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Jonah Hill to Receive the Israel Film Festival's Achievement in Film Award

The festival kicks off March 15 at Paramount Studios with Yossi Madmoni's "Restoration" as its opening night film.

Michael De Luca, "Moneyball"
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Jonah Hill will be honored with the 2012 IFF Achievement in Film Award at the 26th Awards Gala of the Israel Film Festival, which will be held March 15 at Paramount Studios in Hollywood.

Yossi Madmoni’s Restoration also will screen that night as the festival’s opening night film. The film stars Sasson Gabai as an older man trying to keep his antique restoration workshop open and was nominated for 11 Ophir Israeli Awards, was named best film at Jerusalem Film Festival and won the Screenwriting Prize at the Sundance Film Festival.

The festival, which runs through March 29 at the Laemmle Music Hall in Beverly Hills and the Laemmle Fallbrook in the San Fernando Valley, will showcase more than 30 new Israeli films.

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Hill, nominated for a best supporting actor Academy Award for his work in Moneyball, will next be seen in Sony’s 21 Jump Street, opening March 16.

“We are very pleased to honor such a dynamic and multi-faceted talent like Jonah Hill,” Festival founder and executive director Meir Fenigstein said.  “We are excited to present the IFF Achievement in Film Award for his remarkable accomplishments and his support for Israeli filmmaking.”