To celebrate the 25th anniversary of the Israel Film Festival, organizer began its milestone year with a VIP Reception in the Edwardian Room of the Plaza Hotel, followed by an awards ceremony at the Paris Theatre.
The Opening Night film is the New York premiere of Nir Bergman's acclaimed picture "Intimate Grammar," which recently won the Best Feature Film Award from the Jerusalem International Film Festival as well as the Sakura Grand Prix from the Tokyo International Film Festival.
Encompassing over 30 titles, including award-winning features, documentaries and television programs, the Festival opened Thursday, May 5 at Paris Theatre, and continues through May 19, at the AMC Loews 84th Street 6 (2310 Broadway).
Here's a look at the opening of the festival:
The 2011 Israel Film Festival Honors Liev Shreiber, Stanley Donen and Micha Shagrir