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Palm Springs International Film Awards Presents Sarah Polley with Director of the Year Honor

PALM SPRINGS – The Palm Springs International Film Awards have announced that Sarah Polley is the recipient of the award for Director of the Year, for women who talk. The Film Awards will take place in person on January 5, 2023 at the Palm Springs Convention Center, with the festival continuing through January 16, 2023.

Colin Farrell (photo courtesy of Matt Easton)

Earlier this week, the Palm Springs International Film Awards announced Colin Farrell as the recipient of the Desert Palm Achievement Award, Actor for his performance in The Banshees of Inisherin.

“Colin Farrell reunites with Brendan Gleeson and director Martin McDonagh in the masterful comedy The Banshees of Inisherin. Farrell gives a memorable performance as Pádraic, a gentle-souled Irish farmer who tries to save his lifelong friendship,” said Festival President Harold Matzner said, “For this career-best performance, we are honored to present the Desert Palm Achievement Award, Actor to Colin Farrell.”

“Sarah Polley continues her exceptional work as a writer and director in her latest film Women Talking. She assembles a stellar cast in her adaptation of Miriam Toews’ book, taking us on a cinematic journey filled with raw emotion and performance” “We are honored to present Sarah Polley with the Female Director of the Year award,” Matzner said.

Past recipients of the Director of the Year award include Jeanne Campion (The Power of the Dog), Alejandro G. Iñárritu (Babel, Birdman), Steve McQueen (12 Years a Slave), Alexander Payne (Sideways), Jason Reitman (Up in the Air), David O. Russell (The Fighter ), Quentin Tarantino (Once Upon a Time in Hollywood) and Chloé Zhao (Nomadland) all of which received Best Director Oscar nominations. Campion, Iñárritu and Zhao received an Academy Award for Best Director for their films.

Based on the bestselling novel by Miriam Toews, women who talk follows a group of women in an isolated religious colony as they struggle to reconcile their faith with a series of sexual assaults by the men of the colony. The film stars Rooney Mara, Claire Foy, Jessie Buckley, Judith Ivey, Sheila McCarthy, Michelle McLeod, Kate Hallett, Liv McNeil, August Winter with Ben Whishaw and Frances McDormand. The film is written and directed by Sarah Polley.

Sarah Polley received an Oscar® nomination for Best Adapted Screenplay for her directorial debut- away from herbased on the new “The Bear Came Over the Mountain” by Alice Munro. This film also earned a Best Actress Oscar nomination for star Julie Christie. His next movie take this waltz with Michelle Williams, Seth Rogen and Sarah Silverman. Stories we tell, his documentary which examines the secrets and memories of his own family, won Best Documentary Film from the Los Angeles Film Critics Association, the National Board of Review and the New York Film Critics Circle, as well as a the Writer’s Guild of America for his screenplay. The Polley executive produced and wrote the Netflix limited series Alias, Grace, which she adapted from Margaret Atwood’s novel.

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