Recording this week’s Oscar Podcast, we touched briefly on Michael Moore’s Fahrenheit 9/11 winning the Palme d’Or at Cannes. We speculated about the jury that year, 2004. Craig Kennedy found the the jurors on a list online and named them: Quentin Tarantino, (President), Kathleen Turner, Tsui Hark, Peter Von Bagh, among others, and Tilda Swinton. This morning trying to decide how to approach Only Lovers Left Alive, I stumbled upon a treasure. I learned that Tilda Swinton delivered the State of Cinema address at the San Francisco Internatuonal Film Festival in 2006. Hoping to find it on youtube, I was only able to locate a 5-minute clip. But the transcript exists at several sites so I’d like to share it.
Tilda Swinton has two twin sons, now aged 16 — sons who would’ve been nearly 9 years old in 2006. Her address to the SFIFF takes the form of an imagined letter to Xavier, one of those sons.
A Letter to a Boy from his Mother
By Tilda Swinton
Boy, my darling,
You asked me the other day, just as you were dropping off, what people’s dreams were like before the cinema was invented. You who talk blabberish and chase rabbits in your sleep, hurrumphing like a dog… you who never watch television…
I’ve been thinking of your question ever since.