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Palm Springs Film Festival: Jane Campion Joins Penélope Cruz And Kristen Stewart On Honors List

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UPDATED with latest winner: The Palm Springs International Film Awards said Wednesday that The Power of the Dog director Jane Campion will receive the Director of the Year Award on January 6 at the annual gala to kick off the Palm Springs Film Festival.

Campion joins previously announced recipients including Penélope Cruz, currently reteaming with Pedro Almodóvar in Parallel Mothers, who will receive the International Star Award, Actress honor. Kristen Stewart, who stars as Princess Diana in Pablo Larraín’s Spencer, will receive the Spotlight Award, Actress.

More honors will be announced throughout the season.

The fest is returning to an in-person event after the pandemic waylaid the festival and gala in 2021 (the annual awards were handed out, but the festival was canceled). PSIFF 2022 is set to run January 6-22, with the awards ceremony to take place at the Palm Springs Convention Center honoring the year’s best in film.

Chloé Zhao won the Director honor last season for Nomadland, on her way to winning the Best Director Oscar.

“Jane Campion has once again created a cinematic masterpiece with her latest film The Power of the Dog. This psychological drama set against a Western backdrop, brings to life Thomas Savage’s novel with stellar work from an ensemble cast led by Benedict Cumberbatch,” said festival chairman Harold Matzner on Wednesday. “For this bold achievement, it is our honor to present Jane Campion with the Director of the Year Award.”

Below is a running list of Palm Springs winners. Keep checking back as it’s updated:

Director of the Year: Jane Campion, The Power of the Dog
International Star Award, Actress: Penélope Cruz, Parallel Mothers
Spotlight Award, Actress: Kristen Stewart, Spencer

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