Tilda Swinton, John Waters to Appear at Film Society of Lincoln Center Gala

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Pedro Almodovar, Marielle Heller, Tilda Swinton, John Waters

Director Pedro Almodovar and Marielle Heller also will be among the speakers celebrating the organization's 50th anniversary.

Actress Tilda Swinton and directors Pedro Almodovar, John Waters and Marielle Heller are all slated to speak at The Film Society of Lincoln Center’s 50th Anniversary Gala, which will be held April 29 at Alice Tully Hall in New York  City.

The event will celebrate the Film Society, which was founded in 1969, and presents the annual New York Film Festival as well as year-round programming at Lincoln Center and also is responsible for publications like Film Comment. 

Each of the speakers has a connection to the Film Society. Almodovar's 1984 film What Have I Done to Deserve This? screened in its New Directors/New Films festival, and since then he has premiered 10 films in the New York Film Festival; Heller’s directorial debut The Diary of a Teenage Girl was selected as the opening-night film of New Directors/New Films in 2015; Waters was the subject of a complete retrospective, a first in the U.S., in 2014; and Swinton has appeared in a number of films that have played the New York Film Festival, from 1987’s The Last of England through 2003’s Young Adam, 2007’s The Man From London and 2013’s Only Lovers Left Alive

Tickets are currently on sale, and all proceeds from the gala will go to benefiting the Film Society’s activities. More information is available at filmlinc.org/50th.