‘Yossi’ brings gay Is­raeli love story back to At­lanta screen

GA Voice - - Directory Listings - — Steve War­ren and Laura Dou­glas-Brown

“Yossi,” di­rec­tor Ey­tan Fox’s 2012 se­quel to his 2002 film “Yossi & Jag­ger,” re­turns to At­lanta Feb. 22 for a one-week run at the Mid­town Art Cin­ema.

“Yossi” was among the top 10 films screened at At­lanta’s gay Out on Film fes­ti­val in last Oc­to­ber. It features Ohad Knoller re­turn­ing as the ti­tle char­ac­ter.

The first film was a min­i­mal­ist gay love story set in a camp near the Le­banese bor­der. Young army of­fi­cers Yossi and Jag­ger fall in love, but Yossi is un­will­ing to risk his mil­i­tary ca­reer by be­ing out. Then Jag­ger is killed in a raid.

“Yossi” is set 10 years later. Yossi, now a car­di­ol­o­gist, is still mourn­ing Jag­ger. Not yet 34 but al­ready old, he’s as clos­eted as ever, but the word is out about him in the Tel Aviv hospi­tal where he works.

Forced to take a va­ca­tion, Yossi gives a ride to four young sol­diers. One of them, Tom (Oz Ze­havi) is openly gay and his com­rades are fine with it, show­ing how the army has changed in a de- cade. The film ex­plores whether Yossi can change enough to be ready to em­brace his at­trac­tion.

Ohad Knoller (left) reprises his role as Yossi, a gay Is­raeli man cop­ing with coming out and the loss of his lover. (Photo courtesy Strand Re­leas­ing)

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