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Carey Mulligan to be honored at PSIFF Awards Gala
2011 Palm Springs Int'l Film Festival


PALM SPRINGS, CA (October 19, 2010) – The 22nd annual Palm Springs International Film Festival (PSIFF) will present Academy Award nominee Carey Mulligan with the Breakthrough Performance Award for her work in the currently released drama Never Let Me Go and Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps. Presented by Cartier, the Awards Gala will kick off the 2011 awards season on Saturday, January 8 at the Palm Springs Convention Center and will be hosted by “Entertainment Tonight’s” Mary Hart. The Festival runs January 6-17.

“Carey Mulligan is an actress of extraordinary talent and versatility,” said Film Festival Chairman Harold Matzner. “In her most recent performances as the estranged daughter of Gordon Gekko in Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps to Never Let Me Go, where her character learns that life isn’t always what it seems, she brings uncommon vision and depth to her art. It is a great honor for the Palm Springs International Film Festival to present her with the 2010 Breakthrough Performance Award.”

Past recipients of the Breakthrough Performance Award include Marion Cotillard, Jennifer Hudson, Felicity Huffman, Freida Pinto, Jeremy Renner and Mariah Carey.

Carey Mulligan burst onto the scene as Jenny in Lone Sherfig’s An Education, for which she received an Oscar nomination for Best Actress. Her other film credits include Jim Sheridan’s Brothers, opposite Jake Gyllenhaal; Michael Mann’s Public Enemies, with Johnny Depp; and Shana Feste’s The Greatest, starring with Pierce Brosnan and Susan Sarandon. She began her film career in Anand Tucker’s And When Did You Last See Your Father? and Joe Wright’s Pride and Prejudice.

Mulligan currently stars in Fox Searchlight’s Never Let Me Go and 20th Century Fox’s Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps. Never Let Me Go is directed by Mark Romanek and adapted by Alex Garland based on the acclaimed novel by Kazuo Ishiguro. In the film she plays Kathy, who, along with her friends, lives in a world and a time that feels familiar to us, but is not quite like anything we know. They spend their childhood at Hailsham, a seemingly idyllic English boarding school. When they leave the shelter of the school and the terrible truth of their fate is revealed, they must confront the deep feelings of love, jealousy and betrayal that threaten to pull them apart. The film also stars Andrew Garfield and Keira Knightley. Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps directed by Oliver Stone stars Michael Douglas, Shia LaBeouf and James Brolin.

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 130,000 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 Clint Eastwood, Kate Winslet, Brad Pitt, Cate Blanchett, Sean Penn, Leonardo DiCaprio, Ron Howard, Anne Hathaway, Jeff Bridges, Danny Elfman and many others.

The Festival’s 22nd Annual Awards Gala is presented by Cartier and sponsored by Mercedes Benz and Entertainment Tonight. 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, Spencer’s Restaurant and KPSP Local 2. Major Sponsors include Bank of America, Penfolds, Regal Entertainment, Diageo, Desert Regional Medical Center, Integrated Wealth Management, Wessman Development, Guthy-Renker, Wells Fargo, Chihuly Art Glass, and Ocean Properties Development.

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