Tilda Swinton has joined the list of Qumra Masters for the 2018 event, the Doha Film Institute has announced today. She will take up her role at the fourth edition of Qumra, which runs from March 9-14.
Swinton, who won the 2007 Oscar for best supporting actress for Michael Clayton, will assist upcoming filmmakers through mentoring sessions, one-on-one meetings and Qumra Master Classes. There are 34 selected Qumra projects involved from 25 countries, all of which are in development and post-production stages.
The other Qumra Masters already confirmed for 2018 are directors Bennett Miller, Andrey Zvyagintsev, Apichatpong Weerasethakul, Gianfranco Rosi and costume designer Sandy Powell.
Fatma Al Remaihi, CEO of the Doha Film Institute, said: “A true master in her craft, the diversity and range of [Swinton’s] work is inspirational to both audiences and filmmakers alike. She has constantly redefined the limits of her talent and her wealth of experience brings a rich layer of expertise to our programme.”
Doha Film Institute artistic advisor and filmmaker Elia Suleiman added, “Tilda Swinton’s transformational ability and fierce talent takes every role to unprecedented levels of inspiring perfection and originality. Constantly challenging conventional visual and emotional preconceptions, the depth and breadth of her performances can only be described as profoundly boundary-breaking.”
Swinton, who started making films with Derek Jarman in the 1980s, has been celebrated for many films since including Orlando, Adaptation and We Need To Talk About Kevin. She will soon appear in Luca Guadagnino’s remake of Dario Argento’s giallo classic Suspiria.