Oscar winner Tilda Swinton names her favorite Chinese movie as Scottish film festival begins
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Actress Tilda Swinton poses at the 60th Annual Directors Guild of America Awards in Century City, California on January 26, 2008.

Actress Tilda Swinton poses at the 60th Annual Directors Guild of America Awards in Century City, California on January 26, 2008.(Xinhua/Reuters File Photo)
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    BEIJING, March 20 (Xinhua) -- British actress Tilda Swinton appeared on stage as the curtain rose Thursday for the first ever Scottish film festival at the China Film Archive in Beijing.

    Dressed in typical Scottish kilt, Swinton mingled with Chinese journalists and movie lovers, enjoying taking pictures with them.

    "My favorite Chinese movie is 'Spring in a Small Town'," said Swinton when asked by Xinhua reporter. "But the original one in the 1940s, not the remake."

    "Xiao Cheng Zhi Chun," the Chinese name for the black and white romance directed by Fei Mu in 1948, depicts a woman involved in a love dilemma. It was remade in 2002.

    But this weekend, Swinton will introduce her favorite Scottish films to the Chinese people, with Michael Powell and Emeric Pressburger's "I Know Where I'm Going" leading the list Friday night.

    Four other feature-length films and seven short films will be featured, including a trilogy of biographical films by Scottish director Bill Douglas about his upbringing in poverty.

    "Together, the program will offer a perspective on half- a- century of Scottish film making in a viewing environment sure to create an overwhelming sensual experience," said Fang Ming, an official with the British Council, which is one of the sponsors of the gala.

    Scotland's First Minister Alex Salmond said, "I am confident that this festival will give pleasure to Chinese film lovers by sharing some of Scotland's best work both behind and in front of the camera with them."

Actress Tilda Swinton arrives for the premiere of the Disney film "The Chronicles of Narnia: Prince Caspain" in New York May 7, 2008.

Actress Tilda Swinton arrives for the premiere of the Disney film "The Chronicles of Narnia: Prince Caspain" in New York May 7, 2008.(Xinhua/Reuters File Photo)
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