Opening Night Gala - Wednesday, June 3, 2009 - 7:30 PM
The Egyptian Theatre - 6712 Hollywood Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90028
Join dignitaries, celebrities and sponsors at the Festival’s most glamorous event honoring John Fishel, President of The Jewish Federation of Greater Los Angeles, with the 2009 IFF Humanitarian Award, Robert Lantos, prolific Hollywood producer, with the 2009 IFF Lifetime Visionary Award, Branko Lustig, two time Academy Award winning producer, with the 2009 IFF Lifetime Achievement Award recipient, and Grammy Award winning songwriter, Diane Warren, with the 2009 IFF Visionary Award.Branko Lustig
2009 IFF Lifetime Achievement Award
Born in 1932 to a Croatian-Jewish family, Lustig was imprisoned for three years in Auschwitz and Bergen-Belsen during WWII. He began his film career in 1955 working on films like Fiddler on the Roof and The Tin Drum before landing a job on Meryl Streep's unforgettable Sophie's Choice. He received his first Oscar for Best Picture in 1993 for Schindler's List and his second for Gladiator in 2000. Lustig's films include The Peacemaker, Hannibal, Black Hawk Down, Kingdom of Heaven, and American Gangster. He recently received an honorary doctorate from the University of Zagreb and teaches film production at the Academy of Dramatic Art.
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