The festival that runs from November 6th to November 20th features two LGBTQ films.
“Family in Transition” is a documentary film that follows a family from Nahariya, a city in northern Israel. One parent is a transgender woman who gradually reveals her trans identity to her family.
“Family in Transition” won the award for best movie at the 2018 DocAviv International Documentary Film Festival.
The documentary will be screened on November 14th at 5:00 pm at Laemmle Ahrya Fine Arts Theater in Beverly Hills, with a special appearance by director Ofir Trainin.
The second LGBTQ film is titled “The Cakemaker” It premiered during the previous edition of the Israel Film Festival. It will be screened this year again to celebrate its nomination for the best foreign film at the 2019 Oscars and Golden Globes.
The film has already won many awards, including the 2018 Israeli Academy Ophir Award for Best Film, Best Director, Best Script, and Best Actress.
According to the synopsis, the film follows the story of Thomas, a young and talented German baker, who is having an affair with Oren, an Israeli married man who dies in a car crash.
Thomas travels to Jerusalem seeking answers. Keeping his secret for himself, he starts working for Anat, his lover’s widow, who owns a small café.
Although not fully kosher and despised by the religious, his delicious cakes turn the place into a city attraction.
Finding himself involved in Anat’s life in a way far BEYOND his anticipation, Thomas will stretch his lie to a point of no return.
“The Cakemaker” will be screened on November 13th at 7:15 pm at the Laemmle Ahrya Fine Arts Theatre, Beverly Hills and on November 18th at 7:15 pm at the Laemmle Town Center 5, Encino, with the appearances of its director Ofir Raul Graizer and producer Itai Tamir.
For more information, visit israelfilmfestival.com