Oscar-winner Tilda praises critic as curtains close on film festival
OSCAR-winning actress Tilda Swinton has spoken of her sadness at the death of film critic Michael Dwyer as her new movie brought the Dublin International Film Festival, of which he was a co-founder, to a close last night.
And she said that the quality of films on show over the past 10 days was a testament to the event's improved standing on the international film circuit.
"My contact with the Dublin International Film Festival -- as for a lot of people who don't live in Ireland -- was Michael Dwyer," the Scottish actress told the Irish Independent.
"It's very sad for me to be here and him not to be. I used to meet him all over the world, and he used to bring the Dublin International Film Festival with him and very much represent it as a truly international film festival."
Mr Dwyer died in January at the age of 58 following a six-month illness.
"I think it's the kind of festival that is interested in being elastic and wide, and that must mean a good one," said Swinton.
"I hope the audience here will be inspired and go out into the year saying, 'Maybe I'll go to see that foreign film', even though they haven't heard of it.
"That's what festivals do -- they give the audience courage to take risks and see things that they wouldn't ordinarily see."
Swinton was at the Savoy cinema last night to see 'I Am Love', the Italian drama in which she stars. The straight-talking redhead said that she didn't have much difficulty working in Italian. "Well, every time I make a film in America I'm making a film in a different language," she laughed, before shrugging off her Oscar win for 'Michael Clayton'.
"It's like a brand on the back of my neck; fortunately, I don't have to look at it," she said.
While Swinton said she was only on a flying visit to Dublin, another big name claimed that he was "very badly behaved" while enjoying Dublin's nightlife.
Timothy Spall, who has just finished filming the final film in the lucrative 'Harry Potter' franchise, rolled into town over the weekend along with Welsh actor Michael Sheen (41) to attend the premiere of Tim Burton's 'Alice in Wonderland 3D' also at the Savoy.
"What is nice about this is it is very relaxed, and the people who are looking after us are great. It is Ireland, it is always fun to be here," Spall said.
Sheen, who played Tony Blair in 'The Queen' and the White Rabbit in 'Alice and Wonderland', quipped that he might have liked to star as The Cheshire Cat in the adaptation of Lewis Carroll's classic children's tale.