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U2 to Receive the Sonny Bono Visionary Award
12/30/2013
2014 Palm Springs International Film Festival
2014 Palm Springs International Film Festival Awards Gala

U2 TO RECEIVE THE
SONNY BONO VISIONARY AWARD AT THE
25th ANNUAL PALM SPRINGS INTERNATIONAL
FILM FESTIVAL AWARDS GALA


Palm Springs, CA (December 30, 2013) – The 25th annual Palm Springs International Film Festival (PSIFF) will present U2 with the Sonny Bono Visionary Award at its annual AwardsGala.  The Gala will also present awards to previously announced honorees Sandra Bullock, Bruce Dern, Tom Hanks, Matthew McConaughey, Steve McQueen, Thomas Newman, Lupita Nyong’o, Julia Roberts, Meryl Streep and the cast of American Hustle.  Presented by Cartier and hosted by Mary Hart, the Awards Gala will be held Saturday, January 4 at the Palm Springs Convention Center.  The Festival runs January 3-13, 2014.


“We normally present the Sonny Bono Visionary Award to a director, but for our 25th anniversary we wanted to take the occasion to celebrate U2, a visionary group and the world’s premier rock band, for their unparalleled humanitarian work against extreme poverty, disease, and social injustice,” said Festival Chairman Harold Matzner.  “Their latest song ‘Ordinary Love’ from the film Mandela: Long Walk To Freedom is an ode to Nelson Mandela, who had such a powerful impact on our world, and a man whom the band worked with in the fight against HIV/AIDS in Africa.  The Palm Springs International Film Festival is honored to present the 2014 Sonny Bono Visionary Award to U2.”


Mandela: Long Walk To Freedom chronicles the inspirational life of Nelson Mandela as an international icon and one of the world’s most revered leaders.  The Weinstein Company film is directed by Justin Chadwick and adapted by Academy Award® nominated screenwriter William Nicholson, the film spans Mandela’s exceptional life journey from his early years as a herd boy in South Africa’s rural Cape region, to his days as a lawyer and Apartheid resistance leader, and on to his twenty-seven years spent in Robben Island prison before becoming the nation’s first democratically elected President. Acclaimed actor Idris Elba stars, with Naomie Harris playing the role of his wife Winnie Mandela, with whom he shared a passionate and troubled love affair that endured over decades. A stellar South African supporting cast is headlined by Tony Kgoroge, Riaad Moosa, Fana Mokoena, Jamie Bartlett, Deon Lotz, Simo Mogwaza, Terry Pheto, Thapelo Mokoena, and Praise Singer and Poet of the Nation, Zolani Mkiva.


The song “Ordinary Love” from the film was nominated for a Golden Globe Award in the Best Original Song category for a Motion Picture, as well as a nominee for Best Song from the Broadcast Film Critics Association’s Critics Choice Movie Awards.


U2 was a previous Oscar nominee for “The Hands That Built America” from the Gangs of New York.  U2 band members include Bono, The Edge, Adam Clayton and Larry Mullen, Jr.


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 annually 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, Bradley Cooper, George Clooney, Daniel Day-Lewis, Leonardo DiCaprio, Clint Eastwood, Ron Howard, Helen Mirren, Sean Penn, Brad Pitt, Natalie Portman, Charlize Theron and Kate Winslet.


The Awards Gala of the 25th annual Palm Springs International Film Festival is presented by Cartier and sponsored by Mercedes Benz and Entertainment Tonight. The City of Palm Springs is the Title Sponsor of the Film Festival. Presenting Sponsors are Wells Fargo, The Desert Sun and Spencer’s. Major sponsors are AARP, Agua Caliente Band of Cahuilla Indians, Wessman Development, Bank of America, Wintec, Regal Entertainment Group, Windermere Real Estate, Eisenhower Medical Center, Guthy-Renker, Integrated Wealth Management, VisitGreaterPalmSprings.com, Ocean Properties, Panavision, Chihuly and Telefilm Canada.


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


Contacts
Steven Wilson / Lauren Peteroy
B|W|R Public Relations
212-901-3920
steven.wilson@bwr-pr.com / lauren.peteroy@bwr-pr.com


David Lee
Palm Springs International Film Festival
760.322.2930
david@psfilmfest.org