’s historical fiction stars Ralph Fiennes as a famous concierge who woos octogenarian blonde widows at an alpine hotel in a made-up Central European country in the 1930s. It amused a press audience but there was no escaping the absence of Hoffman, whose death at 46 last week in New York City after apparently injecting heroin has rattled the cinema world.

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