Wes Anderson's stop motion animated film about a little boy looking for his dog on a dystopian island – Isle of Dogs – has been announced as the Opening Night Film for the 68th Annual Berlin Film Festival (Berlinale) in 2018.

This is the first time in the Festival’s history that an animated piece has opened it and the fourth time a Wes Anderson film has screened in competition there. The Grand Budapest Hotel screened there in 2014 (and won the Silver Bear Grand Jury prize) – Anderson has also had The Royal Tenenbaums and The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou screened there.

Isle of Dogs has quite the star-studded line-up: Bryan Cranston, Koyu Rankin, Edward NortonLiev Schreiber, Ken Watanabe, Akira Ito, Greta Gerwig, Jeff Goldblum, Bob Balaban, and Bill Murray.

Isle of Dogs plays February 15 at Berlinale, before its March 23 US release, and a still to be determined international release sometime in April.