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Tilda Swinton to Head Berlinale Film Festival Jury

Scottish actress Tilda Swinton will head the jury at Germany's most prestigious film festival. She's best known for her roles in "Burn After Reading," "Michael Clayton" and "The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe."

Tilda Swinton holding her Oscar at the 80th Academy Awards

Swinton has received numerous international awards for her work

Tilda Swinton, 48, will head the jury at next year's edition of the Berlin Film Festival from Feb. 5-15, organizers announced Wednesday.

"I'm pleased that the wonderful Tilda Swinton will be our jury president in 2009," said Dieter Kosslick, director of the Berlinale. "Her commanding screen presence has made an indelible impression in contemporary, innovative filmmaking," he added.

Swinton has received numerous international awards for her work -- most recently the 2008 Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress for her role in the film "Michael Clayton."

Last year she played an alcoholic in Berlinale entry "Julia," directed by France's Eric Zonca.

Swinton made her screen debut in 1986 in Derek Jarman's "Caravaggio," which received a Silver Bear in Berlin.

She maintained a close artistic friendship with Jarman until his death in 1994, appearing in all of his films.

In 1992 she gained international recognition in "Orlando," based on the novel by Virginia Woolf.

This year she founded a film festival in her hometown of Nairn, dedicated to the discovery and rediscovery of classic world cinema treasures.

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