Wes Anderson Just Directed a Short Film for Montblanc—and Designed a Limited-Edition Pen

Wes Anderson’s latest short isn’t streaming on Netflix. The three-minute film entitled 100 Years of MEISTERSTÜCK is part of a clever new advertising campaign for Montblanc.

The German luxury house tapped the Oscar-winning director to both create and star in a new commercial celebrating the 100th birthday of the brand’s iconic Meisterstück fountain pen. In the feature, the filmmaker also unveiled a writing instrument prototype of his own that fans can pre-order. The limited-edition pen dubbed the Schreiberling—or “the scribbler”—will be delivered next year.

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“We stand at the summit of Mont Blanc, the White Mountain,” Anderson says at the start of the short, accompanied by longtime collaborators Rupert Friend and Jason Schwartzman. “Highest peak of the Alpine arch and inspiration for the first Montblanc fountain pen, designed over 100 years ago for the adventurous traveler who wants to leave his mark.”

Shot by Swedish cinematographer Linus Sandgren (Saltburn, La La Land), the feature was filmed at Studio Babelsberg in Germany where Anderson is currently working on his next project, The Phoenician Scheme, Indiewire reported. Co-written by Roman Coppola, the forthcoming flick counts Benicio Del Toro, Michael Cera, Bill Murray, and Riz Ahmed as part of its star-studded cast.

Along with the campaign, Montblanc held an anniversary party for the Meisterstück pen in Los Angeles last night at the historic Paramour Estate. While Anderson himself wasn’t in attendance, everyone from Callum Turner to Adrien Brody, Maude Apatow, Emma Roberts, Dylan Sprouse, Maya Erskine, and Simu Liu walked the red carpet. Once inside, guests were treated to a sit-down dinner and a performance of “Happy Birthday” by John Legend.

For those in the Southern California area, Montblanc is also launching a chalet-inspired pop-up at 459 Rodeo Drive in Beverly Hills on May 4. The immersive, alpine-esque space takes cues from the Montblanc Observatory High-Mountain Library seen in the short film and will remain open through July 31. Here, customers will be able to participate in calligraphy and journaling workshops, along with cocktail-making classes.

“Wes Anderson is giving us a very different, never-seen-before look,” Sylvain Costof, Montblanc Americas president, told WWD. “This pop-up transports customers far from the sunny streets of L.A. to snowy alpine peaks, encouraging them to physically experience a piece of this extraordinary universe, as if they were characters in their own Montblanc story. The experience is about discovering the attributes that make Montblanc so special among luxury brands.”

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