Magazine article Screen International

Berlinale: Tilda Swinton Pays Tribute to David Bowie

Magazine article Screen International

Berlinale: Tilda Swinton Pays Tribute to David Bowie

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Tilda Swinton was on stage last night at Berlin's Friedrichstadt-Palast to pay tribute to David Bowie.

She said she took the stage "on behalf of all of us fanboys" and thanked Berlinale director Dieter Kosslick for planning this tribute to Bowie, who died on January 10. "Dieter has done what we've wanted someone to do for a month, which is to give an opportunity for us all to be together and sit in the dark and look at the leader of our tribe." Swinton appeared in Bowie's The Stars (Are Out Tonight) video in 2013.

She added, "It's only the Berlinale that would be doing this, it's a cultural moment. "

The Berlinale hosted a special screening of Nicolas Roeg's The Man Who Fell To Earth, which festival director Dieter Kosslick was proud to explain, "The film had its world premiere at the Berlinale 40 years ago in 1976, and it has become a cult movie, lasting all this time." Of course, Bowie lived briefly but importantly in Berlin to record his 'Berlin Trilogy': Low, Heroes and Lodger. As Kosslick added, "He was a real Berliner and he has influenced Berlin's cultural life a lot."

Swinton said Bowie had been important to her for many years. She recounted some stories of her youth: "I have an interesting relationship to this film, I come from a family that has no connection to film at all, and when I was 17 I was ill in bed with glandular fever and I had read every book in the house. And my mother's cousin was married to a screenwriter, and he bought me a screenplay to read. I'd never seen a screenplay in my life, and it was The Man Who Fell to Earth. And I've always felt a connection to the film for that reason, and also of course the first album I ever bought, several years before I had a record player, was Aladdin Sane, and I used to carry it around with me even though I couldn't hear it, I could look at that picture. …

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