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Helen Mirren to be Honored with the International Star
2013 Palm Springs International Film Festival Awards Gala


Palm Springs, CA (December 12, 2012) – The 24th annual Palm Springs International Film Festival (PSIFF) will present Academy Award® winning actress Helen Mirren with the International Star Award on January 5 at the Awards Gala.  Presented by Cartier, the Awards Gala will be held at the Palm Springs Convention Center.  Hosted by Mary Hart, the Gala will also present awards to previously announced honorees the cast of Argo, Bradley Cooper, Sally Field, Helen Hunt, Naomi Watts and Robert Zemeckis.  The Festival runs January 3-14.

Helen Mirren will receive the International Star Award.  The International Star Award recognizes an actor or actress who has achieved both critical and commercial international recognition throughout their body of work.  “With more than four decades' worth of memorable film, television and stage performances, Helen Mirren continues to be one of the most outstanding actresses of her generation,” said Festival Chairman Harold Matzner.  “In Hitchcock, Mirren delivers another virtuoso performance as Alma Reville, wife to the great master of cinema, who was integral to creating his classic films including the masterpiece Psycho.  The Palm Springs International Film Festival is honored to present the 2013 International Star Award to Helen Mirren.”  Past International Star Award honorees include Javier Bardem and Gary Oldman.

Hitchcock lays bare the captivating and complex love story of film icon Alfred Hitchcock and his steadfast wife and filmmaking collaborator, Alma Reville.  It does so through the sly, shadowy lens of their most daring filmmaking adventure:  the making of the spine-tingling 1960 thriller, Psycho, which would become the director’s most controversial and legendary film.  When the tumultuous, against-the-odds production was over, nothing about movies would ever be the same – but few realized that it took two to pull it off.  The Fox Searchlight Pictures film stars Anthony Hopkins, Helen Mirren, Scarlett Johansson, Toni Collette, Danny Huston, Jessica Biel, Michael Stuhlbarg, James D’Arcy, Michael Wincott, Kurtwood Smith and Richard Portnow.  Hitchcock is directed by Sacha Gervasi with a screenplay by John J. McLaughlin based on the book “Alfred Hitchcock and The Making of Psycho” by Stephen Rebello.

Helen Mirren has won international recognition for her work on stage, screen and television. For her portrayal of Queen Elizabeth II in 2006 of The Queen, she received an Academy Award, Golden Globe, Screen Actors Guild (SAG) Award, and BAFTA Award for Best Actress.  She was also named Best Actress by virtually every critic’s organization from Los Angeles to London.  Mirren earned Oscar nominations for her roles in The Madness of King George, Gosford Park and The Last Station.  Her performance in Gosford Park also earned her Golden Globe and BAFTA Award nominations, several critics groups’ awards, and dual SAG Awards, one for Best Supporting Actress and a second as part of the winning ensemble cast.  Her other film credits include Age of Consent, The Long Good Friday, Excalibur, The Mosquito Coast, The Cook, the Thief, His Wife and Her Lover, The Door, Where Angels Fear to Tread, Some Mother’s Son, Calendar Girls, The Clearing, Shadowboxer, State of Play, The Tempest, RED, The Debt, Arthur, Brighton Rock.  Mirren is currently in production on Red 2.

About The Palm Springs International Film Festival
The Palm Springs International Film Festival (PSIFF) is one of the largest film festivals in North America, welcoming 135,000 attendees each year for its lineup of new and celebrated international features and documentaries.  The Festival is also known for its annual Black Tie Awards Gala, honoring the best achievements of the filmic year by a celebrated list of talents who, in recent years, have included Ben Affleck, Javier Bardem, Cate Blanchett, Danny Boyle, George Clooney, Daniel Day-Lewis, Leonardo DiCaprio, Clint Eastwood, Ron Howard, Sean Penn, Brad Pitt, Natalie Portman, Charlize Theron and Kate Winslet.

The 24th annual Palm Springs International Film Festival is presented by Title Sponsor, the City of Palm Springs.  Presenting Sponsors are Spencer’s, The Desert Sun, Entertainment Tonight, Wells Fargo, Regal Entertainment Group, Bank of America and Wintec. Major sponsors are Panavision, Ocean Properties Development, Raymond|Lawrence, Chihuly, Telefilm Canada.  The Festival’s Awards Gala is presented by Cartier and sponsored by Mercedes-Benz.

For more information, call 760-322-2930 or 800-898-7256 or visit www.psfilmfest.org.

Steven Wilson / Lauren Peteroy
B|W|R Public Relations
steven.wilson@bwr-ny.com / lauren.peteroy@bwr-ny.com

David Lee
Palm Springs International Film Festival

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