The Palm Springs International Film Festival will present Nicole Kidman with the International Star Award for her performance in “Lion” at its Film Awards Gala on Jan. 2 at the Palm Springs Convention Center.

“One of the world’s most luminous and versatile actresses, Nicole Kidman has filled so many unforgettable roles including her performances in ‘The Hours,’ ‘Moulin Rouge!,’ ‘Cold Mountain,’ ‘Rabbit Hole’ and dozens more,” said festival chairman Harold Matzner. ‘In her latest film, ‘Lion,’ she gives yet another award-worthy performance as Sue Brierley, an Australian woman who adopts two young boys from India.”

Kidman received the festival’s Chairman’s Award in 2005. Past International Star Award honorees include Javier Bardem, Helen Mirren, and Saoirse Ronan.
“Lion” follows the story of a five-year-old Indian boy who gets lost on a train traveling away from his home and ends up thousands of miles away. He survives living on the streets before being adopted by an Australian couple (played by Kidman and David Wenham), and finds love and security as he grows up in Hobart. As an adult, he sets out to find his lost family and finally return to his first home.

The film is based on the book “A Long Way Home” by Saroo Brierley and directed by Garth Davis. Dev Patel plays the adult Brierley and Sunny Pawar plays the young boy.

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