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Palm Springs International Film Awards to Present Jane Campion With The Director Of The Year Award

Today the Palm Springs International Film Festival announced that Jane Campion will receive the Director of the Year Award at their Film Awards. The event will return in-person on Thursday, January 6, 2022 at the Palm Springs Convention Center

Festival Chairman Harold Matzne stated, “Jane Campion has once again created a cinematic masterpiece with her latest film The Power of the Dog (Joey’s rave review is here). 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”.

In The Power of the Dog, charismatic rancher Phil Burbank inspires fear and awe in those around him. When his brother brings home a new wife and her son, Phil torments them until he finds himself exposed to the possibility of love. The Netflix film is written, produced and directed by Campion stars Benedict Cumberbatch, Kirsten Dunst, Jesse Plemons and Kodi Smit-McPhee.

Campion was awarded the Silver Lion for directing at the Venice International Film Festival. See-Saw Films, Bad Girl Creek and Max Films production in association with Brightstar, The New Zealand Film Commission, Cross City Films and BBC Film, The Power of the Dog is produced by Jane Campion, Tanya Seghatchian, Emile Sherman, Iain Canning and Roger Frappier. 

The film is now in theaters and will be released on Netflix December 1st.


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Written by Caillou Pettis

Caillou Pettis is a professional film critic and has been writing about film for several years across various different publications. Ever since the age of nine, film and the art of filmmaking have been his number one passion. When hes

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