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Producer Jason Blum and Israeli director/screenwriter Avi Nesher will be honored and Nesher’s The Other Story will screen during the 32nd Israel Film Festival’s opening night gala on Nov. 6 at the Saban Theatre in Beverly Hills, it was announced Wednesday by the fest’s founder and executive director Meir Fenigstein and honorary chairman Arnon Milchan.
Blum, a two-time best picture Oscar nominee for Whiplash and Get Out and founder of Blumhouse Productions, will be presented with the 2018 IFF Achievement in Film and TV Award. Nesher, whose credits range from The Troupe and Dizengoff 99 to The Wonders and Past Life, will receive the 2018 IFF Cinematic Achievement Award. His latest film, The Other Story, stars Sasson Gabai as a psychologist who falls out with his granddaughter when she enters a Haredi community and looks at the divide between Israel’s secular Jews and the ultra-Orthodox.
“The Israel Film Festival in Los Angeles will celebrate and honor the outstanding artistic achievements of two amazingly accomplished and talented individuals, producer Jason Blum and director/screenwriter Avi Nesher, each of whom have reached audiences around the world with their award-winning and dynamic films,” Fenigstein said in announcing the honors.
The fest, which will screen more than 40 narrative feature films, documentaries and TV series, is set to run Nov. 6-20 at the Ahrya Fine Arts Theatre in Beverly Hills and the Laemmle Town Center 5 Theatre in Encino.
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