That’s Gila, That’s Me

The screening includes Q&A with the director.

Alon Weinstock’s documentary film has a cult following with fans who return annually; packing movie theatre to capacity for the sole purpose of enjoying Gila Goldstein’s zingers and being moved by the life story of one of Israel’s first trans women who was also a Tel Aviv icon-turned legend, while still live.
Gila was born as male in the 50s in lower Haifa. A young soccer player in Maccabbi Haifa who had always known that she is a woman. In her 20s she moved to Tel Aviv and worked as a prostitute and exotic dancer. In 2003 she was proclaimed the community’s darling for her contribution and continued fight for social justice.
The film, shot between 1997 – 2010, describes the world of a woman who is, despite fleeting years and many struggles, still happy, optimistic and feeling forever young. Because Gila is the one and only and in her own radical language: “That’s Gila, That’s Me.”

In memory of Gila Goldstein (18.12.1947 – 05.02.2017)

Mini DV

The full cinematic version of the wonderful documentary by Shauly Melamed, in a one-time screening at the festival in the presence of the film’s heroes.

In this coming-of-age story, four LGBTQ adults re-encounter the home video footage they shot of themselves as kids: Shauly explored his homosexuality; Tom faced his gender identity; Betty filmed her friends and lovers; Rumia discovered her roots in drag.

The Swimmer

2.11 – actors in attendance.

Erez, a rising star in the Israeli swimming scene, arrives at a godforsaken training camp held in a boarding school. The winner of the competition held there wins the only ticket to the Olympics. There he meets Nevo, a beautiful, gifted swimmer, who awakens subconscious desires in him. However their swimming coach does not believe in friendships between competitors. Warned to stay away from Nevo, Erez is still too attracted to him. In between practices, he attempts to act upon his feelings.

Like Me

Eyal Kantor’s first full-length film is an important and effective drama. Tom, a 12th grade high-school student who is required by his father to find a new place to live within two weeks, finds himself in a torrid relationship with an older fashion photographer, while he is secretly in love with his close friend Gilad.
The main actor, Yoav Keren, who also produced and edited the film, turns out to be one of the bold and talented young actors working in Israel today.

29.10 – creators in attendance

 

Opening ceremony & screening: In Bed

Guy (28 yo) and his best friend Joy are enjoying the gay pride parade to the fullest, when their bliss is abruptly put to an end by a deadly shooting that occurs during the event. Fleeing the scene into the safety of Guy’s home, they take along a fellow pride goer, Dan, who seems to be in shock. With the shooter still on the run, Guy and Dan fall into a night full of sex, drugs and paranoia.

Produced with the support of Israel Cinema Project – Rabinovitch Foundation and United King.