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One Israeli Creation for the Weekend

by Noga Gur-Arieh

April 5, 2013 | 1:36 pm

Bananot- the official poster

Six neighbors (Five women and one man,) gather every year to watch the a worldwide, TV broadcast song contest, Universong. In their latest gathering, they discover that Anat, a member of the gang, was just left by her husband. In a moment of friendship, they spontaneously compose a song for her, and then sing it together, in order to cheer her up. Ofer, the only guy in the group, films the impromptu performance and, as a joke, sends it to the Universong Israeli selection committee. Surprisingly, the song is chosen to represent Israel in the contest, which leaves each member of the group with the decision of weather go with the show and get the dream, or pass the life hanging opportunity in order to maintain the existing lifestyle. The six neighbors may be friends, but they are all very different people, with different life courses and different risks to take…

Unlike many Israeli films, Cupcakes (or Bananot, in Hebrew) which was released in theaters last month, is a light movie, not dealing with war, religion or the Palestinian- Israeli conflict. This is a simple, light, almost carefree, relaxing comedy, with a fun soundtrack, an excellent cast, and a beautiful artwork. I, personally, enjoyed every minute, and just had to recommend!

The film was directed by the very respected Israeli director, Eytan Fox, and it stars our very best of actors and actresses: Anat Waxman, Keren Berger, Yael Bar- Zohar, Ofer Shechter, Efrat Dor, Dana Ivgi, Lior Ashkenazi and Edouard Baer.

Enjoy the theme songs (and the selected song to represent Israel at the fictional Universong contest): Song for Anat

 

The movie trailer (in Hebrew)

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