The All Genders, Lifestyles, and Identities Film Festival (aGLIFF) presents the award-winning Israeli drama Flawless (הנשף / HaNeshef, ‘Prom’) by directors Tal Granit and Sharon Maymon as part of aGLIFF 33: Prism. This screening is presented by the Austin Jewish Film Festival.
Flawless (הנשף / HaNeshef, ‘Prom’)
97 minutes | Israel | 2018 | Hebrew
Director: Tal Granit, Sharon Maymon
Eden a 17-year-old high school student discovers that her two best friends are planning to sell their kidneys to pay for cosmetic surgery and a dress for prom. Eden, who is secretly a trans woman, realizes that this may be the answer to her prayers. She joins the others on their journey to Kiev to exchange their kidneys for the flawless body of their dreams. Their trip does not go as planned and when Eden’s secret is exposed, all three of them need to come to terms with the prejudices they have and redefine who they really want to be in this world.
“Granit and Maymon have produced a touching and heartening film, neatly introducing issues of gender identity and body image alongside the more familiar coming of age storyline.”
From The Jerusalem Post:
“The movie is carefully made and not boring, buoyed by the charm and energy of its cast. The young actors give outstanding performances. Stav Strashko is utterly convincing as Eden, and Noam Lugasy and Netsanet Mekonen are equally winning. Mekonen has real star quality and I look forward to seeing her in more movies.”
Flawless led the Israeli Academy of Film and Television with a record of 12 total nominations for the Ophir Awards in 2018 with a record of 12 total nominations, including best picture. It went on to win for casting, costume design and makeup. It was also made Israeli cinema history when Stav Strashko became the first transgender woman nominated for the Best Actress award.
“What a happy day!” Strashko wrote on Instagram after hearing the news. “I wanted to be an actress since I can remember. And when I got the role of Eden in the movie Flawless it was a great dream come true. It is a great honor for me to be the first transgender actress to be nominated for the Best leading Actress Award at the Ophir Awards and I hope that the film will reach as many hearts as possible and will contribute to Transgender Empowerment and Love of the Different.”
aGLIFF 33: Prism WILL BE VIRTUAL! aGLIFF‘s 33rd annual film festival will be held over TWO WEEKENDS — AUGUST 6-9 AND AUGUST 13-16 — and feature over 50 feature and short films showcasing the diversity of the LGBTQ+ community.
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