United States 2013, 101 min, English, Hebrew subtitles
Al Pacino played him in “Dog Day Afternoon”, but behind the Hollywood version of John Wojtowicz lies a complex character, hard to untangle yet captivating. Back in 1972, he committed the weirdest armed robbery in the history of New York, when he walked into a bank waving a gun and demanded a quarter of a million dollars. Thousands of people cheered him in the street. “I’m the gay Babe Ruth,” he said with a smile. “I beat the fucking system”.
This is the incredible story of a man who fought in Vietnam, discovered his homosexuality in the army, married two women and two men and slept with dozens of others, became a militant activist in the fight for gay rights, was imprisoned, raped, tried to commit suicide and got ill. Yet “If I would’ve known how it all ended”, he declares, “I wouldn’t change a thing.”
Previous Festivals: Toronto, New York Film Festival, Berlinale