Cupcakes begins by introducing the main characters: Efrat (Efrat Dor), an alternative musician; Anat (Anat Waxman), the baker; Dana (Dana Igvy), a civil servant; Yael (Yael Bar-Zohar) a beauty queen and lawyer; Keren (Keren Berger), a blogger; and Ofer, a gay teacher. Ofer (Ofer Shechter) is the only male member of the group. When the group of friends gets together, to watch Universong, a Eurovision-style contest, they are unimpressed with the official Israeli entry. Anat, whose husband has left her, is particularly upset and so Efrat leads the others in an unplanned serenade, which he subsequently records on a mobile phone. He later submits this to the Universong selection committee without the knowledge of the other participants.
The committee chooses the song as the next entry for Israeli and as each neighbour finds out, their insecurities start to appear. Efrat worries that her musical integrity will be affected; Anat is frightened of looking a fool; Dana does not want her father disapproving of her; and Yael is protective of her professional reputation; Keren, who as a blogger was anonymous, fears losing this anonymity. Eventually they all overcome their worries and compete at the Universong final under the name Anat’s Bakery in direct competition with the Russian entry.
“Israeli helmer Eytan Fox’s candy-colored musical is an endearingly goofy celebration of the right to be yourself.”
— Ronnie Scheib, Variety
“Eytan Fox’s musical comedy about a bunch of Israelis who are surprise song-contest entrants has a big dollop of Almodóvar thrown in”
— Dee Rudebeck, The Guardian
“Director Eytan Fox’s enjoyably kitschy Israeli confection celebrates and satirises TV song contests.”
— David Parkinson, Radio Times
Did You Know?
In Cupcakes, the song written by the group in the film A Song for Anat was actually written by Babydaddy from the Scissor Sisters. Director Etyan Fox grew up in Jerusalem and remembers how his mother used to invite all the neighbours round to watch the Eurovision Song Contest at their apartment. This together with the fact that he worked as a reporter, as a teenager, at the 1978 Eurovision Song Contest, inspired the story for the film Cupcakes. Etyan Fox’s partner Gal Uchovsky was a judge on the Israeli version of American Idol. Review our Gay Themed Films Here