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Tilda Swinton and Michael Winterbottom Receive Career Excellence Award at ADFF 2011

The Abu Dhabi Film Festival (ADFF) has today announced that British film luminaries Tilda Swinton and Michael Winterbottom will receive Black Pearl Career Excellence Awards at the Festival.

Award-winning director, writer and producer Michael Winterbottom (The Trip, A Mighty Heart, The Road to Guantanamo, Tristram Shandy: A Cock and Bull Story, Welcome to Sarajevo) will receive a Black Pearl Career Excellence Award at a ceremony at the Abu Dhabi Film Festival (ADFF) today. Winterbottom is in Abu Dhabi to present his most recent feature Trishna, starring Freida Pinto, which is screened at the Festival tonight, 9:45 p.m., at the Abu Dhabi Theater.

Academy-Award winning Scottish actress Tilda Swinton (The Chronicles of Narnia, Michael Clayton, Adaptation, Orlando) is set to receive her honor at the Awards Ceremony tomorrow (October 21), in recognition of her striking talent and numerous arresting performances in a wide range of films. Swinton's most recent film, We Need to Talk About Kevin, which premiered to great acclaim in Cannes, marked its Middle East premiere in the Festival on October 15. The film screens again on October 21, 8:45 p.m. at VOX 1.

"This year we are thrilled to present two Black Pearl Awards for Career Excellence to two major filmmaking talents from the UK: the luminous, piercingly intelligent and utterly unique screen presence that is Tilda Swinton, and the extraordinarily versatile, prolific and apparently indefatigable director, Michael Winterbottom," said Peter Scarlet, ADFF's Executive Director.

The Feature Awards Ceremony also includes a special screening of Steve, a critically acclaimed short comedy starring Colin Firth and Keira Knightley. The film was written and directed by ADFF's special guest Rupert Friend, whose acting credits include Five Days of War, Lullaby For Pi, The Kid, Cheri, The Young Victoria, The Boy in the Striped Pajamas, Pride and Prejudice, The Libertine and, most recently, Renee. Friend will be on hand to personally introduce his film.

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