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