The Israel Film Festival, the largest showcase of Israeli films in the country, will make its Los Angeles stop May 28-June 8.
Fest’s 19th edition, originally skedded to roll out in early April, was postponed due to war anxiety among the Israeli filmmakers skedded to visit the U.S. to discuss and promote their films (Daily Variety, April 3).
Karen Margalit’s “All I Got” will open the fest. Pic centers on a woman who, nearing the end of a full life, has a choice of being restored to youth and reuniting with her past lover in the afterlife, or remaining old with her husband and family. Set to bow at the opening-night gala at the Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences’ Samuel Goldwyn Theater, pic is the first in IFF’s “Reflections of Women” series focusing on the work of Israeli female filmmakers.
Larry King, Laura Ziskin and Israeli filmmaker Erez Laufer will be feted opening night. King will receive the Humanitarian Award; Ziskin, the Visionary Award; and Laufer the Cinematic Award.
The annual four-city event, which will unspool 33 new films, opened Thursday in Chicago, to be followed by stops in L.A. (at Laemmle’s Fairfax Theaters and Town Center 5 in Encino), New York and Miami.
For more information, go to www.israelfilmfestival.com.