Sublet

Directed by Eytan Fox

Cast: John Benjamin Hickey, Niv Nissim

Streaming October 4–7

American-born Israeli filmmaker Eytan Fox (THE BUBBLE, YOSSI & JAGGER) makes his first English language film, starring John Benjamin Hickey (LOVE! VALOUR! COMPASSION!, MAPPLETHORPE!) as Michael, a New York Times travel writer assigned to do a piece on Tel Aviv. Looking for a less touristy perspective on life in the city, he opts to sublet a modest apartment from 25-year-old film student Tomer (Niv Nissim). When Michael realizes that Tomer has nowhere else to crash while he stays in his apartment, he invites him to stay. The generational and lifestyle differences between the two gay men makes them unlikely co-habitants and they find themselves debating their opposing values as they adjust to one another’s company. Having recently suffered a tragic loss, Michael’s subdued demeanor presents a challenge to the free-spirited and energetic Tomer, who tries to bring him out of his shell, while Michael has to fight his impulse to judge Tomer’s seeming superficiality. Their encounter gives each something they may not have found without the other and a bond that will last beyond their inevitable parting.

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