Looking for a good film to see and/or biding your time until the new Oz movie opens on Friday? The 18th annual Seattle Jewish Film Festival is currently underway (until March 10) at various cinemas across the city, and tonight’s screening will have special interest for LGBTQ audiences.
“Melting Away” is an Israeli film from director Doron Eran that examines the difficulties of Israeli parents accepting their LGBTQ children:
This heartfelt drama follows the story of a family drawn into crisis after the parents discover their child, Assaf is secretly a cross-dresser and kick him out of the house. Years later, when the father is dying of cancer, the mother hires a private detective to track him down. Instead of a “son”, the detective finds a woman named Anna, who earns her pay dancing at gay cabarets. Will the daughter now manage to overcome the past and forgive her parents? Will the parents be able to adapt to their new daughter?
For the first time in the history of Israeli cinema, a feature film dealing with parents coping with their transgendered child. “Melting Away” has been conceived after the brutal murder at the Tel Aviv LGBT Youth Center and the deep shock felt by Doron Eran, director, and his partner, screenwriter Bili Ben Moshe after hearing of parents refusing to visit their injured kids at the hospital.
The film screens tonight, Thursday, March 7 at 8:35pm at SIFF Cinema at The Uptown. For tickets and more information on all films at the Seattle Jewish Film Festival, go here. Three Dollar Bill Cinema is a community partner on this screening…and, just a reminder that $3 Bill’s big annual fundraiser/dinner/auction, “The Birdcage” is happening April 13, 2013 at Herban Feast; get tickets NOW!