Tilda Swinton on ‘The Eternal Daughter’, Chanel’s favorite piece – WWD
VENICE — Walking on the rooftop terrace of the St. Regis Hotel here at sunset, with the city and its Grand Canal unfolding below and pink streaks lifting the natural spectacle into the sky, a sense of majesty and calm was a potent force that on Monday could silence even the frenzy caused by Harry Style’s arrival at the Lido.
Tilda Swinton’s sleek figure stepping onto the terrace in her powder blue and white Chanel Couture Spring 2022 look matched the serene vibe. Still, Swinton took artistic license, adding an unexpected twist by putting a neon yellow streak on a tuft of her slicked back hairstyle.
The actress landed in Venice to present her latest film “The Eternal Daughter”, directed by her longtime friend Joanna Hogg. On the eve of the Tuesday premiere, Swinton attended an intimate Chanel party at Harry’s Bar. Before heading to the location, she sat down with WWD to offer some insight into what to expect from the film and explain why working with friends is the best way to do this job for her.
“It’s such a special movie for me,” Swinton said. “I have known Joanna for the longest time in my life and she and I have been dreaming together for many, many years, children and teenagers, as young filmmakers.”
Among those memories are trips to Venice around the age of 20, when the duo pretended “to be adults and we would save all our money and have a Bellini at the Danieli. And here we are [now]we pinch ourselves that we have our film, which is so personal about our mothers.
In the film, Swinton plays filmmaker Julie Harte, a character viewers of her previous works ‘The Souvenir’ and ‘The Souvenir: Part II’, also directed by Hogg, will be familiar with, as he was portrayed by the daughter’s own daughter. of actress Honor Swinton-Byrne.
“Here’s Julie Harte, 25 years later, taking her mother Rosalind to celebrate her 75th birthday at a hotel, which was once a home that Rosalind knew very well as a child. So it has that kind of emotional significance to take her back to this place. And it’s a few days between mother and daughter.
Swinton spoke of a dream dimension, but also used the same term to describe the process of realization “realized in a kind of fever dream, because it was realized during COVID-19.”
“We just decided to go out there and do it in this very small bubble, with a very small team, in Wales, in a house,” she recalls, amazed that they actually pulled it off. to do it.
Known for portraying a wide range of roles, each with a precise and striking aesthetic, Swinton emphasized the role of clothing in character communication.
“There’s kind of a shortcut to someone’s mind by demonstrating the choices they make. And you have to work very quickly with a film. You have 90 minutes, maybe two hours, so you have to work very quickly to introduce this person to the public,” the actress noted, noting that every detail, from the shoes and fabrics to the color palette, makes the process easier. .
“I think any costume designer will tell you that for cinema it’s very important to establish that code very early in a film. And so with ‘The Eternal Daughter’ it was very important… also because that in this movie we’re looking at the relationship between mother and daughter, so we’re looking at how the daughter positions herself differently and similarly to the mother. And so it was a really interesting and deep game to play,” she added.
For the role of Harte, Swinton worked with costume designer Grace Snell, with whom she previously collaborated on previous Hogg films.
While her characters’ on-screen style has always stood out, Swinton has proven to be even bolder by serving up memorable offbeat and red carpet looks with her bold choices that stand the test of time. Still, the actress downplayed her “relationship with fashion as such,” pointing out how lucky she is to have “close friends who make really nice clothes and they sometimes let me wear them.”
With a collaboration that began almost a decade ago, Chanel is part of this inner circle. Swinton said one of the pleasures of getting together is the development of the relationship and the codes over the years. “It’s really a conversation, and having it with a house like Chanel is extraordinary because the wealth, the archives, the dedication to the new in the kind of paradigm of the old is very exciting. And I like that. doesn’t look fashionable,” she said.
In reference to his favorite piece of the brand: a jumpsuit that was first presented to him many years ago while filming with Tim Walker in Iceland. “It’s what I wear all winter. If I don’t wear a kilt, I wear this tracksuit because you can wear it over two pants and three jerseys because it’s chunky. It’s kind of like of canvas, a tent. I love it.”
After the premiere in Venice, Swinton will continue to work on two more films, including the long-running project “The End,” a musical about the end of the world that she is developing with Joshua Oppenheimer.
Another project, also long in the making, is a film “that I’ve been talking to one of my best friends since 1986 and we’re finally going to do it,” Swinton said of a thoughtful film set in Fiji and made by Cynthia. Beatt.
Once again, friendly ties favor his choices when it comes to new projects. “I’m really not looking for roles, I’m looking for people and the conversations we might have,” she said.
“I was very spoiled early on, I knew how great it was to work with friends and create works with friends, so I’m very rarely in a situation where a film comes to me and I choose the role. Normally what happens is I talk with my friends and out of that conversation will come out what I could do there,” she continued.
“So it’s always the people and the curiosity. And the wonderful thing about working with friends is that you throw each other in on something new, you follow your nose and what interests you at the moment. Usually the things you can’t do you can talk about with friends. With people you don’t know, then maybe you need to be a little safer. And I don’t particularly like to be sure, I like to follow my nose, especially hand in hand with someone I love, and then we find out. It’s an adventure,” Swinton concluded.