Israel fest to honor trio

More than 30 films will screen at the event

Danny DeVito, Irwin Winkler and Edward Zwick will be honored at the 23rd Israel Film Festival's opening night gala on Oct. 29 at the Ziegfeld Theatre in New York, which will also feature the U.S. premiere of Reshef Levy's "Lost Islands" as the opening night film. DeVito is set to receive the fest's Lifetime Visionary Award, Winkler will be presented a Lifetime Achievement Award and Zwick will be recognized for Outstanding Achievement in Film.

The fest, which runs Oct. 29-Nov. 13, will screen more than 30 films at Clearview's 62nd & Broadway Cinema, said Meir Fenigstein, fest founder and exec director.

The co-chairs of the 2008 festival are Amy Pascal, co-chairman, Sony Pictures Entertainment and chairman, Sony Pictures Entertainment Motion Picture Group, and Arnon Milchan, owner/founder, Regency Enterprises.

Narrative features in the lineup include: Eli Cohen's "Altalena"; Assaf Bernstein's "The Debt"; Ori Ravid's "Eli & Ben"; Marco Carmel's "Father's Footsteps"; Jonathan Paz's "The Galilee Eskimos"; Lynn Roth's "The Little Traitor"; Levy's "Lost Islands"; Igal Burstyn's "Out of the Blue"; Amos Kollek's "Restless"; Avi Nesher's "The Secrets"; and Erez Tadmor & Guy Netiv's "Strangers."

Feature-length documentaries include: Ran Tal's "Children of the Sun"; Simon Hasera's "Ben Gurion Remembers"; Tomer Heymann and Barak Heymann's "Bridge Over the Wadi"; Barak Heymann's "Dancing Alfonso"; Tomer Heymann's "Out of Focus"; Tomer Heymann's "It Kinda Scares Me"; Yael Katzir's "Praying in her Own Voice"; Oded Lotan's "The Quest of the Missing Piece"; Joel Silberg's "The True Story of Palestine"; Ari Davidovich's "Waiting for Godik"; and Boaz Shahak's "You Never Know."