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Israel, 2013, 90 Minute Running Time
Additional Countries: France
US Premiere
Topics: Comedy, Gay/Lesbian, Musical
Program: World Cinema Now
Language: Hebrew English Sub-Titles

As light and tasty as its title suggests, the latest from Eytan Fox’s (Yossi & Jagger; Walk on Water) is a charming comedy which takes a Eurovision-style song contest as a jumping-off point for a sweet and unabashedly nostalgic evocation of a time when, as one character puts it, "you borrowed a cup of sugar from your neighbor and stayed for coffee."

In contemporary Tel Aviv, six diverse friends – gay, straight, successful, not so successful – gather to watch the Universong competition. Like most viewers, they are appalled by the winning song, and taking the trials of one of their group whose marriage is splitting up as a subject, they jokingly compose "A Song for Anat" (actually the work of Babydaddy, from Scissor Sisters). They are as surprised as anyone when it is chosen as Israel’s entry for next year’s competition.

Starring a who’s who in the contemporary Israeli film, television and music industries, Cupcakes is, in Fox’s words, "about fun and games and music and romance and happy endings. I’ve made films that were more confrontational and challenging. But this is something to sweeten life, for myself and the audience."

Producer: Lauranne Bourrachot, Marco Cherqui
Editor: Ron Omer
Screenwriter: Eytan Fox, Eli Bijaoui
Cinematographer: Dani Shneor
Music: Haim Frank Lifman
Principal Cast: Yael Bar-Zohar, Dana Ivgy, Anat Waxman, Efrat Dor, Keren Berger, Denis Sandler
Filmography: Yossi (2012)
The Bubble (2006)
Walk on Water (2004)
Yossi & Jaeger (2002)
Song of the Siren (1994)
After (1990)

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