Sherry Lansing to Receive Israel Film Festival's Lifetime Achievement Award

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The festival, which runs from April 18 to May 2, will open with Benny Torati's "Ballad of the Weeping Spring."

Sherry Lansing will be honored with the 2013 IFF Lifetime Achievement Award at the 27th Opening Night Gala of the Israel Film Festival on April 18 at the Writers Guild Theater in Beverly Hills, California.

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Lansing, who became the first woman to head a major film studio when she was appointed president of 20th Century Fox and who subsequently served as chairman and CEO of Paramount Pictures for more than 12 years, is the founder and CEO of the Sherry Lansing Foundation, a nonprofit organization dedicated to cancer research, health, public education, and encore career opportunities.

"It is such an honor for us to present Sherry Lansing with the IFF Lifetime Achievement Award," festival founder and executive director Meir Fenigstein said. "In Hollywood her leadership and accomplishments are unsurpassed. She is truly a great leader and continues to have a huge impact both personally and philanthropically on everyone’s life she touches."

Benny Torati’s Ballad of the Weeping Spring will serve as opening night film at the festival, which runs from April 18 through May 2 and will showcase more than 30 new Israeli films, which will screen at the Laemmle Music Hall in Beverly Hills and the Laemmle Town Center in Encino.

A stylized homage to spaghetti Westerns and samurai epics, shot entirely in Israel but set in a mythical time and place, the film stars Uri Gavriel as a man reuniting with his musician buddies. It was nominated for nine Ophir Awards by the Israeli Film Academy and won for best original music, best original soundtrack, best production design and best costume design.

In the last two and a half decades, the festival, produced by the non-profit IsraFest Foundation, has presented more than 800 feature films, documentaries, television dramas, animation and short films to more 900,000 filmgoers and brought hundreds of Israeli filmmakers to the U.S.