Synopsis by Hal Erickson
How much of director Amos Guttman's own personal experiences are reflected in Drifting is open to conjecture. It is true that the film's central character, played by Jonathan Segelle, is a movie director. Already hampered by his lack of funds, Segelle has difficulty gaining acceptance in the filmmaking community because of his open homosexuality. Segelle's self-image takes a beating when he submits to the sexual overtures of a Palestinian radical. As the first Israeli film with unabashed gay themes, Drifting was the center of a storm of controversy upon its first release. Critics were quick to see, however, that the film was not designed as exploitation or titillation, and as a result championed Drifting, enabling the film to secure strong Middle-Eastern play dates.
film-director, homosexual, Palestinian [nationality], radical