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"Mary Lou" Finds a Release Through Nancy Fishman Film

By Indiewire Staff | Indiewire January 19, 2011 at 4:31AM

Industry veteran Nancy Fishman launches her new distribution company, Nancy Fishman Film Releasing, with Eytan Fox's "Mary Lou." The new drama from the Israeli director was originally released as a four part television series in its home country, winning Israel's national award for Best Miniseries in 2010. The series has been edited together and will be released as a 150 minute feature film in North America and international festivals.
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Industry veteran Nancy Fishman launches her new distribution company, Nancy Fishman Film Releasing, with Eytan Fox's "Mary Lou." The new drama from the Israeli director was originally released as a four part television series in its home country, winning Israel's national award for Best Miniseries in 2010. The series has been edited together and will be released as a 150 minute feature film in North America and international festivals.

Following trends in contemporary musicals like "Glee" and "Mamma Mia," Fox's work features music by Israeli pop star Svika Pick in a story about a boy's search for his wayward mother. The boy's search eventually leads him to a new identity in Tel Aviv - as a drag queen named Mary Lou.

“I really enjoyed working with Eytan Fox when I released his first film 'Time Off' through Frameline Distribution,” said distributor Nancy Fishman about the deal.  "I have had the pleasure of programming his work over the years and I am thrilled to be working with him and Gal Uchovsky again on 'Mary Lou.'

Below is the full release:

NANCY FISHMAN LAUNCHES DISTRIBUTION SHINGLE “NANCY FISHMAN FILM RELEASING” AND ACQUIRES EYTAN FOX’S DRAMA MARY LOU
A MUSICAL ABOUT A YOUNG MAN WITH BIG DREAMS FEATURING THE MUSIC OF ISRAELI MUSICIAN SVIKA PICK

(Oakland, California)—Veteran film programmer, distributor and publicist Nancy K. Fishman is launching Nancy Fishman Film Releasing with the acquisition of Israeli director Eytan Fox’s (THE BUBBLE, WALK ON WATER, YOSSI& JAGGER) new drama MARY LOU. 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.

Acclaimed Israeli director Eytan Fox brings to life a modern fable with a catchy musical message. If the series Glee and the musical Mama Mia had an Israeli love child, it would be MARY LOU. The film features the ebullient music of Svika Pick—who composed the Eurovision award-winning song Diva, made famous by singer Dana International. Miriam (Maya Dagan), an adoring fan of Israeli pop legend Svika Pick (who appears as himself), 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. 

“I really enjoyed working with Eytan Fox when I released his first film TIME OFF through Frameline Distribution,” said Nancy Fishman.  I have had the pleasure of programming his work over the years and I am thrilled to be working with him and Gal Uchovsky again on MARY LOU.

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