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Venice Film Festival: Tilda Swinton pays tribute to Chadwick Boseman with 'Wakanda forever' salute

The actress, who starred with the late actor in 'Avengers: Endgame', made the poignant gesture as she arrived in the Italian city

She may have been arriving in the Italian city of Venice, but Tilda Swinton's heart was very much in Wakanda.

The Scottish actress, 59, gave a nod to the fictional African country in which Black Panther is set as she made her entrance by boat.

Swinton made the poignant "Wakanda forever" gesture referenced in the hit Marvel film in memory of the late actor Chadwick Boseman, who portrayed the namesake superhero, T'Challa.

Boseman, 43, died last week following a four-year battle with colon cancer.

Swinton co-starred with the actor in 2019's Avengers: Endgame, having joined the Marvel franchise in 2016's Doctor Strange, playing the Ancient One.

Scroll through the gallery above to see more pictures of stars arriving in Venice ahead of the festival.

Boseman's Marvel co-stars, including Mark Ruffalo, Chris Evans and Michael B Jordan, have also paid tribute to the actor after news of his death was announced on Saturday.

Swinton wore a disposable face mask as she arrived in the city ahead of the opening of the 77th annual Venice Film Festival.

The cinematic celebration, which officially kicked off on Wednesday, marks the first major in-person film showcase since the outbreak of the coronavirus pandemic.

Also arriving in Venice ahead of the festival was Cate Blanchett, who donned a face mask as she made her entrance via boat.

A number of safety precautions have been introduced for 2020, with the public barred from the red carpet, Hollywood stars and films largely absent and face masks required indoors at all times.

This year’s slightly reduced line-up still contains in-competition films from a number of countries, but will be a mostly European affair. Italian films are well represented, including the first Italian opening-night film in years, the out-of-competition family drama Lacci by Daniele Luchetti.

The festival will run until Saturday, September 12.

Updated: September 2, 2020 04:31 PM

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