3-Minute Interview: Yiftach Mizrahi

The Israeli dancer stars in “Antarctica,” his first feature film, which screens at the Victoria Theater tonight as part of the Frameline San Francisco International LGBT Film Festival.

What’s “Antarctica” about? Love, I guess. It’s a romantic comedy drama with lots of little interruptions from other genres, and it has a wacky side to it. It’s an ensemble movie, which means there are a lot of main characters, of which I’m one, and we have a lot of boys and two girls — all gay, of course.

What’s unusual about the movie? This is the first Israeli gay romantic comedy, and in terms of independent gay feature films, this is the first to happen in Israel. The gay film industry only in the past few years is starting to bloom in Israel. It’s quite a challenge because in Israel you don’t have too much support or funds or culture to absorb such a film — our gay film festival is only three years old.

What character do you play? I play Danny, a young dancer involved with his choreographer and trying to protect himself growing up in a city on his own.

Did you enjoy filming? Very much. I had 10 full on-set days that were a blast. It was super tiring and sometimes super complicated with 10 main characters, 27 locations and 199 scenes. It got all blurry, but there was lots of fun.

How long have you been in SanFrancisco? Since September, but I’m leaving soon. I came here for a year to go to the San Francisco Academy of Ballet.

Where was “Antarctica” filmed? Tel Aviv.

How does Tel Aviv compare with San Francisco? In terms of the gay community, there’s a lot in common. Everyone knows everyone, sometimes fortunately and sometimes unfortunately. They both feel like the city is one big neighborhood in that you know all the streets and where the people live.

jupton@sfexaminer.com

Bay Area NewsLocal

If you find our journalism valuable and relevant, please consider joining our Examiner membership program.
Find out more at www.sfexaminer.com/join/

Just Posted

SFPD Officer Nicholas M. Buckley is shown here after a use-of-force incident in November 2014 (DPA records)
SF police return officer to patrol despite false testimony

A San Francisco police officer accused of fabricating a reason for arresting… Continue reading

A nurse draws up a dose of the Moderna COVID-19 vaccine at the Mission neighborhood COVID-19 vaccine site on Monday, Feb. 1, 2021. (Kevin N. Hume/S.F. Examiner)
SF expands vaccine eligiblity, but appointments ‘limited’

San Francisco expanded eligibility for COVID-19 vaccinations Wednesday but appointments remain limited… Continue reading

The now-shuttered Cliff House restaurant overlooks Ocean Beach people at Ocean Beach on Tuesday, Feb. 23, 2021. (Sebastian Miño-Bucheli / Special to the S.F. Examiner)
History buffs working to keep Cliff House collection in public view

Funds needed to buy up historic building’s contents at auction

Perceived supply and demand in the Bay Area’s expensive rental market can play a big part in determining what people pay. (Shutterstock)
Bay Area rental market rebound — why?

Hearing about people leaving town can have as big an effect as actual economic factors

AC/DC guitarist Angus Young, center, says the band has been “lucky” throughout its long career. <ins>(Courtesy Josh Cheuse)</ins>
AC/DC’s Angus Young: We ‘keep it basic’

Rockers’ 17th album is ‘Power Up’

Most Read