Take risks and follow your dreams: your friends will always be by your side. These are the principles that Cupcakes, a 2013 Israeli musical comedy, wants to teach us.
Cupcakes (bananot in Hebrew), presented at the 2013 Jewish International Film Festival and winner of the 2013 Iris Prize Best Feature Award, is a delicious comedy about love, life and friendship.
Set in Tel Aviv and in Paris, this is the story of six neighbours – five women and a gay man – who have an annual appointment to watch together a Eurovision-style contest. During the viewing, they improvise a song to cheer up Anat (Anat Waxman), whose husband has just left her. Ofer (Ofer Schecter) records it with his telephone and, as a joke, decides to send it to the international contest. The song has great success and, to their surprise, it becomes Israel’s official entry in the next competition.
Director Eytan Fox refreshes the traditional Israeli musical comedy with an outstanding cast and marvellous production design. The funny scripts, matched with popular 70s disco hits, make this movie one of the sweetest and most delightful of the year. It takes you back to “long gone days of innocence, the days you borrowed a cup of sugar from your neighbour and stayed for a coffee”.
Cupcakes is a colourful movie to enjoy: it highlights the importance of relationships that can overcome every complication.
Cupcakes is released nationwide on 18th April 2014.
Watch the trailer for Cupcakes here: