The full lineup and schedule will be announced in the coming days and will be available on the festival website.
From May 5-26, 2022, the 35th edition of the Israel Film Festival in Los Angeles will kick off a hybrid in-person and online festival.
The event will open with the premiere of Avi Nesher’s Image of Victory, which was nominated for the 15th Israeli Academy Ophir Awards last year.
The film festival will honour acclaimed actor, director, producer and author Henry Winkler with the 2022 IFF Career Achievement Award, real estate and philanthropist David Wiener with the 2022 IFF Humanitarian Award, and Ehud Bleiberg, producer of Image of Victory, will receive the 2022 IFF Cinematic Achievement Award.
Winkler and Wiener will be honoured on April 29 during the festival’s annual sponsor luncheon at the Four Seasons in Beverly Hills, while Bleiberg will receive his award during the opening night gala.
Meir Fenigstein, Founder and Executive Director of Israel Film Festival, said: “Henry Winkler is an exceptional artist that has used his talents both in front of and behind the camera to entertain audiences around the world. His life and body of work is a benchmark that others aspire to for a career. David Wiener’s international philanthropic endeavours and support of the state of Israel is unparalleled, while Ehud Bleiberg has created an indelible mark as one of Israel’s best and most prolific producers The Israel Film Festival sponsors, who are the very core of the festival’s support, are thrilled to recognize these outstanding gentlemen.”
Image of Victory, considered Israel’s largest budgeted film to date, is inspired by true events in 1948. Hassanin, an Egyptian filmmaker, is tasked with documenting a raid on the isolated Kibbutz Nitzanim. When the kibbutz learns of the pending attack, Mira, a young but valiant mother, is forced to reckon with the true cost of war and make an impossible choice. It won three Ophir Awards in the fall, for cinematography, costumes and makeup.
Tickets for the 35th IFF will be available beginning April 20, 2022.