Coming straight from an exciting film festival run as Audience Award Winner at SXSW, Best Documentary at Sofia International Film Festival, Audience Choice at IDFA and San Francisco Film Festival, BFI London Film Festival, HotDocs, Full Frame and more, Abramorama is thrilled to bring you MR. GAGA.
Tomer Heymann’s MR. GAGA is a unique documentary experience that tells the story of the internationally acclaimed choreographer Ohad Naharin, who created the daring form of dance and “movement language” Gaga. When he was 22, he was invited to perform with the prestigious Martha Graham dance company, and attended Juilliard and the School of American Ballet simultaneously. Moving back to Israel, Naharin became the Artistic Director of the Batsheva Dance Company, developing gaga within his own ensemble.
Meeting him at a critical turning point in his personal life, this spirited and insightful documentary will introduce you to a man with great artistic integrity and an extraordinary vision. Mr. Gaga tells Naharin’s personal story of a controversial, political, and always entertaining figure, and his constant battle for artistic perfection. Heymann weaves a marvelous tale of what it takes to be a genius, the exhausting toll dance can take on its performers, and finally, the beauty that art can bring to this world.
At Cinema Without Borders we recommend this amazing and beautiful documentary about dance and life.
Awards & Festival Selections:
Winner: Audience Award, Documentary Spotlight, 2016 SXSW Film Festival
Winner: Audience Award, 2016 Aspen Filmfest
Winner: Audience Award (3rd place), 2015 Amsterdam International Documentary Film Festival
Nominated: 2017 Cinema Eye Honors Awards, US
Nominated: 2016 European Film Awards
Nominated: 2016 Awards of the Israeli Film Academy
Official Selection: 2016 Hot Docs Canadian International Documentary Festival
Official Selection: 2016 Munich International Documentary Festival
Official Selection: 2016 Seattle International Film Festival
Official Selection: 2016 Shanghai International Film Festival
Official Selection: 2016 T- Mobile New Horizons International Film Festival, Poland
Official Selection: 2015 London Film Festival
Tomer Heymann was born in Kfar Yedidia in Israel in 1970 and has directed many documentary films and series in the past ten years, most of them long-term follow-ups and personal documentations. His films won major awards at different prestigious film festivals including his first film “It Kinda Scares Me”. “Paper Dolls” won three awards at the 2006 Berlin Film Festival and the audience’s award at the Los Angeles Festival. The film and TV series “Bridge over the Wadi”, co-produced with the American ITVS, won the Israeli Documentary Film competition, participated in IDFA Festival’s prestigious competition and won many awards around the world. Tomer’s new 8-part series “The Way Home” was recently broadcasted by the Yes Doco Channel in Israel and won the best documentary series award at the 2009 Jerusalem International Film Festival.