Eytan Fox [Filmmaker]

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BIOGRAPHY

Eytan Fox has become one of Israel’s most prominent and most internationally acclaimed directors. His movies have been accepted and watched worldwide, won many awards, especially in LGBT film festivals.

Fox was born in New York City and moved with his family to Israel when he was two. He grew up in Jerusalem, served in the army, and studied at Tel Aviv University’s School of Film and Television. He is openly gay and many of his films contain themes of homosexuality, as well as the effect the Israeli–Palestinian conflict has on interpersonal relationships.

Fox’s first film was “After” (1990), a short film he directed as his final project at Tel Aviv University. The story deals with the sexual tension between a soldier and his commander, and this movie has significant characteristics of his future works: dismantling the myth of the macho-man Israeli soldier, concentrating on gay characters and coming out stories, and the use of music, especially Hebrew music, as an element that plays an important role in the film.

In his first feature films, “Song of the Siren” (1994) and “Ba’al Ba’al Lev” (1997) and also in his first TV show, “Florentine” (1997), Fox began to form international work practices and use a high pace of shooting and editing.

Fox and his partner, writer and journalist Gal Uchovsky, have been together for 24 years. They are also professional collaborators, as Uchovsky is involved in much of the scriptwriting for Fox’s movies. Fox also often collaborates with musician Ivri Lider on the soundtracks of his films.

FILMOGRAPHY

Cupcakes (‘Bananot’) [2013]
Yossi [2012]
Tamid Oto Chalom (TV Series) [2009]
The Bubble [2006]
Walk on Water [2004]
Yossi & Jagger [2002]
Ba’al Ba’al Lev [1997]
Florentine (TV Series) [1997]
The Song of the Siren [1994]
After (short) [1990]

RELATED STORIES

11990s: The First Gay Kiss on Israeli TV (Ynet / October 19, 2015)
Athens Film Festival to Honor Israeli Director (Albawaba / September 29, 2015)
The US loves them some “Cupcakes”: Israeli comedy a hit in NYC (Jerusalem Post / April 5, 2015)
New on Israeli TV: A Good Family (A Wider Bridge / November 10, 2014)
Happy 50th Birthday, Mr. Fox (A Wider Bridge / August 14, 2014)
The Fantastic Mr. Fox (Metro Weekly / February 27, 2014)
Gal and Eytan: 25 Years Together (Mako / August 30, 2013)
Interview with Eytan Fox (Film Journal / December 31, 2012)