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Javier Bardem to be honored at PSIFF Awards Gala
2011 Palm Springs Int'l Film Festival


PALM SPRINGS, CA (November 3, 2010) – The 22nd annual Palm Springs International Film Festival (PSIFF) will present Academy Award winner Javier Bardem with the International Star Award at its Awards Gala. 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 International Star Award recognizes an actor or actress who has both critically and commercially made the successful cross over from foreign-language films to mainstream international recognition. Bardem will join previously announced honorees Jennifer Lawrence and Carey Mulligan. The Festival runs January 6-17.

“Mesmerizing is a word that describes the cinematic works of Academy Award winning actor Javier Bardem,” said Film Festival chairman Harold Matzner. “Having honed his skills in a family of film actors, Bardem brings a stinging intensity to his performances. He riveted audiences with his portrayal in No Country for Old Men and continues to raise the bar in his latest film, Biutiful. Javier Bardem now ranks among the cinematic elite. The Palm Springs International Film Festival is proud to present the 2011 International Star Award to Javier Bardem.”

As a critically acclaimed actor, audiences worldwide have enjoyed Javier Bardem's diverse performances over the years. In 2008, Bardem received the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor for No Country for Old Men. His unforgettable portrayal of the chilling sociopath killer, Anton Chigurh, also won him a Golden Globe Award, a Screen Actors Guild Award and BAFTA for Best Supporting Actor, as well as countless film critic awards and nominations.

Most recently, Bardem won Best Actor at the 2010 Cannes film festival for his performance in Alejandro González Iñárritu's highly-acclaimed Biutiful. The film screened at the 2010 Telluride Film Festival and Toronto International Film Festival, and will be released on Dec. 29. Also this year Bardem starred opposite Julia Roberts in Sony's Eat, Pray, Love based on the New York Times best seller by Elizabeth Gilbert. He is currently in production on the Untitled Terrence Malick film.

Bardem was also nominated for an Academy Award as Best Actor for his portrayal of the Cuban poet and dissident Reinaldo Arenas, in Julian Schnabel's Before Night Falls. He was named Best Actor at the Venice Film Festival for this role, and received Best Actor honors from the National Society of Film Critics, the Independent Spirit Awards and the National Board of Review, as well as a Golden Globe nomination. Javier has won Spain's equivalent of the Oscar, The Goya Award, four times and has received a total of seven nominations.

Other notable film credits include Woody Allen's Vicky Cristina Barcelona where he was once again nominated for a Golden Globe and Independent Spirit Award; John Malkovich's directorial debut The Dancer Upstairs; Fernando León de Aranoa's Mondays In The Sun, which was named best film at the San Sebastian film festival; Michael Mann's Collateral; Mike Newell's Love In The Time of Cholera and opposite Natalie Portman in Milos Forman’s Goya's Ghosts.

As Spain's most internationally acclaimed filmmaker, Pedro Almodóvar gave Bardem a small role in his film High Heels, which sparked future collaborations including a starring role in Jamon Jamon, and Live Flesh. Bardem's other film credits include Bigas Luna's Golden Balls, Dias Contados for which he won Best Actor at the San Sebastian Film Festival, Mouth to Mouth, Ecstasy, Dance with the Devil, Washington Wolves and Second Skin.

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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