A Safe Place

1977 | Coming Out / Jewish / Sexuality / Youth (18 & Under) | 29m | Israel
Directors: Amos Gutman

Acclaimed Israeli Director Amos Gutman's first short film explores a high school boy’s struggle with his emerging sexual identity. Danny fakes a stomach ache so that he can avoid playing football and go to the cinema. His perspective is that of a young man on the verge of discovering his sexuality; the world is filled with straight couples and the longing stares of gay men. In a dream sequence reminiscent of Sleeping Beauty , his tentative touch wakes a naked man and signifies his own awakening. Having first avoided a gay sexual encounter in the cinema, he returns there to find whatever the promise of the dark theater holds. This short is a wonderful story of sexuality, individuality and adulthood.