Acclaimed Israeli director Eytan Fox brings to life a modern fable with a catchy musical message and a story based on the songs of Israeli pop legend Svika Pick. Miriam (Maya Dagan) is an adoring fan of Svika Pick (who appears as himself). She dreams of being a famous singer, leading her to mysteriously abandon her son Meir (Ido Rosenberg) on his tenth birthday. Both Meir and his best school friend Shuli—who happens to be a beautiful girl—have their eye on the same gorgeous guy. But despite worthy distractions, Meir never stops searching for his mother, eventually moving to Tel Aviv and becoming famous as a drag queen named Mary Lou. The songs never stop coming as Meir/Mary Lou discovers he needs to find himself even more than his mother.
More thoughtful than Glee and as spirited as Mamma Mia!, Mary Lou is a top-notch musical with a serious message. The film features the ebullient music of Svika Pick—who composed the Eurovision award-winning song Diva, made famous by singer Dana International.
Eytan Fox’s new drama Mary Lou was produced by Dana Eden and Shula Spiegel for Dana Productions and Hot. Mary Lou was released in Israel as a four part television series and garnered the equivalent of the Israeli Emmy Award for best miniseries in 2010. The drama, which in its entirety runs 150 minutes, will be released as a single dramatic film in the United States and Canada, and to festivals and broadcasters internationally. –Nancy Fishman Film Releasing
Eytan Fox (Hebrew: איתן פוקס) (born on August 21, 1964) is an Israeli film director.
Fox was born in New York City and moved with his family to Israel when he was two. His father, Seymour Fox, was a Conservative rabbi and a leading professor of Jewish education at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. His mother, Sara Kaminker-Fox, was the head of the Jerusalem city council and involved in Jerusalem urban planning. Fox has two brothers, David and Danny. He grew up in Jerusalem, served in the army, and studied at Tel Aviv University’s School of Film and Television. He is openly gay and many of his films contain themes of homosexuality, as well as the effect the Israeli–Palestinian conflict has on interpersonal relationships.
Fox, who is openly gay, and his partner, Gal Uchovsky, have been together for over 18 years. They are also professional collaborators, Uchovsky, a writer and journalist, is involved in much of the scriptwriting for Fox’s movies. —Wikipedia read more