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Eytan Fox & Gal Uchovsky

Eytan Fox (born on August 21, 1964) is an Israeli film director. Fox and his partner, Gal Uchovsky, celebrate 25 years together in September 2013. They are also professional collaborators, Uchovsky, a writer and journalist, is involved in much of the scriptwriting for Fox's movies.

Fox was born in New York City and moved with his family to Israel when he was two. His father, Seymour Fox, was a Conservative rabbi and a leading professor of Jewish education at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. His mother, Sara Kaminker-Fox, was the head of the Jerusalem city council and involved in Jerusalem urban planning. Fox has two brothers, David and Danny. 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.

In 2006, Fox was the first recipient of the Washington Jewish Film Festival's Decade Award, a prize given to a filmmaker whose work has made a significant contribution to Jewish cinema over a period of at least ten years.


Eytan Fox (born August 21, 1964) is an Israeli film director. Fox and his partner, Gal Uchovsky, celebrate 25 years together in September 2013. They are also professional collaborators, Uchovsky, a writer and journalist, is involved in much of the scriptwriting for Fox's movies. In 2006, Fox was the first recipient of the Washington Jewish Film Festival's Decade Award, a prize given to a filmmaker whose work has made a significant contribution to Jewish cinema over a period of at least 10 years.





Yossi & Jagger (2002) is a portrayal of the love between two young Jewish military men while completing their mandatory national service. Walk on Water (2004) takes on the thorny topics of racism/discrimination and confronting the Nazi past of two young upperclass Germans. Lior Ashkenazi plays a Mossad assassin under cover as a tour guide. The Bubble (2006) asks the big question: What is love? as the film follows three young Tel Aviv (nicknamed "The Bubble" for its highly insular living situation) residents: a female political activist and her two gay roommates, one of whom (the same actor from Yossi & Jagger) falls in love with a Palestinian (who also appears as a waiter in Walk on Water) while on border guard duty as part of his national military service.

Source: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Eytan_Fox

Further Readings:

Beyond Flesh: Queer Masculinities and Nationalism in Israeli Cinema by Raz Yosef
Paperback: 216 pages
Publisher: Rutgers University Press (January 20, 2004)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 0813533767
ISBN-13: 978-0813533766
Amazon: Beyond Flesh: Queer Masculinities and Nationalism in Israeli Cinema

Raz Yosef explores Israeli cinemas role in the creation of national identity and the complex ways the marginalization of queerness became necessary to that goal.

Zionism was not only a political and ideological program but also a sexual one. The liberation of Jews and creation of a new nation were closely intertwined with a longing for the redemption and normalization of the Jewish male body. That body had to be rescued from anti-Semitic, scientific-medical discourse associating it with disease, madness, degeneracy, sexual perversity, and femininityeven with homosexuality. The Zionist movement was intent on transforming the very nature of European Jewish masculinity as it had existed in the diaspora. Zionist/Israeli films expressed this desire through visual and narrative tropes, enforcing the image of the hypermasculine, colonialist-explorer and militaristic nation-builder, an image dependent on the homophobic repudiation of the "feminine" within men.

The creation of a new heterosexual Jewish man was further intertwined with attitudes on the breeding of children, bodily hygiene, racial improvement, and Orientalist perspectiveswhich associated the East, and especially Eastern bodies, with unsanitary practices, plagues, disease, and sexual perversity. By stigmatizing Israels Eastern populations as agents of death and degeneration, Zionism created internal biologized enemies, against whom the Zionist society had to defend itself. In the name of securing the life and reproduction of the new Ashkenazi Jewry, Israeli society discriminated against both its internal enemies, the Palestinians, and its own citizens, the Mizrahim (Oriental Jews).

Yosefs critique of the construction of masculinities and queerness in Israeli cinema and culture also serves as a model for the investigation of the role of male sexuality within national culture in general.

More Real Life Romances at my website: http://www.elisarolle.com/, My Ramblings/Real Life Romance

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