The Trace of Your Lips

Aldo is a young man who is living in the same apartment building as Roman, an actor in action B-movies. Both of them are isolated in their flats since a pandemic broke out and they must adhere to the lockdown rules. They match online, talk and can even see each other via video calls, but they cannot meet in person. Eventually the urge to break the lockdown becomes too strong.

In his new film, groundbreaking director Julian Hernandez explores just how much loneliness feeds the passion and how bright does this flame burn when loneliness becomes isolation. After screening Hernandez’s previous films at the TLVFest (“Broken Sky”, “I Am Happiness on Earth” and “Bramadero”), this time he creates a world that reminds us of recent history, but also throws us into another horrible plague. This is a very passionate film about desires simmering under fear and caution.

Viewing is 18+ due to explicit sexual content.


In association with the Embassy of Mexico

The Inner Truth

“The Inner Truth”, led by Hila Alroi, the health correspondent of Channel 13, and directed by Liran Atzmon, sets out to examine how the transgender issue, while indeed affecting a very small percentage of the population, is at the heart of the media attention, discourse on social networks, a matter of dispute for organizations dealing with the subject (both in terms of community rights and in the struggle against its legitimacy), protests, films, and books.



Despite its name that suggests a relaxed and quaint piece, “Birder” is the perfect late night erotic thriller.
Kristian Brooks invades a queer nudist camp on the shores of a remote New Hampshire lake. While not wearing much, he makes friends with the locals, and his flirting disturbs the commune’s dynamics. When he seduces the naked men around him, they’re about to experience a lot more than they imagined.
Birder” explores the behavior of a serial killer and takes his audience on an unexpected journey. Director Nate Dushku provides a queer piece that celebrates diversity of nudity and tests the limits.
Viewing is 18+ due to explicit sexual content, nudity and violence.

After the screening, Q&A with the director Nate Dushku and the screenwriter Amnon Lourie.

My Sole Desire

A striptease show to a techno remix version of Tchaikovsky’s “Dance of the sugar plum fairy”, nude reading of Chekhov and a satirical striptease on the theme of yellow vests protests. All these and more are part of a show in the Parisian strip club “À Mon Seul Désir”, a place where stripers with artistic flair can take professional risks and challenge their audience.
Manon (Louise Chevillotte, “Synonymes” by Nadav Lapid) is a young aimless woman with no real purpose in life. She spontaneously decides to start working at the club and is immediately drawn to her new colleagues, especially Mia (Zita Hanrot, “Angry Annie”), an ambitious actress with a partner and a child. The relationship between the two intensifies as they spend more and more time together and Manon finds herself falling for Mia. The two begin a secret affair in a place where you must draw the line between love and work.
Director Lucie Borleteau created a film about sex workers through a female non judgmental gaze. She describes the world of the women working in the club with all its complexities. The result is a surprising and unusual cinematic journey with excellent actresses in the lead roles and quite a few surprise guest appearances, such as Melvil Poupaud (“Time to Leave”), Félix Maritaud (“120 BPM”), legendary director Frederick Weisman and actress Ariane Labed (“Lobster”).

Viewing is 18+ due to explicit sexual content.

In association with the Embassy of France


Iman is a former wrestling champion, a refugee from Iran, who is now wandering between refugee hostels in Sweden with his wife Miriam and their two daughters. Iman has escaped his homeland Iran in fear of persecution after a violent crime he committed. He is looking for ways to provide his wife and daughters a place to live and works delivering pizzas on a snow motorbike.
When Miriam becomes unexpectedly pregnant for the third time, and the talks with the Swedish immigration become tougher, Iman decides to renew his wrestling career, despite the promise he made to his wife never to engage in the dangerous sport again.
Iman is hoping that being included in the Swedish team will earn him a special staying permit as a sportsman. As his skills are very much appreciated by the local team and also by one of his fellow teammates (Björn Elgerd, “Are We Lost Forever”), the deeper reasons that lead Iman to fleeing Iran are about to surface.

In his second film, director/screenwriter Milad Alami is aided by a superb cast lead by Payman Maadi. He creates a complex and layered social drama dealing with culture clashes, identities, and how the individual is getting lost inside the political.
Swedish submission for the Oscar Awards 2024.


In association with the Embassy of Sweden

Bones and Names

Boris the actor and Jonathan the writer are a couple, but their relationship reached the point where they can spend their evenings together-apart – one in bed reading scripts and the other working at the office desk in the next room. Boris is sinking further and further into rehearsals for a new film with an ambitious director whose way of work starts to affect his personal life. Meanwhile Jonathan is trying to redefine his voice as a writer. The couple is experiencing a period of emotional distancing, betrayal of trust, fear of losing their relationship as well as fear of losing themselves in it.

This is the debut feature film of actor, screenwriter and director Fabian Stumm, and he shows that he is one of most interesting young voices in German cinema today. Stumm manages to turn what seems to be banal and everyday scenes – in the bedroom, supermarket or rehearsal room, into something unexpected in a film that is an intelligent and amusing takeout on relationships.
The Israeli audience will remember Knut Berger, who plays Jonathan in the movie “Walk on Water” (2004).


The Mattachine Family

Screening at Ennis Jaffa’s Stage, Tel-Aviv


Photographer Thomas and actor Oscar are in a loving relationship along with their foster son. The two had hoped that the child would stay with them forever, but after a few years he returns to live with his biological mother who has gone through rehab. Meanwhile Oscar gets a role in a successful TV show and Thomas finds himself in an existential crisis. Left with no son whom he misses terribly and a partner who works far away, it is a good thing he’s got his friends close to him to act as a safety net.
The wonderful cast includes Nico Tortorella (“The Walking Dead: World Beyond”) as Thomas, Emily Hampshire (“Schitt’s Creek”) as his best friend and Juan Pablo Di Pace (“Fuller House”, “Mama Mia!”) as his partner Oscar. Also appearing are Carl Clemons-Hopkins (“Hacks”), Jake Choi (“Single Parents”) and Heather Matarazzo (“The Princess Diaries”, “Welcome to the Dollhouse”).
The Mattachine Family” is a charming film and a moving drama that is sure to move you.


Out of Uganda

A few months ago the Ugandan parliament passed a draconian law against the LGBT community. A law that is amongst the harshest in Africa – a continent where homosexuality is outlawed in more than 30 countries.
In this powerful documentary we meet Philip, Hussein, Rami and Shami – four Ugandan refugees that are the humane face of this continuing crisis. While waiting for asylum in Switzerland, these refugees – two gay men, a lesbian and a transgender woman, talk about the horrible feeling of being persecuted in your own country, sometimes by your own family, both physically and emotionally, for being who they are.
Out of Uganda” gently explores the tales of its protagonists, gives them a voice and at the same time introduces the audience to the politicians and religious men that rouse the hatred against the LGBT community in Uganda. This film provides some of the most powerful and moving moments of this year’s TLVFest. It is also a big warning sign against what happens these days in Israel.


From the moment she kicked a ball, Marinette Pichon’s life revolved around football (soccer). The woman who became France’s highest goal scorer was born in a small town that had no girls football team, but her enormous talent was hard to miss and she found herself starring in the local boys club. Focusing on sport has helped her deal with the toxic relationship between her parents, and in the meantime she struggled whether to keep her sexuality to herself or live out and proud and risk her career.

Director/Screenwriter Virginie Verrier brings to the screen a sweeping biopic about one of the most important sportswomen in French history and who had become the first French football player to play for an American club. Into Pichon’s cleats steps one of French cinema’s rising stars Garance Marillier (“Raw”, “Titane”) in a dazzling performance.
The film is accompanied by a thrilling period soundtrack, energetic editing and dominant camera work. “Marinette” succeeds in the mission of following the story of one of the greatest football players of all time and her constant struggle to get an equal treatment from the country she gave so much to.

In association with the Embassy of France