Yossi and Jagger

YOSSI-AND-JAGGER-PosterDirector: Eytan Fox
Year: 2002
Genre: Drama
Language: Hebrew
Runtime: 65 min

STORYLINE

Yossi (Ohad Knoller) is the stoic company commander of an Israeli Defense Forces unit on the Lebanese border. Jagger (Yehuda Levi), who got his nickname thanks to his fun-loving rock star appeal, is the platoon leader. They have a secret. When they walk off in the snow together, it isn’t because they’re on patrol–it’s because they’re lovers. Jagger is more gregarious. He tells Yossi that he loves him, and longs to hear Yossi say it back to him. He makes plans for their future together, urging Yossi to leave the army with him when Jagger’s mandatory service is done. Yossi can’t bring himself to make any promises. “This isn’t some. . .American movie,” he tells Jagger. The colonel (Sharon Reginiano) arrives with two female soldiers, the irrepressible sexpot Goldie (Hani Furstenberg) and her more introspective friend Yaeli (Aya Koren of Late Marriage), who harbors a serious crush on Jagger, and is herself pursued by Jagger’s nosy roommate, Ofir (Assi Cohen). As the unit’s perfectionist chef, Yaniv (Erez Kahana) struggles to make a sumptuous meal for the commanding officer with meager supplies, the colonel tells Yossi that Hezbollah forces are expected to cross the border, and the already exhausted unit needs to set up an ambush that night. Yossi & Jagger, directed by Eytan Fox, was a critical and commercial hit in Israel. It was shown at the 2003 Berlin International Film Festival and had its U.S. premiere at the 2003 Tribeca Film Festival.

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AWARDS

Best Original Television Drama – Awards of the Israeli Television Academy (2003)
Best Actor in a Drama, Miniseries or Television Movie (Yehuda Levi) – Awards of the Israeli Television Academy (2003)
Best Actor (Yehuda Levi) – Dallas OUT TAKES (2003)
Outstanding Film – Limited Release – GLAAD Media Awards (2004)
Best Picture – Glitter Awards (2004)
Best Foreign Film – Glitter Awards (2004)
Best Actor (Ohad Knoller) – Tribeca Film Festival (2004)
Best Feature (Audience Award) – Torino International Gay & Lesbian Film Festival

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