Tilda Swinton to Receive Life Achievement Award at Venice Film Festival

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Tilda Swinton has an Oscar and a BAFTA under her belt, and she’s getting ready to add another award to her trophy shelf. The famous actress is set to receive the Golden Lion for Lifetime Achievement at the Venice Film Festival.

The Doctor Strange star said that this festival has been dear to her heart for three decades and that it’s extremely humbling to be honored with this award. “To come to Venice, this year of all years, to celebrate immortal cinema and her defiant survival in the face of all the challenges that evolution might throw at her—as at us all—will be my sincere joy,” she said in a statement.

Venice Film Festival director, Alberto Barbera, described Swinton as “one of the most original and powerful performers to establish herself at the end of the last century”, and praised her commanding and incomparable personality, and uncommon versatility.

The 77th Venice Film Festival will be held from September 2-12, with Cate Blanchett serving as the president of the jury.