1 Where did you get the main idea for your film?
The film is based on my personal story as a professional swimmer on the Israeli national team.
2 Why do you think it’s important that people watch your film?
THE SWIMMER is a film about a personal discovery that puts the term ‘winning’ in a new light. The film is dedicated to a silent and repressed population, gay athletes and with this film, I hope to illuminate this dark place.
3 Have you made it with a specific audience in mind?
In this film, I wanted to combine two of my favourites genres, Gay film and sports film and tell the story through a strong visual point of view that reflects Erez, the main character’s unique angle on the situation he is in. Therefore there is more than one way that the audience can experience the film. From the sports angle, the gay angle or as a film lover.
I made the film that as a young gay athlete I could never find.
4 Who are your main references in the cinematographic world? Name three directors whom you admire with all your soul.
Pedro Almodóvar, Douglas Sirk ,John Cassavetes. Pedro Almodóvar’s colourful melodramatic visions were the catalyst for my love of cinema and profoundly affected me.
5 What expectations do you have for the screener of the film?
I hope the film reaches as many people as possible, inspires those who watch it, and makes them feel a little less alone in celebrating the victory of passion.
6 What would you say to people who have just seen your film?
To tell their friends about it 🙂
7 Do you think that LGBTQ+ film festivals are still necessary? Why?
LGBTQ+ film festivals are an important stage that gives the ability to focus on disadvantaged minorities and sectors, tell their story, and bring them up for discussion.
8 What are your plans? What’s next?
My next film is an intense spectacle that expresses pre-cultural barbarism and pagan beliefs, happening in the desert, where I grow up. Dealing with subjects like relations, gender and specific genres is something that I have always been attracted to.
9 Which actor/actress would you like to work within future projects?
I would like to work with as many LGBTQ+ creative people as possible and tell our stories.
At one point I would like to work with that magnificent Alan Cumming.
10 At Out we are looking for the classic Lgtbq+ among the classics. What is your favourite movie of all time?
The Wasp Woman.1959 American science fiction film directed by Roger Corman, one of the pioneers of independent film.
I love the way the film deals with the science run amok and the fruitless human search for eternal youth. The film portrays the ageing but still glamorous spokesmodel and head of a cosmetics company that becomes obsessed with her look.
THE SWIMMER (Adam Kalderon, 2021): Erez, a rising star in the Israeli swimming scene, arrives at a godforsaken training camp held in a boarding school, where the one to win the competition gets a ticket to the Olympics. There he meets the beautiful and talented Nevo, who awakens subconscious desires in him. However, their swimming coach does not believe in friendship between competitors. Warned to stay away from Nevo, Erez is still too attracted to him. In between practices, he attempts to act upon his feelings and understands that winning a medal is less important than winning Nevo’s heart.
Director: Adam Kalderon
Photo: Ofer Inov
Music: The Penelopes
Sound: Shahaf Wagshall
Art director: Udi Tugendreich
Editor: Guy Nemesh
Producer: Naama Pyritz
Cast: Omer Perelman, Asaf Jonas, Ofek Cohen, Roy Reshef, Gal Reznik.
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5th Mostra Out, del 14th-18th de June