Amos Gutman, Filmmaker

From 1977 to his untimely death in 1993, Amos Gutman directed six films, deeply personal reflections of his own life. Interviews with lovers, family and friends - including some of the most important people in Israeli cinema, tell the gripping story of a strikingly handsome, charismatic and deeply passionate gay man, who has become a revered cult figure of Israeli cinema. Interviews with the late filmmaker and fascinating footage of him on the set convey the same passion that comes through in scenes from his film, lovingly selected by documentarian Ran Kotzer. Like Fellini, Gutman transformed his dreams and everyday conversations with friends and family into integral parts of his pictures. He dared to portray subjects that were taboo in his society, and his search for the right of individual expression is the connecting link of his works. Gutman is most remarkable for his striking and original use of the frame. Every shot is a treasure. Gutman directed HIMMO, KING OF JERUSALEM, an audience favorite of the 1988 SFJFF.
Ran Kotzer was born in Haifa in 1965. He is a gradutate student at the Tel-Aviv University Faculty of the Arts, Department of Film and Television. 1998 Ido Tadmor, Documentary. The story of the Israeli dancer and choreographer Ido Tadmor. 1997 Amos Gutman, Filmmaker, Documentary. The story of the Israeli provocative and homosexual film director Amos Gutman. Haifa International Film Festival, Turin Gay & Lesbian International Film Festival Outfest - Los Angeles International Gay & Lesbian Film Festival. 1996 Positive story, Documentary. A one time glance into the world of people living with HIV an AIDS in Israel. Jerusalem International Film Festival, The Israel Film Festival - New York & Los Angeles, Paris Gay & Lesbian Film Festival, Turin Gay & Lesbian International Film Festival San Francisco Gay & Lesbian International Film Festival.
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