The festival also announced that Yuval Delshad’s “Baba Joon,” Israeli’s Oscar submission for Best Foreign Film, has been selected as its opening movie.
Sorkin’s film credits include “A Few Good Men,” “The Social Network,” “Moneyball” and the upcoming “Steve Jobs.” His TV shows include “The West Wing,” “Sports Night,” “Studio 60 on the Sunset Strip” and “The Newsroom.”
“Baba Joon” won five Ophir Awards from the Israeli Academy of Film and Television, including Best Film. The pic is in Farsi and Hebrew, and is the first-ever Farsi-language movie to represent Israel. “Baba Joon” stars Iranian actor Navid Negahban (“Homeland”) in the story of familial conflict among three generations of Iranian Jewish men.
The festival, now in its 29th year, runs through Nov. 19 and includes over 30 new Israeli films.