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m-appeal_THE SWIMMER


by Adam Kalderon

Israel, 2021, 90'

Speedos, water, desire… and only one ticket to the Olympics

Erez, a rising star in the Israeli swimming scene, arrives at a godforsaken training camp held in a boarding school, where the one to win the competition gets a ticket to the Olympics. There he meets the beautiful and talented Nevo, who awakens subconscious desires in him. However, their swimming coach does not believe in friendship between competitors. Warned to stay away from Nevo, Erez is still too attracted to him. In between practices, he attempts to act upon his feelings and understands that winning a medal is less important than winning Nevo’s heart.



Best Actor Award (Omer Perelman Striks) - Jerusalem FF 2021
Critics Award - Miami Jewish FF 2022


Jerusalem FF 2021
Guadalajara IFF 2021
Taipei Golden Horse FF 2021
Melbourne Queer FF 2021
Black Nights FF - Youth and Children’s FF Just Film 2021
Chéries - Chéris Paris 2021
Sports FF 2021
Merlinka International Queer FF 2021
Palm Springs Int’l FF 2022
Miami Jewish FF 2022
Atlanta Jewish FF 2022
BFI Flare: London LGBT FF 2022
Roze Filmdagen 2022
Lovers IFF 2022
Mostra FIRE!! 2022
Mix México 2022
Queer FF Tirana 2022
Slovak Queer FF 2022
Queer Movie Nights Athens 2023
Festival House of Tolerance 2023
Rainbow Sports FF (Danish Film Institute) 2024

Cast & Crew

With: Omer Perelman, Asaf Jonas, Ofek Cohen, Roy Reshef, Gal Reznik

Ingenue Productions

Adam Kalderon

Adam Kalderon is a film director and scriptwriter. Born in Kibbutz Be’eri in 1981. His first feature film Marzipan Flowers (2014) won Best Independent Film at the 2014 Jerusalem Film Festival, it was nominated for the Israeli Academy awards and screened in many festivals around the world. The film was screened in Lev cinemas. The Swimmer (2021) is his second feature film.