17 items from 2012
Returning to the acclaimed role that won him the Tribeca Film Festival's Best Actor award in Eytan Fox's Yossi & Jagger back in 2003, Israeli screen star Ohad Knoller gives yet another extraordinary performance as Yossi, a gay man living out a solitary existence in Tel Aviv. To celebrate the DVD release of Yossi (2012) on Monday 10 December, we're delighted to be able to offer our word cinema-savvy readers one of Three DVD copies of the film, courtesy of the dedicated team at UK Lgbt distributor Peccadillo Pictures This is an exclusive competition for our Facebook and Twitter fans, so if you haven't already, 'Like' us at facebook.com/CineVueUK or follow us @CineVue before answering the question below.
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Nearly a decade ago, the Israeli director Eytan Fox made Yossi & Jagger, a controversial movie about the gay love affair between two officers in the Israeli Defence Forces, one of whom – Jagger – is killed in Lebanon. In this quiet, admirably acted sequel, the still grieving survivor, Dr Yossi Hoffman (Ohad Knoller), is a 34-year-old, overweight, workaholic cardiologist in Tel Aviv with two embarrassingly solicitous colleagues (an amorous nurse and a skirt-chasing fellow surgeon) trying to draw him out of his solitude. By chance, a middle-aged patient turns out to be Jagger's still grieving mother, and in a delicately handled sequence Yossi is tempted to engage with her and her husband. One consequence is the father's invitation to inspect the lover's carefully preserved bedroom (a scene that inevitably echoes Brokeback Mountain).
Another is a drive down to Eilat for a lonely weekend during which he gives a lift to four soldiers »
- Philip French
It's been billed as Badlands meets Nuts In May, but what separates this English country killing spree from its influences is its finely tuned sense of humour, which owes more to Alan Partridge or Edgar Wright. That's the black icing on a cake that's already rich with satire, twisted romance and gruesome violence, as our caravanning couple carve a murderous swathe through our nation's more mundane tourist attractions. It makes you proud to be British.
Great Expectations (12A)
To be honest, expectations weren't that great for this lavish, handsome, star-stuffed but essentially orthodox Dickens adaptation. Despite the epic scope, the dense plot feels crammed in, and »
- Steve Rose
Eytan Fox directs a moving followup to his drama about an Israeli commander whose gay lover is killed in Lebanon
Ten years have passed since the tragic events of Yossi & Jagger, director Eytan Fox's drama about an Israeli commander whose gay lover is killed during a raid on Lebanon. Now we're back with Yossi (Ohad Knoller), free of the military, but trapped by his grief – for the death of his sexual confidence as much as for Jagger. Fox uses the introduction of young, out-and-proud soldier Tom (Oz Zehavi) to argue that Israel has changed, and it's just that Yossi – sleepwalking through his job as a doctor – is too lonely to notice. There's a bit of drag in the opening act, and Fox would rather talk about social politics than foreign affairs, but it's a film full of tenderness, resting on a tremendous, sad performance from Knoller.
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- Henry Barnes
★★★☆☆ Somewhat unfortunately released in cinemas at a time when sympathy for the Israeli military is perilously low, Eytan Fox's melancholic romance Yossi (2012) - the belated follow-up to his own Yossi and Jagger (2002) - is a surprisingly touching story of loss and rekindled sexuality. Featuring a sensual soundtrack (courtesy of Devendra Banhart and Israeli songstress Keren Ann) and several noteworthy performances, including key turns from Ohad Knoller and Lior Ashkenazi, Yossi functions well as a sensitive and emotive portrayal of one ageing individual's journey back from the depths of grief and despair.
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Directed by Eytan Fox
Philadelphia Film Festival
Eytan Fox’s follow-up to his 2002 short-feature Yossi & Jagger is an accomplished, sweet love and regret story.
Yossi (Ohad Knoller) is a closeted young doctor. When Varda (Orly Silbersatz) shows up at his hospital for a routine check-up, Yossi’s military and romantic past leads him to a new crossroads in his life.
Yossi is ostensibly divided into two halves. The first half takes place largely in Yossi’s Israeli hospital and the surrounding city and is a trudge towards obvious exposition. It’s the second-half, taking place almost solely in a beach resort, when director Fox’s compositions feel freer and the narrative takes on a looser lilt that Yossi eventually succeeds.
Ohad Knoller gives a strong performance as the title character, but he too feels limited by the stuffy opening to the film. It’s unclear whether Fox thinks »
- Neal Dhand
Brace yourselves. This list of the Top 100 Greatest Gay Movies is probably going to generate some howls of protest thanks to a rather major upset in the rankings. Frankly, one that surprised the hell out of us here at AfterElton.
But before we get to that, an introduction. A few weeks ago we asked AfterElton readers to submit up to ten of their favorite films by write-in vote. We conducted a similar poll several years ago, but a lot has happened culturally since then, and a number of worthy movies of gay interest have been released. We wanted to see how your list of favorites had changed.
We also wanted to expand our list to 100 from the top 50 we had done previously. We figured there were finally enough quality gay films to justify the expansion. And we wanted to break out gay documentaries onto their own list (You'll find the »
- AfterElton.com Staff
Strand Releasing has acquired North American rights to Eytan Fox’s Yossi, the sequel to 2002’s Yossi & Jagger, which Strand also released domestically. The first film told of a gay love affair between two Israeli soldiers, and the sequel follows Yossi, played by Ohad Knoller, as he meets a new man while on vacation. The film, written by Itay Segal, had its world premiere at the Tribeca Film Festival. Strand plans to screen the movie at festivals this fall and open it theatrically in early 2013. The deal was negotiated between Strand’s Jon Gerrans and Films Distribution’s Nicolas Brigaud-Robert.
- Gregg Kilday
Romeo and Juliet: Hailee Steinfeld, Douglas Booth Starring Lol‘s Douglas Booth and True Grit‘s Hailee Steinfeld, a new version of Romeo and Juliet is currently being shopped around at the Cannes Film Festival. Partly financed by Austrian design house Swarovski, this latest adaptation of Shakespeare’s love story was written by Academy Award winner Julian Fellowes (Gosford Park) and directed by Carlo Carlei. A Best New Director David di Donatello nominee for The Flight of the Innocent (1993), Carlei’s previous English-language foray, the Matthew Modine vehicle Fluke, was a major box-office flop in 1995. In recent years, Carlei has worked on Italian television; his most recent TV movie was a remake of Roberto Rossellini’s Il General della Rovere (2011), starring Pierfrancesco Favino in the old Vittorio De Sica role. According to the Los Angeles Times blog 24 Frames, producer Ileen Maisel wants “every teenager in the world to come see” Romeo and Juliet. »
- Andre Soares
Ten years after a tragic love story between two Idf soldiers... we catch up with one of them.
Eytan Fox's new feature, Yossi, which opened the World Narrative track at Tribeca 2012, is a spare movie, that, in a sense, presents a rather unusual view of the Israeli medical profession, one centered around the lonely adventures of a 34-year-old Tel Aviv pulmonary specialist.
It also depicts an Israel that shows, miraculously, a land in which the Palestinian population has suddenly gone Awol.
Yossi (Ohad Knoller, who won the Tff 2003 Best »
- Ali Hazzah
The Guardian Loki himself Tom Hiddleston wrote a piece defending the superhero movie genre which he thinks ought to be taken more seriously. Well written and impassioned but let's play devil's advocate for a moment. Isn't the money enough? Wouldn't it be nice if people could respond to dramas about the human condition without the comforting distance of genre?
Slant 15 famous movie monkeys in honor of the just released Chimpanzee
Ultra Culture makes a funny re: "exclusive image" of Katy Perry. Honestly I rarely open emails with the word "exclusive" in the header. They'll have to drop it from Websters soon since it lost its meaning somewhere at the tail end of the 20th century.
Pajiba screw context. Just appreciate the Jennifer Lawrenceness of it all
IndieWire somehow in the midst of my manic schedule, I missed the news that Eytan Fox had made a sequel to the wonderful Yossi »
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This year's Tribeca Film Festival (site) opens on Wednesday with the world premiere of The Five-Year Engagement, which, like Forgetting Sarah Marshall, is directed by Nicholas Stoller, produced by Judd Apatow and stars Jason Segel, and closes on April 28 with Joss Whedon's The Avengers. In the New York Times, Stephen Holden notes that the new programming team (Frédéric Boyer, former artistic director of the Directors' Fortnight, Sundance vet Geoffrey Gilmore and Genna Terranova) have slimmed the lineup down to 90 features from 150 just two years ago: "As a result Tribeca is no longer a catchall basin for middling stray films seeking a showcase." What's more, "for the first time [the] world narrative and world documentary competitions have official opening-night films":
HollywoodNews.com: The 2012 Tribeca Film Festival (Tff), presented by American Express®, today announced the World Narrative and Documentary Competition film selections, along with selections for the out-of-competition Viewpoints section—the program established last year that highlights personal stories in international and independent cinema. Forty-six of the 90 feature-length films were announced. The 11th edition of the Festival will take place from April 18 to April 29 at locations around New York City.
The Festival was curated by a new programming team this year. Frédéric Boyer has joined Tff as Artistic Director, having most recently served as Artistic Director and Head of Programming for the Directors’ Fortnight at the Cannes Film Festival. Geoffrey Gilmore, Chief Creative Officer of Tribeca Enterprises, has expanded his role in overseeing the Festival program. Genna Terranova has been promoted to Director of Programming and Cara Cusumano returns as Programmer.
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- Josh Abraham
The Tribeca Film Festival announced half of this year’s movie showcase, the 11th edition of the New York celebration set for April 18-29. James Franco’s behind-the-scenes General Hospital feature, Francophrenia, will have its North American premiere in the Viewpoints section – the program established last year that highlights more personal stories. “He’s kind of constructed this really interesting and well-crafted film about that experience that plays with the boundaries of documentary,” says Genna Terranova, Tribeca’s director of programming. “It’s a bit tongue in cheek, as James himself can be. He’s a bit enigmatic and the film is as well. »
- Jeff Labrecque
With The Five-Year Engagement set as the opening title for the 2012 Tribeca Film Festival, they’ve announced more of the line-up today with World Narrative & Documentary Features as the Viewpoint titles. We’ve got the next film from The Exploding Girl director Bradley Rust Gray, Jack and Diane (as well as a first look about featuring Juno Temple, thanks to Styd).
There is a new Harmony Korine short as well Kate Bosworth‘s While We Were Here and The Girl, starring Abbie Cornish. James Franco also has his latest film, Francophrenia, featuring footage from his performance on General Hospital. Nothing sticks out too greatly yet, but if I see something as interesting as Beyond the Black Rainbow or Magic Valley like last year, I’ll be a happy man. Check it out below and come back Thursday for the rest of the announcement.
World Narrative Feature Competition
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SXSW kicks off later this week, but once your done slurping the BBQ sauce off your fingers, pack your backs and head north to Manhattan as the Tribeca Film Festival is gearing up to unspool in April. To whet cinephile appetites, organizers have dropped the lineup for the World Narrative Feature Competition, World Documentary Feature Competition and Viewpoints lineups and there are plenty of titles to take note of.
Among the narratives, the anticipated "Jack And Diane" from Bradley Rust Gray will make its world premiere. Starring Juno Temple and Riley Keough, the film takes a teenage lesbian love tale and twists the formula, with one of them revealing she's a werewolf. Add to that a cast rounded out by Dane DeHaan, Jena Malone and pop star Kylie Minogue (as a tattooed lesbian, of course) and you can see why this will be one of the hottest tickets at the fest. »
- Kevin Jagernauth
17 items from 2012
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