Strand Releasing takes North American rights to Israel's "Yossi," from director Eytan Fox. The film, which debuted at Tribeca to strong reviews, is the director's follow up to "Yossi & Jagger," and features Ohad Knoller again in the titular role. In "Yossi," he plays a lonely workaholic doctor in Tel Aviv who is sent on vacation by his boss; when he meets a group of soldiers, he is shaken awake.
Strand also released "Yossi & Jagger" in 2003 and Knoller's "The Bubble" in 2005. They will bring the film to fall festivals before an early 2013 theatrical release. Here's TOH's David D'Arcy on the Premiere at Tribeca, Sell at Cannes Israeli model.
From D'Arcy's Tribeca wrap up of recommended films:
Israel had one of the strongest delegations at Tribeca this year. "Yossi" is the sequel to "Yossi & Jagger," Fox’s 2002 drama about gay love at an Israeli army outpost. His latest follows the surviving soldier of that couple, a cardiologist, into hospital rooms and on a long journey with today’s soldiers. Poignant and clever, it’s a wry comedy, and a reflection on casualties in a country that exalts its military and lives with war.