Bar 51

Directed: Amos Guttman
Cast: Juliano Mer-Khamis, Smadar Kilchinsky, Alon Aboutmoul, Irit Sheleg, Mosko Alkalai
Israel, 1985, 95 min, Hebrew with English subtitles
Amos Guttman’s second feature film, depicts the story of a brother and sister who desert their house in the village after the mother’s death, and try their luck in Tel-Aviv. The move leads them to meet Apollonia, the owner of the sleazy Bar 51, who gives them work, mainly due to her sexual attraction for the brother, who is secretly in-love with his sister. Apollonia Goldstein is played by Eda Valery Tal, the first Israeli transgender actress. This is a stylish melodrama which reminds the early works of Fassbinder and Almodovar.