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“Cupcakes” from Eytan Fox

Eytan Fox’s new movie opened 2013 Iris Prize festival last week, and was crowned one of the winners this weekend. Here’s the first review

A group of friends in Tel Aviv, Israel, watch Eurosong (a show similar to yet legally distinct from Eurovision) together. Each dealing with their own problems and despairing of the manufactured soulless feeling of their country’s entry, they laughingly create their own more authentic ditty. As a bit of fun, one of the friends sends it to the judges and, to their surprise, it becomes Israel’s official entry the following year.

Each character has a story that unfolds as the big day draws near; the troubled housewife, the flamboyant teacher, repressed Minister’s aide, socially awkward blogger, frustrated executive and the under-appreciated musician. Think Love, Actually with a bit more camp and you’re not far off.

Taking a gentle swipe at the creative conveyor belt and the PR machine that goes with pop music, this is a story about friendship, taking a chance on something exciting and sticking together. And includes a song that’ll be stuck in your head for days, even if you can’t pronounce the words.

Read the full review on Iris Prize’s website

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