HEYMANN BROTHERS TRIBUTE 14-21/5

HEYMANN BROTHERS TRIBUTE, May 14 – 21 

Do you know the Heymann Brothers? Well, it’s time we introduced you! Spearheading one of Europe’s premier non-fiction outfits, the dynamic duo consists of filmmaker Tomer Heymann and his youngest brother director/producer Barak, household names in their native Israel and beyond. The two have produced and directed almost 30 films between them, winning awards and wowing festival crowds all over the world. Some of their best-known work includes “It Kinda Scares Me” (2001), “Bridge over the Wadi” (2005), “Paper Dolls” (2006), “I Shot My Love” (2010) and “The Queen has no Crown” (2011). Exile Room is proud to welcome one half of this dynamic duo, Tomer Heymann, who will deliver a 2-day workshop on their methodology and filmmaking sensibilities. The tribute will be complemented by four screenings, so stop by and get to know their world, on screen and in person! 

The tribute is organized with the kind support of the Embassy of Israel in Athens

 I SHOT MY LOVE (2010) 

Thursday 14/5 at 21:00 @ Exile Room

Director: Tomer Heymann/ Country: Israel, Germany / Duration: 56

Seventy years after his grandfather escaped from Nazi Germany to Palestine, Israeli documentary filmmaker Tomer Heymann returns to the country of his ancestors to present his latest film at the Berlin International Film Festival. During his stay, he meets a man who will change his life and their 48-hour love affair develops into a significant relationship. When Andreas, a dancer, decides to move to Tel-Aviv, he not only has to cope with a new partner but to manage the complex realities of life in Israel, overshadowed by his German origins. “I Shot my Love” tells a universal love story, while following the couple’s complex relationship with Tomer’s intensely Israeli mother.

Check out the trailer here

IN HEBREW, ENGLISH and GERMAN with ENGLISH SUBTITLES * FREE ENTRANCE

 THE QUEEN HAS NO CROWN (2011)  

Thursday 14/5 at 22:00 @ Exile Room

Director: Tomer Heymann/ Country: Israel / Duration: 52

Poignant meditation on family, loss, and the mental maps of homelessness. The film navigates the intimate lives of 5 brothers and their mother, over the course of a decade, through the pains of exile and the joys of family bonding. Three of the Heymann sons take their families and leave Israel in search of a better life in America. They fulfil their dreams, but shatter those of their mother. A divorcee, she is left alone in Israel with her two bachelor sons – one straight, and the other, Tomer, gay. Exploring the politics of belonging, displacement, and homosexuality, the film examines the hard decisions one Israeli family has to make and the intractable bonds that unite them in the face of complicated life choices

Check out the trailer here

IN HEBREW and ENGLISH with ENGLISH SUBTITLES  * FREE ENTRANCE

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THE QUEEN HAS NO CROWN/ Heymann family photo

 WORKSHOP, Day 1 

Saturday 16/5, 11:00-14:00 @ Exile Room

 HOW TO CHOOSE YOUR HERO 

The choice of hero in the documentary genre has a direct impact on its development and overall success. Tomer Heymann will talk about the key elements in choosing the main character of a story.

 HOW TO BUILD TRUST

Documentaries deal with real people and real stories. Consequently, the director has to keep certain moral aspects in mind while filming and, perhaps more importantly, decide how much to expose. At the same time, he has to earn the trust of his main characters in order to be able to capture intimate moments naturally and heighten the drama.

 CINEMA AS A POLITICAL AND SOCIAL TOOL 

Combining social and human rights issues with the language of film has always been a priority for Tomer and Barak – “Paper Dolls” deals with illegal workers, “Lone Samaritan” tackles the Samaritans, “It Kinda Scares Me” focuses on troubled youth. Both directors believe in achieving social change through cinema and reaching audiences through storytelling.

ATTENDANCE IS FREE OF CHARGE * THE WORKING LANGUAGE IS ENGLISH

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BARAK & TOMER HEYMANN/ Photo credit: Natan Dvir

 WORKSHOP Day 2 

Sunday 17/5, 11:00-14:00 @ Exile Room

 THE HEYMANN SECRET: DIRECTING WITH NO SCRIPT 

Barak and Tomer Heymann believe that documentary is the product of improvisation and the spontaneity of the moment. Filming without a script encourages the characters to be natural, which benefits everyone involved. When starting a project, they never really know where it will go. It’s all down to good instincts.

 THE IMPORTANCE OF THE TECHNICAL 

The technical aspects of a film can affect the development of the scene. Knowing when to bring a large crew and when the director must show up alone with nothing but a camera, is essential to maintaining the purity of the story.

 FILM DISTRIBUTION 

Which festivals to apply to, how to write the synopsis, how to edit the trailer, what to choose as the main image for the film – all of the above play a major part in defining the destiny of each documentary. Find out how to get it right!

ATTENDANCE IS FREE OF CHARGE * THE WORKING LANGUAGE IS ENGLISH 

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BRIDGE OVER THE WADI/ Photo credit: Eyal Fried

 BRIDGE OVER THE WADI (2005) 

Thursday 21/5 at 21:00 @ Exile Room

Director: Barak Heymann, Tomer Heymann/ Country: Israel / Duration: 55’

In 2004, Arab and Israeli parents embarked on a joint initiative to establish a bilingual elementary school in Israel’s Wadi Valley. Some fierce debates preceded the opening and although the initiative was idealistic and noble, the reality of it was that parents still had some major hurdles to overcome. The school, which is called Bridge over the Wadi, has room for 50 Jewish and 50 Arab students, but is located in the Arab part of the valley. The film follows students, faculty and parents as they struggle to coexist peacefully during the first exciting year. Teachers spend a lot of time teaching mutual respect, but some parents feel they’ve gone too far when students are asked to participate in each other’s religious festivities. By the end of the year however, they have succeeded in establishing a foundation, however shaky and unpredictable it may be.

Check out the trailer here

IN HEBREW with ENGLISH SUBTITLES * FREE ENTRANCE

 IT KINDA SCARES ME (2001) 

Thursday 21/5 at 22:00 @ Exile Room

Director: Tomer Heymann/ Country: Israel / Duration: 57’

This tough Israeli film concentrates on Tomer, a youth group leader in a small town near Tel Aviv who motivates a group of deliquent adolescent boys to create a play. The communal production goes through a number of shifts and changes, especially when the first writer departs abruptly for Canada. In a startling development, Tomer announces to the group that he is gay. For the straight boys in the gang, this is a shock; their process of adjustment forms a major thread in the play and the documentary. Directed by Tomer Heymann, this film has a rough-hewn vitality that perfectly matches the energy of the teenagers.

Check out the trailer here

IN HEBREW with ENGLISH SUBTITLES  * FREE ENTRANCE

 



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