Yossi, Israel 2012, 83 Min., Regie: Eytan Fox, mit Oz Zehavi, Ohad Knoller, Orly Silbersatz Banai, Ola Schur Selektar, Lior Ashkenazi
Ten years after Yossi and Jagger, the tragic love story of two IDF officers serving in Lebanon, director Eytan Fox returns to find out what has happened with Yossi. Dr. Yossi Hoffman has become a valued and dedicated cardiologist, often using his work as a way to escape from dealing with his anguished life. He lives alone, still closeted, unable to break through the walls and defenses built around him since the death of his lover. Even his co-workers – a recently divorced doctor, who tries to sweep Yossi into his world of women and drugs, and a lonely nurse, who is secretly in love with him – find it almost impossible to get close to him. His daily routine at the hospital is shaken up by the arrival of a mysterious woman. He follows her, and through the surprising connection that they make, receives a rare opportunity to deal with his trauma. Yossi then travels to the southern city of Eilat. Surrounded by sea and sand dunes he meets a group of young Israeli IDF officers, among them Tom, a handsome and self confident openly gay man, who represents a new world, different from the one that shaped Yossi.
Eytan Fox (Director-Writer)
In 2002, Fox directed the acclaimed love story of two Israeli officers, YOSSI & JAGGER, which became an immediate critical and box office success in Israel. In 2004, Fox’s film WALK ON WATER became the most successful Israeli film abroad. The story of a Mossad secret service agent who befriends the gay grandson of an ex-Nazi officer was later nominated for Best Foreign Film in the 2006 French César Awards. Later that year Fox made THE BUBBLE, telling the story of two men who fall in love, one Israeli and the other Palestinian, the film moved audiences around the world and won over 20 jury and audience awards. In 2009, Fox directed the Israeli Emmy Award winning musical mini-series MARY LOU. Based on the songs of famous Israeli singer, Tzvika Pik, the modern fable with a musical message tells the story of a young homosexual who goes to Tel Aviv to find his estranged mother and ends up finding himself. MARY LOU has enjoyed both local and worldwide success, with continued demand at both festivals and on DVD.