(Photo Credits: Screengrab from BFI’s Official YouTube Account)

Spring 2022 is finally here! What is your favorite activity for spring break, guys? What are your favorite spring break destinations? Do you, by any chance, love going to the beach?

Having said all that, there’s an upcoming film called The Swimmer (2021, Adam Kalderon). Nope, there won’t be any beaches, probably, I have yet to see the movie myself, and it’s just a trailer for now, but it’s about swimming, so we’ll be seeing hunky swimmers, and of course, gay romance.

In The Swimmer, a group of talented young men gathers in an elite training camp to train and earn for a spot on the Israeli Olympic swimming team. There, Erez (played by actor Omer Perelman Striks), meets fellow aspirant Nevo (played by Asaf Jonas), and sparks fly between the two. Would swimming get in the way of their romance?

The film also stars Ofek Cohen as Dan, Roy Reshef as Nadav, Gal Reznik as Dema, and Yarden Tusia-Cohen as Liat. It has previously been shown in the following film festivals: Merlinka International Queer Film Festival 2021, Miami Jewish Film Festival 2022, and the Jerusalem Film Festival 2021 where Omer Perelman Striks won The Anat Pirchi Award for Best Actor award. 

Take a look at the film’s blurb from BFI’s official YouTube account:

When a young athlete falls for one of his competitors, he is faced with some big decisions, in this smart and sexy tale of forbidden love.

Having earned himself a coveted spot at an elite training camp, talented swimmer Erez finds himself thrust into an unforgiving world of sporting rivalry, battling against his peers for a place on the Israeli Olympic swimming team.

Erez is single-minded in his athletic ambition, until he meets handsome fellow swimmer Nevo, with whom he forms an undeniable connection. But this ultra-competitive environment does not tolerate such distractions and Erez is soon warned by his exacting coach to stay away from Nevo – something Erez comes to understand is impossible.

A thrilling blend of sports movie and love story, Adam Kalderon’s stylish coming-of-age tale is fraught with heady drama and smouldering sexual tension – not to mention a healthy dose of men in speedos, if that happens to be your thing.

Happy viewing!

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