Iñárritu’s Babel To Be Honored By 18th Annual Palm Springs International Film Festival Awards Gala
Festival to Present Inaugural Ensemble Performance Award to Cast of “Babel”; Alejandro González Iñárritu to Receive Director of the Year Award
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Palm Springs, CA - The 18th Annual Palm Springs International Film Festival (PSIFF) will honor the cast of Babel with the Festival’s Ensemble Performance Award and Alejandro González Iñárritu with the Director of the Year Award at the Festival’s annual Awards Gala. Cast members Brad Pitt, Cate Blanchett, Adriana Barraza and Rinko Kikuchi are expected to attend along with Iñárritu. This is the first year the Festival has presented an ensemble award to a cast. Directors that the Festival has previously honored include Anthony Minghella, Alexander Payne and Ang Lee.
Festival Chairman Earl Greenburg said, “Babel is truly a remarkable film, featuring a diverse cast of both actors and non-actors, all of whom contributed immeasurably to the power of this unique film. We are delighted to have the opportunity to honor these ensemble performances featuring international superstars and unknown locals. Iñárritu has created a masterful film that has earned international praise and acclaim thus earning him the Festival’s Director of the Year Award.”
John Lesher, President of Paramount Vantage said, “We are thrilled that the Palm Springs International Film Festival has chosen to honor Alejandro as Director of the Year and that the cast of Babel will receive the Festival’s very first ensemble award. Palm Springs is known for being a festival for true film lovers and it’s a joy to be able to share Babel with them.”
As previously announced, the Awards Gala, which will be held on Saturday, January 6, 2007 at the Palm Springs Convention Center, will also honor Sydney Pollack, Kate Winslet, Todd Field and Adam Beach and will be hosted by “Entertainment Tonight’s” Mary Hart.
Brad Pitt, Cate Blanchett, Gael Garcia Bernal, Koji Yakusho, Adriana Barraza and Rinko Kikuchi lead an international ensemble of actors and non-professional actors from Morocco, Tijuana and Tokyo in Babel. The film follows a chain of events that will link an American tourist couple’s frantic struggle to survive, two Moroccan boys involved in an accidental crime, a nanny illegally crossing into Mexico with two American children and a deaf Japanese teen rebel whose father is sought by the police in Tokyo.
In this mesmerizing, emotional film that was shot on three continents and in five languages – and traverses both the deeply personal and the explosively political - acclaimed director Alejandro González Iñárritu explores with shattering realism the nature of the barriers that seem to separate humankind. Iñárritu evokes the ancient concept of Babel and questions its modern day implications: the mistaken identities, misunderstandings and missed chances for communication that, though often unseen, drive our contemporary lives. Paramount Vantage presents an Anonymous Content Production and Z Films Production of an Alejandro González Iñárritu film.
About Alejandro González Iñárritu
Iñárritu directed and produced his debut feature film in 2000, Amores Perros, which was nominated for an Academy Award as Best Foreign Language Film and received over 60 prizes becoming the most awarded film around the world in that year. Iñárritu’s follow-up film, 21 Grams, which he conceived, directed and produced, starred Sean Penn, Benicio del Toro, and Naomi Watts. Both Del Toro and Watts received Oscar nominations for their roles in the film and Penn won the Jury Prize for Best Actor at the Venice Film Festival. In May 2006 Iñárritu completed his third feature film Babel, which concluded his trilogy and earned him the Best Director Award at the 59th Cannes Film Festival earlier this year. The film also won the Technical Grand Prize at Cannes for Best Editing (Stephen Mirrione, A.C.E) and the Prize of the Ecumenical Jury.
About The Palm Springs International Film Festival
Founded in 1990 by then Mayor Sonny Bono, the PSIFF is one of the largest film festivals in North America. The Festival has an attractive film sales and distribution record and is seen by American distributors as one of the best Academy Award campaign marketing tools. The Festival also features cultural events, filmmaker tributes, industry seminars and an annual black-tie gala award presentation.
Renewing their support of this year’s Festival is Title Sponsor, The City of Palm Springs and Presenting Sponsors, Spencer’s Restaurant, The Desert Sun, the City of Indian Wells, the Agua Caliente Band of Cahuilla Indians, Wessman Development and Entertainment Tonight. Major sponsors include Tiffany & Co., Regal Entertainment Group, Mercedes-Benz, Integrated Wealth Management, Bank of America, CBS2, Ciroc vodka, Johnny Walker scotch, Don Julio tequila, Frownies, Wells Fargo, House & Garden, Guthy-Renker, Palm Desert National Bank, Windermere Real Estate and Artistic Contributor and the SAG Foundation.
Passes and Awards Gala tickets are now on sale for the 18th annual Palm Springs International Film Festival, scheduled from January 4-15, 2007. Join us as the Festival plays host to a fabulous array of movies and movie stars. A spectacular event, the Festival has a line up of more than 230 films from 65 countries, seminars, special events and Gala receptions. To order passes call us at 760-322-2930 or 800-898-7256 or click here.