“Steve Jobs” screenwriter and Oscar contender Aaron Sorkin will receive the 2015 Achievement in Film and Television Award from L.A.’s Israel Film Festival later this month, giving he and opening night selection “Baba Joon,” Israel’s Oscar submission, an opportunity to curry favor in the awards race. And in this ultra-competitive season, even the smallest edge helps.
The 29th edition of the festival, which runs from Oct. 28 to Nov. 19, will showcase more than 30 new Israeli productions, including narrative features, documentaries, TV series, and shorts. Past IFF honorees include Martin landau, Richard Dreyfuss, and Bob Balaban.
In addition to aiding Sorkin’s cause, as he looks to follow up his Adapted Screenplay win for “The Social Network” with another for “Steve Jobs,” the opening night attention may provide a boost to “Baba Joon.” The film, which recently won five Ophir Awards, including Best Film, from the Israeli Academy of Film and Television, stars Navid Negahban (“Homeland”) as Yitzhak, an Iranian immigrant in Israel who hopes his independent-minded teenage son, Moti (Asher Avrahami), will take an interest in the family turkey farm. The Opening Night Gala will be held at the Steve Tisch Cinema Center at the Saban Theatre in Beverly Hills on Oct. 28.