During his visit, which will be co-sponsored by the Jerusalem, Tel Aviv and Haifa Cinematheques, Leigh will give a 3-day master class for Sam Spiegel students and graduates, receive an honorary degree from the school, hold audience meetings in Jerusalem and Haifa and give a lecture for Palestinian students in Jenin.
The director will also meet some 350 Israeli artists, including film producers, directors, screenwriters, actors and acting students, as part of a special event at the Tel Aviv Cinematheque hosted by actor Doron Tavori.
The Cameri Theater will also hold a meeting between Leigh and various theater figures during which parts of several of his plays will be performed. Israel's leading cinematheques will put together a Mike Leigh retrospective in the month of November.
Leigh, 67, has received six Oscar nominations throughout his career and has won the Cannes Film Festival Golden Palm award for "Secrets and Lies" (1996) and Best Director Award for "Naked" (1993). In the 2004 Venice Film Festival he was honored with the Golden Lion Award for "Vera Drake."
The director's new film "Another Year" will open in Israel in early December.
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