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A film about a romance between Israeli and Palestinian men has been nominated for a prize by one of the most influential gay organizations in the US. 'The Bubble,' a drama based in Tel Aviv and directed by Israeli filmmaker Eytan Fox, has been named one of five contenders in the limited release film category at the 19th Annual Media Awards of the Gay and Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation. The nomination marks the third time a film by Fox has been recognized by GLAAD, which will hand out its 2008 awards March 22 in New York. The prizes honor films, television series and works of print and TV journalism that promote "a truly inclusive society," GLAAD President Neil G. Giuliano said in a press statement released Monday.
'The Bubble,' about a group of gay and straight 20-somethings in Tel Aviv, focuses on the relationship between Noam (Ohad Knoller) and Ashraf (Yousef Sweid), an Israeli reservist and a West Bank resident who meet at a checkpoint and reunite on Tel Aviv's trendy Sheinkin Street. The film was previously nominated by the Israeli Film Academy, and took two prizes at last year's Berlin International Film Festival.
Other nominees for this year's GLAAD prizes include TV series 'Desperate Housewives,' 'The Sarah Silverman Program' and 'The Oprah Winfrey Show.'