Returning to the role that won him TFF's Best Actor award in Eytan Fox's Yossi & Jagger in 2003, Ohad Knoller gives another extraordinary performance as Yossi, a closeted gay man living a solitary existence in Tel Aviv. A perennially sad, workaholic doctor, Yossi has his quiet world shaken when a middle-aged woman walks out of his past and into his examination room. Their brief but emotionally charged reunion unnerves Yossi enough to make him spontaneously leave Tel Aviv. On the desolate roads of southern Israel, a chance encounter with a group of lively soldiers ignites Yossi's desire to awaken from his emotional slumber.
Fox directs with unmatched honesty and compassion, drawing the viewer ever-so-gently into Yossi's disconnected world. Stark images of city life eventually give way to rolling road trip beauty, perfectly attuned to Yossi's experience. Knoller's remarkably nuanced performance is filled with delicate emotion that subtly shifts as Yossi's world begins to crack open, leaving an indelible impression. Yossi is a moving film about making peace with the past in order to make way for the future.
Length: 83 minutes
Director: Eytan Fox
Screenwriter: Itay Segal
Producer: Amir Harel
Editor: Yosef Grunfeld
Director of Photography: Guy Raz
Production Designer: Mor Barak
Executive Producer: Moshe Edery, Leon Edery
Composer: Keren Ann
Primary Cast: Ohad Knoller, Lior Ashkenazi, Oz Zehavi, Orly Silbersatz Banai, Ola Schur
Eytan Fox was born in New York City and relocated with his family to Israel as a child. He studied film at Tel Aviv University. He has won much acclaim for his films Time Off, Song of the Siren, the TV drama series Florentine, Yossi & Jagger (TFF 2003), Walk on Water, and The Bubble, which won more than 20 jury and audience awards.
For the first time, the competition sections will have designated opening night films in both the documentary and narrative categories, highlighting the sections. The World Before Her will open the World Documentary competition, and Yossi will open the World Narrative competition, both on April 19.
Co-hosted by Office of Cultural Affairs, Consulate General of Israel in New York. Additional support from the Israel Film Center.