Natalie Portman, Sharon Stone to Be Honored at Israel Film Festival

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Natalie Portman (left), Sharon Stone

The festival, which takes place in Los Angeles, will open with Emil Ben-Shimon's 'The Women's Balcony.'

Oscar-winning actress Natalie Portman will be honored with an Achievement in Film Award at the 2016 Israel Film Festival, which is set to run Nov. 9-23 in Los Angeles. Sharon Stone has been chosen to receive the fest’s Career Achievement Award, and Jay Sanderson will accept the fest’s Community Leadership Award on behalf of The Jewish Federation of Greater Los Angeles, where he serves as president and CEO.

The awards, which were announced Thursday by festival founder and executive director Meir Fenigstein and New Regency’s Arnon Milchan, who is the fest’s honorary chair, will be presented at the 30th Anniversary of the Israel Film Festival gala dinner, which will be held Nov. 9 at the Beverly Wilshire Hotel.

Festival screenings will take place at the Laemmle Ahrya Fine Arts in Beverly Hills and the Laemmle Town Center 5 in Encino. The opening-night film, Emil Ben-Shimon’s The Women’s Balcony, a U.S. premiere, will screen Nov. 10 at the Steve Tisch Cinema Center in the Saban Theatre in Beverly Hills. 

Narrative feature films that will screen during the course of the fest include Beyond the Mountains and Hills, The Last Band in Lebanon, One Week and a Day, Our Father, Sand Storm, Wounded Land and Amor.  The documentary lineup includes On the Map, the festival’s centerpiece event; Forever Pure; Presenting Princess Shaw; The Settlers; and Who’s Gonna Love Me Now.

Filmmakers from Israel, who will attend this year’s fest with their films, include Elite Zexer, director of Sand Storm; Asaph Polonsly, helmer of One Week and a Day; Meni Yaesh, director of Our Father; Maya Zinshtein, helmer of Forever Pure; Dani Menkin, director, and Nancy Spielberg, executive producer, of On the Map; Itizk Krichli, helmer and producer, and Elad Gavish, producer, of The Last Band in Lebanon; Raphael Rebibo, director of Amor; and Estee Mecklberg, producer of Sand Storm and A.K.A. Nadia.

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