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ACADEMY AWARD WINNER HELEN MIRREN TO RECEIVE 2015 IFF CAREER ACHIEVEMENT AWARD AT OPENING NIGHT GALA OF THE 29th ISRAEL FILM FESTIVAL IN LOS ANGELES ON OCTOBER 28


 

THE FESTIVAL RUNS OCTOBER 28 - NOVEMBER 19

 

Academy Award®winning actress Helen Mirren will be honored with the 2015 IFF Career Achievement Award at the Opening Night Gala of the 29th ISRAEL FILM FESTIVAL taking place on Wednesday, October 28th at the Steve Tisch Cinema Center at the Saban Theatre in Beverly Hills.

Mirren has won international recognition for her work on stage, screen and television.

She most recently starred as Maria Altmann in Simon Curtis’ “Woman in Gold,” the remarkable true story of one woman's journey to reclaim her heritage and seek justice for what happened to her family during World War II. “Woman in Gold” will have a special screening presentation during the festival in honor of Mirren.  Upcoming films for Mirren include “Trumbo,” in which she portrays Hedda Hopper, and “Eye in the Sky.”

She received an Academy Award®, Golden Globe, Screen Actors Guild (SAG) Award®, and BAFTA Award for Best Actress for her portrayal of Queen Elizabeth II in 2006 for “The Queen.” Mirren was on Broadway earlier this year, reprising her role as Queen Elizabeth II in The Audience, for which she won a 2015 Tony Award.   

Other recent film credits for Mirren include “100 Foot Journey,” “Hitchcock,” “The Debt” and “The Last Station.”  Her television credits include: “Phil Spector” (won a SAG Award®), “Prime Suspect” (won 2 Emmy Awards and 3 BAFTA Awards), and “Elizabeth I” (won an Emmy Award, a Golden Globe, and SAG Award®).

 “We are very proud to honor such an extraordinary talent as Helen Mirren whose work inspires and emotionally moves millions of filmgoers around the world,” said Meir Fenigstein, Founder and Executive Director of IsraFest Foundation, Inc.

Helen Mirren joins previously announced honoree Aaron Sorkin who will be receiving the 2015 IFF Achievement in Film & Television Award at the Opening Night Gala. “Baba Joon,” Israel’s entry to the 2016 Academy Awards for Best Foreign Language Film and winner of the Israel Academy Ophir Award for Best Picture, will be the Opening Night film.

For nearly three decades, the Festival has presented over 900 feature films, documentaries, television dramas and short films to 950,000 filmgoers and brought hundreds of Israeli filmmakers to the U.S. to share their art.  The ISRAEL FILM FESTIVAL is produced by IsraFest Foundation, Inc., a non-profit organization created in 1982.  Among the Sponsors of the 29th ISRAELFILM FESTIVAL are long-time partners Israel Film Fund, The Hollywood Reporter, Rabinovitch Film Fund, Variety, The Jerusalem Film and TV Fund, Eclipse, Millennium Films, The IAC (Israeli American Council), The ATLS World Wide, Maurice Marciano Family Foundation, Diane & Guilford Glazer Foundation, Bank Leumi USA, Four Seasons Hotel, The Orlando, Clear Channel, New Regency Productions, Yvel, Menchie’s and the Israeli Consulate in Los Angeles, to name a few.