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5 Tilda-isms from The Grand Berlinale Press Conference of 'Budapest Hotel'

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by Peter Knegt
February 6, 2014 3:55 PM
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Tilda Swinton in Berlin.
Tilda Swinton in Berlin.

Even on a panel that included Bill Murray, Wes Anderson, Edward Norton, Willem Dafoe and Jeff Goldbum, Tilda Swinton stole the "Grand Budapest Hotel" show at the Berlin International Film Festival, whipping out instantly quotable Tilda-isms during the film's press conference this afternoon. Here's 5 highlights:

On taking "a small role" in the film: It was a trip. It was a small role because Wes didn't want any more. Ralph and I would have very happily fleshed out the entire sexual peccadillo that went through decades between Madame D and Mr. Gustav. We are hoping for a prequel. But size is not everything...

On how she achieved the look of her (very old) character: "Madame D is what I look like when I don't put on all this makeup. I am very, very, very old."

On coming to the Berlinale for the first time with "Caravaggio.": "The Berlinale is such a precious place for me. I came here first with the first film I ever made. Which was a film I made with Derek Jarman called 'Caravaggio.' And it was not only the first film I ever made but it was the first film festival I ever came to. And it founded my relationship with cinema on a practical level. I met filmmakers here immediately. People who I worked with immediately from that first film festival. It's like my sort of battery charger, cinematically, the Berlinale."

And coming back this year with two films: "I keep asking [Berlin head] Dieter Kosslick if I can come and clean sometime because I've done almost everything else here. But I'm really proud to be here at this table and tomorrow we're going to be showing Bong Joon-Ho's -- in my opinion -- masterpiece 'Snowpiercer.' To come to this family affair with these two families is... I can't really describe it. It's always a homecoming, but it develops. So I'm just thrilled to be here. It's full of friends for me."

Answering a very strange question about whether Willem Dafoe is going to be in the as-yet-unplanned sequel to "Only Lovers Left Alive": "Are we planning a sequel, you mean? Who looks like a vampire? It could be anybody at this table. Let's say that we're planning many, many, many sequels with every person at this table."

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