“THE ISRAELI BOYS”
Six Short Israeli/Gay Films
Many of you know that I lived in Israel for many years. While there I was somewhat involved in the Israeli film industry and I remember all to well that most Israelis would not go to see films from their own country and this was because they had the reputation of being silly. In the last twenty years that has changed tremendously and there has been a huge change with many films from Israel being considered critical darlings.
We do not often get to see short films unless we go to film festivals. NQV Media is changing that by bringing us anthologies of short films from various countries and so far we have had “The Danish Boys” and “The Latin Boys” with more coming soon. NQV also has a series of shorts in their male gaze series. Those that I have seen are superior in production values and they just keep getting better. I anxiously awaited “The Israeli Boys” and it lived up to beyond my expectations. Having lived through the period when Israeli finally came to accept its LGBTQ citizens, I was surprised at how bold there films are but then again, Israel has become a go-to stop for LGBTQ travelers and Tel Aviv Pride has become a place to be.
“THREE” (“Shlosha”) directed by Lior Soroka tells of Udi,
a young architect from Tel Aviv who agrees to go along with his partner Nimrod’s proposal to have a threesome with another man. This causes Udi to question his relationship with Nimrod.
Directors Nizan Lotem and Lior Haen’s “A TRIP TO THE DESERT” is the story of three best friends who take a trip to the desert where their friendship is put to the test. Lior, who is openly gay, and religious Jew Elad, suddenly have to face each other’s life choices. And then there is Yossi…
I had already seen “RUBBER DOLPHIN” from director Ori Aharon (there is a longer review elsewhere on this site). It is a gay love story set in a one-bedroom apartment in Tel Aviv where two guys meet, have sex and fall in love— at least for the night. Will it last until the morning?
“AUTUMN” (“STAV”) from director Michal Haggiag is about a young woman who is looking for a teen she’s responsible for as part of her volunteer work. As she searches, she discovers a lifestyle totally foreign to her.
“AFTER HIS DEATH”, another film directed by Lior Soroka looks at Ayelet who learns. after her father passes away, that he had an affair with another man. Although her mother disapproves, she decides to meet her father’s lover. We gain insight into how different two generations in one family can be.
Director Moshe Rosenthal’s “LEAVE OF ABSENCE” looks at Meir who, after a misfortune with some male grooming products, finds himself on a night out with a few of his former students. The film explores moving past middle age and is an introspective look at delicate masculinity.
This is a collection you do not want to miss and is a wonderful introduction to NQV media if you have not yet experienced their films.