The 22nd Annual Palm Springs International Film Festival (PSIFF) will present Academy Award winner Michael Douglas with the Icon Award on Jan. 13, 2011, followed by a screening of “Solitary Man.” The Icon Award honors a creative talent who, through the course of his or her career, has created a body of work which symbolizes the highest level of achievement in the motion picture art form.
Festival Director Darryl Macdonald said, “We’re thrilled to have the opportunity to honor Michael Douglas at a time when both his creative prowess and his contributions to World cinema have never been more evident – or more deserving of celebration. Simply put, he’s an American treasure.”
The Festival will devote an evening to the Oscar® winning actor and producer, as part of its Talking Pictures: The Contenders Series, which focuses on the films and the actors that are emerging among the front-runners leading up to the Academy Award nominations. The tribute will include the presentation of its Icon Award, a selection of clips from his films, an on-stage conversation with Douglas and Variety’s Peter Bart and a screening of “Solitary Man.” In the film, Douglas stars as a car magnate who watches his personal and professional life spin out of control because he cannot control his own appetites in this wry seriocomedy from directors Brian Koppelman and David Levien. The film also stars Susan Sarandon, Jenna Fisher, Mary-Louise Parker, Jesse Eisenberg and Danny Devito.
Michael Douglas is an actor with over 35 years of experience in the theatre, film and television. This year, Douglas also starred in “Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps,” for which he is nominated for a Golden Globe. Douglas is a United Nations Messenger of Peace focusing on nuclear proliferation and small arms control.
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.
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