‘Women’ initiating Israeli fest in L.A.

:The U.S. preem of “Women” from Oscar-winning helmer Moshe Mizrahi will open the Israel Film Festival on Dec. 10 at the Academy’s Samuel Goldwyn Theater.

The pic will be part of a tribute to Mizrahi and Israeli thesp Michal Bat-Adam, both of whom are expected to show.

The festival, which its organizers said is celebrating its “Bar Mitzvah” 13th year, will feature 18 additional features and documentaries running through Dec. 24 in Santa Monica.

“Women” is about a romantic triangle among a renowned rabbi, his wife and a young woman, set in the Jerusalem Sephardic community 100 years ago.

Also set for the fest is Ari Folman’s and Ori Sivan’s “Saint Clara,” which is Israel’s official entry into the Academy’s foreign-language competition.

Other notable pics set for the fest include Arnon Zadok’s “White Night,” which won the Cannes Film Festival Young Jury Award in 1996; the documentary “Underdogs: A War Movie,” directed by Doron Tsabari and Rino Tzror; and “Yasmine,” an Israeli-Palestinian co-production directed by Nizar Hassan.

Producer Arnon Milchan is the festival’s honorary chairman. Co-chairs include David Geffen, Arthur Hiller, Sherry Lansing, Ron Meyer, Michael Ovitz, Sumner Redstone, Joe Roth, Haim Saban, Terry Semel, Ted Turner and Jack Valenti.

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