Mary Lou, the latest film by acclaimed Israeli director Eytan Fox, screens several times in Boulder next week. On Wednesday, November 23 (Erev Thanksgiving), Kathryn Bernheimer leads a discussion after the 6:30 pm screening, and on Saturday, November 27, join Keshet for the screening and schmooze afterwards at the salon, where you can make new friends and enjoy some treats (co-sponsored by Keshet). The Saturday screening is part of Boulder’s queer film series, Bent Lens at the Boe.
Fox’s earlier films Yossi and Jagger and Walk on Water have been shown at the Boulder JCC, and The Bubble screened at Limmud Colorado. Mary Lou follows the story of a famous drag queen in search of her mother and has been called “the Israeli Glee“. Kathryn Bernheimer calls Fox “one of my favorite Israeli directors” and adds,
Mary Lou” is his first musical. But it shares many qualities with his earlier films, all of which are humane, deeply felt, compelling, deadly serious yet life-affirming. Like his previous films, Mary Lou does not shy from the painful realities of life, but is ultimately uplifting. There is an audacious spirit in Fox’s films, and the infectious soundtrack that drives the overtly emotional story in Mary Lou captures this flamboyance well. Fox is maturing as a filmmaker, and is becoming stylistically more sophisticated with each film.
I applaud the Boedecker Theater for booking this high octane Israeli drama, and for partnering with Bent Lens and Keshet. If you haven’t yet been to the Boe, you are in for a treat.”
To read the Forward review of “Mary Lou,” click here.
Both screenings are at the “Boe” – Boedecker Theater at the Dairy Center for the Arts, 2590 Walnut Street, Boulder. Cost: $10 regular, $8 seniors/student. Purchase tickets on the Dairy website.