Helen Mirren takes center stage once more at this year’s 2015 Israeli Film Festival, where she’ll be honored with the IFF Career Achievement Award. She joins fellow honoree Aaron Sorkin, whose quest for a second Oscar for adapted screenplay—this time for the well-reviewed “Steve Jobs”—will also pass through IFF. The festival’s opening night selection is Yuval Deshad’s “Baba Joon,” Israel’s official foreign Oscar pick, as its opening movie.
Mirren most recently starred as Maria Altmann in Simon Curtis’ “Woman in Gold,” which the Weinstein Co. is pushing for Oscar contention, has a fierce turn as Hedda Hopper in Jay Roach’s upcoming “Trumbo” and also stars in Gavin Hood’s Brit thriller “Eye in the Sky.”
The 29th Israeli Film Festival runs from Oct. 28 through Nov. 19.