A shalom to ‘Borat’

Israel Film Festival honors trio

HOLLYWOOD — The Israel Film Festival turned on the star power last week with an opening-night dinner honoring Sacha Baron Cohen, Sony’s Amy Pascal and Israeli thesp Gila Almagor at the BevHilton.

Crowd eagerly awaited the appearance of Baron Cohen, who received March 6 evening’s final award. Dustin Hoffman presented the “Borat” star with the achievement in film kudo, a newly created one, telling the aud that his agent put the two together when the British comic, then starring in “Da Ali G Show,” was seeking an invitation to a Passover seder.

“And the wandering Jew of Hollywood would wander no more,” Hoffman said.

Hoffman said he would love to work with Baron Cohen on a film, but he doesn’t do nudity — thereby paving the way for the comic to reprise his Golden Globes riff about co-star Ken Davitian with Hoffman.

The comic, who shies away from appearing out of character, seemed genuinely touched by the kudo, calling it a “fantastic honor,” before assuring attendees that the award would be “the centerpiece of my mantel — right behind my Golden Globe.”

And he further delighted the crowd by channeling Borat in Hebrew, telling them to stop bugging him and giving him awards.