Tilda Swinton was an honored guest at this year’s Ebertfest. The Roger Ebert Film Festival has been going on for 15 years now. Chaz, Ebert’s widow, hosted. Ms. Swinton, never one to do ordinary things, had a surprise for the audience. Chaz explained that at Tilda’s favorite film festivals in Scotland, they have a dance-along, in which the entire theater dances together. “[Chaz and I] are not dancing up here, we’re coming down to dance with you,” Tilda said. “Because if we dance up here you’re just gonna sit and watch us and laugh.” The audience laughed.
“This is a spiritual service,” Ms. Swinton declared, leading everyone to their feet. And then Barry White’s “You’re the First, the Last, My Everything” started to blast and joyful awkward dancing ensued and I started to cry.
It will make you so happy. It’s like you’re, to quote Tilda, “Dancing with Roger.”
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