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Marion Cotillard & Quentin Tarantino to be honored at PSIFF Awards Gala


PALM SPRINGS, CA (December 29, 2009) – The 21st Annual Palm Springs International Film Festival (PSIFF) will present Academy Award winners Marion Cotillard with the Desert Palm Achievement Actress Award and Quentin Tarantino with the Sonny Bono Visionary Award, named after the Festival's founder. Presented by Cartier, the Awards Gala will kick off the 2010 awards season on Tuesday, January 5 at the Palm Springs Convention Center. Hosted by "Entertainment Tonight's" Mary Hart, the Awards Gala will honor previously announced honorees Jeff Bridges, T Bone Burnett, Mariah Carey, Morgan Freeman, Anna Kendrick, Helen Mirren, Jason Reitman and Jeremy Renner. The Festival runs January 5-18, 2010.

Festival chairman Harold Matzner commented, "Following a distinguished career in French cinema, Marion Cotillard has firmly established herself as a major actress in American films. Her performance in Rob Marshall's Nine is nothing short of breathtaking." He added, "Quentin Tarantino is one of the most gifted, iconoclastic filmmakers of his generation, and with Inglourious Basterds, he's created a hugely entertaining, revisionist take on history as it might have been. For this achievement, along with his ongoing contributions to contemporary cinema, we're delighted to be honoring him with the Festival's Sonny Bono Visionary Award."

Marion Cotillard will receive the Desert Palm Achievement Actress Award. For her Oscar winning role as Edith Piaf, the Festival presented her with the Breakthrough Performance Award in 2008. Cotillard stars in Rob Marshall's Nine, currently screening in theatres. Originally created for the stage, the Tony® award winning Nine is a musical adaptation of Federico Fellini's . Cotillard portrays the wife, Louisa, to Daniel Day-Lewis' Guido, a film director, who must find harmony in his relationships with the many women in his life, including his wife, mistress, muse, agent and mother. Additional cast includes Nicole Kidman, Penélope Cruz, Kate Hudson, Judi Dench and Sophia Loren.

Also in December, Cotillard will be seen in the French production of Karim Dridi's Le Dernier Vol (The Last Flight), based on the epistolary novel The Last Flight of the Lancaster. This summer, Cotillard was seen in Michael Mann's crime drama Public Enemies, depicting the takedown of notorious American gangsters John Dillinger, Baby Face Nelson and Pretty Boy Floyd during the 1930s.

In 2008, Cotillard became the second French actress to ever win an Oscar®, and the first to win an acting award for a performance in the French language in the film La Vie En Rose. For her role, Cotillard also received a Best Actress BAFTA, Golden Globe and César Award as well as a Screen Actors Guild nomination. In 2005, Cotillard received a César Award for her supporting performance in A Very Long Engagement opposite Audrey Tautou. Cotillard's credits include the successful French Taxi film series; Ridley Scott's A Good Year, opposite Russell Crowe; Tim Burton's Big Fish opposite Ewan McGregor; Jeux d'enfants (Love Me If You Dare) opposite Guillame Canet; and the French film, Innocence. She recently completed production on Chris Nolan's Inception and Guillame Canet's Les Petits Mouchoirs (Significant Others). Past recipients of the Desert Palm Achievement Actress Award include Anne Hathaway, Halle Berry, Charlize Theron, Naomi Watts and Kate Winslet.

Quentin Tarantino will receive the Sonny Bono Visionary Award. His film Inglourious Basterds is set in the first year of the German occupation of France, Shosanna Dreyfus (Mélanie Laurent) witnesses the execution of her family at the hand of Nazi Colonel Hans Landa (Christoph Waltz). Shosanna narrowly escapes and flees to Paris where she forges a new identity as the owner and operator of a cinema. Elsewhere in Europe, Lieutenant Aldo Raine (Brad Pitt) organizes a group of Jewish American soldiers to perform swift, shocking acts of retribution. Later known to their enemy as "the basterds," Raine's squad joins German actress and undercover agent Bridget von Hammersmark (Diane Kruger) on a mission to take down the leaders of the Third Reich. Fates converge under a cinema marquis, where Shosanna is poised to carry out a revenge plan of her own. The film is nominated for four Golden Globe Awards including Best Director, ten Critics Choice Awards including Best Director and three SAG Awards including Best Ensemble Cast.

Tarantino made a bold debut with Reservoir Dogs, a cops and robbers tale that Tarantino wrote, directed and produced on a shoe-string budget. Following the film's success, the screenplays that Tarantino wrote during his tenure as a video store clerk became hot properties including True Romance and From Dusk Till Dawn. Tarantino co-wrote, directed and starred in Pulp Fiction, which won the Palme D'Or at the 1994 Cannes Film Festival, numerous critics' awards and a Golden Globe for Best Screenplay. Pulp Fiction was nominated for seven Academy Awards® including Best Picture and Best Director, and Tarantino received an Academy Award® for Best Screenplay. Tarantino also wrote and directed Jackie Brown, Kill Bill Vol. 1 and Kill Bill Vol 2.

Most recently he collaborated with Robert Rodriquez on Grindhouse, which presented two original, complete films as a double feature. He also collaborated with Rodriguez as a special guest director on the thriller Sin City. Tarantino also joined Rodriguez, Allison Anders and Alexandre Rockwell by directing, writing and executive producing a segment of the omnibus feature Four Rooms. Tarantino served as an executive producer on Eli Roth's Hostel, produced first-time director Katrina Bronson's Daltry Calhoun, Robert Rodriguez's From Dusk Till Dawn and Roger Avary's Killing Zoe. The longtime fan of Asian cinema presented Yuen Wo Ping's Iron Monkey and Zhang Yimou's Hero. Past recipients of the Sonny Bono Visionary Award include Todd Field, Baz Luhrmann, M. Night Shyamalan, Gus Van Sant and Joe Wright.

Celebrating its 21st anniversary, PSIFF was founded in 1990 by then-Mayor Sonny Bono. This year's Festival will include over 400 screenings of more than 200 films from approximately 60 countries. The Festival presents a majority of the films submitted for consideration in the Best Foreign Language category for the Academy Awards, as well as a large number of American independent and international features and documentaries marking their world, North American or U.S. debuts. Screenings are held on 15 screens throughout Palm Springs.

The Festival's 21st Annual Awards Gala is presented by Cartier and sponsored by Entertainment Tonight and Mercedes-Benz. Renewing sponsors of this year's Festival are Title Sponsor The City of Palm Springs and Presenting Sponsors The Desert Sun, the City of Indian Wells, the Agua Caliente Band of Cahuilla Indians, Spencer's Restaurant and KPSP Local 2. Major Sponsors include Bank of America, Ketel One, Johnnie Walker and Don Julio, Regal Entertainment Group, Wells Fargo, Verizon, Integrated Wealth Management, Guthy-Renker, Wessman Development, Ocean Properties Development, Chihuly Art Glass and Chop House Edit.

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