GAY GEZUNT! LGBTQIA+ SPOTLIGHT
Adam Kalderon | Drama | Israel, 2021 | Hebrew w/English subtitles | 90m | R
In-Person Screening: Saturday, March 26 | 9:00 pm | AMC
Virtual Screening: Monday, March 28 – Sunday, April 10
Film: Erez, a rising swimming star aiming for a ticket to the Olympics, arrives at a godforsaken training camp where the beautiful and talented Nevo awakens his subconscious desires.
Event: Live in-person screening plus a Guest Zoom Conversation with Filmmaker Adam Kalderon (date TBD). Ticket and pass holders will receive an emailed access link one (1) hour before with instructions to join the Zoom or a link to the recording. Details >>
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THE SWIMMER International Trailerby Adam Kalderon
Speedos, water, desire… and only one ticket to the Olympics
Erez, a rising star in the Israeli swimming scene, arrives at a godforsaken training camp held in a boarding school, where the one to win the competition gets a ticket to the Olympics. There he meets the beautiful and talented Nevo, who awakens subconscious desires in him. However, their swimming coach does not believe in friendship between competitors. Warned to stay away from Nevo, Erez is still too attracted to him. In between practices, he attempts to act upon his feelings and understands that winning a medal is less important than winning Nevo’s heart.
Full Film Details:
At a godforsaken summer training camp, rising swimming star Erez competes with other young athletes to qualify for the Olympics while also coming to terms with his sexuality. His drive to win is threatened by his burgeoning desires and the discriminatory, macho sports world that surrounds him. During training, he meets the beautiful and talented Nevo, who awakens subconscious desires. However, their swimming coach does not believe in friendship between competitors. Despite the coach’s warnings to stay away from Nevo, Erez realizes that winning a medal may be less important than winning Nevo’s heart. Based on director Adam Kalderon’s own experiences as a professional swimmer on the Israeli national team, THE SWIMMER is dedicated “to a silent, disempowered, and hidden populace–gay athletes.”
Adam Kalderon lives and works in Tel Aviv as a director, screenwriter, costume designer, art director, and a video & sound artist. In 2013, he was nominated for two Israeli Academy Awards (Ophirs) for Best Art Director and Best Costume Designer for the film SIX ACTS. THE SWIMMER is Kalderon’s second feature film. View on IMDB.
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