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.

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