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Director Clint Eastwood accepts his award from Arnold Schwarzenegger at Museum of Tolerance International Film Festival Gala

15 November 2010

British writer-director Joshua Newton's thriller Iron Cross was honored Sunday night in Los Angeles with one of two awards given by the Museum of Tolerance International Film Festival.

At a gala awards reception at the Museum with California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger and Rabbi Marvin Hier, Dean and Founder of the Museum and the Simon Wiesenthal Center, Joshua Newton and Kevin Farr were honored with the Festival's special Remembrance Award for "Iron Cross" and Clint Eastwood was honored for his body of work "encouraging tolerance, justice and human rights."
Written and directed by Joshua Newton, who also produced it with Kevin Farr for Calibra Pictures, the Holocaust theme film stars Roy Scheider in his last performance and Alexander Newton as the young version of Scheider's character.

"All of us at the Museum of Tolerance are delighted to present the Remembrance Award to Joshua Newton and Kevin Farr for their memorable movie 'Iron Cross,'" Rabbi Hier told an audience including Hollywood stars and film executives. "I believe 'Iron Cross' is the most important film since ‘Schindler's List.'"

Iron Cross will be screened Nov. 18 as the Closing Night film at the Festival.

The MOTIFF awards came on the heels of "Iron Cross's" success in late September at the Boston Film Festival where Joshua Newton received the Festival's Visionary Filmmaker Award and his 18-year old son Alexander Newton was voted Best Young Actor.

In Iron Cross Scheider plays Joseph, a retired New York police officer and Holocaust survivor who travels to Nuremberg after his wife's death to reconcile with his son. Their reunion is quickly overshadowed by Joseph's insistence that living in the upstairs apartment under a false name is the now aging SS Commander who murdered Joseph's entire family during World War II. Haunted by that memory for most of his life, Joseph now draws his reluctant son into a plan to exact justice and vengeance.

The international films screened by MOTIFF from Nov. 13-18 all focus on human rights issues past and present. Along with classic films advancing the Museum's mission of building tolerance, the Festival offers moviegoers six days of education, understanding and culture.

The Museum of Tolerance, which is the educational arm of the Simon Wiesenthal Center, was founded in 1993 and hosts about 500,000 visitors annually. It challenges visitors to confront bigotry and racism and to understand the Holocaust in historic and contemporary contexts. Following the Museum's success in Los Angeles, the Wiesenthal Center opened its Museum of Tolerance New York in midtown Manhattan.