Eytan Fox, one of Israel’s most acclaimed filmmakers, turns 52 today. When I interviewed him some years ago, I found him to be funny and deep. Walk on Water (2004), his most famous film, is both a social critique and a work of suspense.
It explores Israeli and Palestinian politics, the Israeli youth scene (including gay culture), and the horrific history that laid the groundwork for the Jewish state. In the interview, Fox discusses the macho ethos of his country as it relates to his experience as a veteran of the Israeli army and as a gay man. •