By Sandra Carlino and Jessica Mata, NYU Florence students
On October 9, 2012, NYU students had the opportunity to join film director and NYU Tel Aviv professor Eytan Fox for breakfast at Villa La Pietra. The casual atmosphere of the breakfast encouraged students to ask questions about his past and journey to success.
Mr. Fox proved to be an extremely passionate person – whether he was speaking about the love he has for his city, Tel Aviv, or about his friends and family. In a series of humorous anecdotes, students learned of the cultural differences his family faced after moving from New York to Israel. He spoke of his time in the military and how his connections with New York inspired him to pursue a career in film. Mr. Fox didn’t monopolize the conversation. He made it a point to inquire about students’ interests and reasons for attending. The discussion that ensued developed into an inspiring explanation of what success means to him, the difficulties of reaching personal goals, and the realization that neither are necessarily correlated with money and fame. Students were pleasantly surprised that the intimate setting allowed them to get to know Mr. Fox personally and gain insight to cultural aspects of Israeli film making.