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Tilda Swinton to head Berlin jury

Film festival runs Feb. 5-15

Tilda Swinton has been tapped to head the international jury of the Berlin Film Festival, which runs Feb. 5-15.

Swinton, who won the supporting actress Oscar this year for her role in “Michael Clayton,” has also starred in such recent films as “Burn After Reading” and “The Chronicle of Narnia” franchise. “Her commanding screen presence has made an indelible impression in contemporary, innovative filmmaking,” gushed Berlinale topper Dieter Kosslick.

Swinton gained international recognition in 1992 after starring in “Orlando,” Sally Potter’s adaptation of the novel by Virginia Woolf, and has since played a wide range of roles in both major Hollywood productions and European arthouse films.

The actress made her screen debut in Derek Jarman’s 1986 historical drama “Caravaggio,” which received a Silver Bear at the Berlinale.

Earlier this year, she wrote and co-produced “Derek,” a film portrait of Jarman directed by Isaac Julien, which unspooled in the Berlinale’s Panorama section.

Also this year, Swinton founded the Ballerina Ballroom Cinema of Dreams, a film festival in her hometown of Nairn, Scotland.

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