Mirren most recently starred as Maria Altmann in “Woman in Gold,” which will screen as part of the festival. She will next be seenin “Eye in the Sky” and as Hedda Hopper in Bryan Cranston’s “Trumbo.”
She received an Academy Award, Golden Globe, SAG Award and Bafta Award for her portrayal of Queen Elizabeth II in 2006 for “The Queen.” She won a Tony this year for reprising her role as the British monarch in “The Audience.”
“We are very proud to honor such an extraordinary talent as Helen Mirren whose work inspires and emotionally moves millions of filmgoers around the world,” said Meir Fenigstein, founder and executive director of IsraFest Foundation.
Aaron Sorkin has been announced as the recipient of the festival’s achievement in film and television award. “Baba Joon,” Israel’s entry to the 2016 Academy Awards for Best Foreign Language Film, will be the opening night film.