Helen Mirren To Receive Career Achievement Award At Israel Film Festival
Posted: Friday, October 16, 2015 – 5:08 PM
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 Wednesday, Oct. 28 at the Steve Tisch Cinema Center at the Saban Theatre, 8440 Wilshire Blvd.
Mirren has won international recognition for her work on stage, television and 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. 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 TV credits include: Phil Spector (won a SAG Award), Prime Suspect (won two Emmy Awards and three BAFTA Awards), and Elizabeth I (won an Emmy Award, a Golden Globe, and SAG Award).
Her TV credits include: Phil Spector (won a SAG Award), Prime Suspect (won two Emmy Awards and three BAFTA Awards), and Elizabeth I (won an Emmy Award, a Golden Globe, and SAG Award).
“We are 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/executive director of IsraFest Foundation, Inc.
Mirren joins previously announced honoree Aaron Sorkin who will receive 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. The festival runs through Thursday, Nov. 19.
For nearly three decades, the festival has presented more than 900 feature films, documentaries, TV dramas and short films to 950,000 filmgoers and brought hundreds of Israeli filmmakers to the U.S. to share their art.
The festival is produced by IsraFest Foundation, Inc., a non-profit organization created in 1982. The Courier is among the festival sponsors.