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2020 | 66 MIN.
Hebrew, English, French, Italian
Israel, Poland

High Maintenance synopsis

High Maintenance

As he approaches 90, Dani Karavan embarks on an emotional, political journey. En route, the complex and fascinating character of one of the greatest artists of our time is revealed.

synopsis

Israeli artist Dani Karavan has created nearly 100 environmental installations all across the world. He has won some of the most prestigious international art awards and is constantly asked to speak or lecture about his groundbreaking work.

Yet Karavan is far from satisfied. His monumental structures are rapidly deteriorating. His advanced age is starting to catch up with him. The political climate in his country is driving him mad, as does the director of the documentary being made about him, whose questions betray his infuriating artistic ignorance. In addition, Karavan becomes embroiled in a serious political and artistic conflict over his latest commission, a monument to Polish nationals who had risked their lives saving Jews during World War Two.

“High Maintenance” is a cinematic reflection of its namesake. It is a straightforward, yet intricate film, emotional and personal without being melodramatic, and as painful as it is humorous and passionate.

credits
Director & Producer: BARAK HEYMANN
Co- Director & Cinematographer: LUKASZ KONOPA
Editor: SHIRA HOCHMAN
Original Music: ALBERTO SHWARTZ, JANEK DUSZYNSKI
Sound Design & Mix: AVIV ALDEMA
Researcher: TALI SHAMIR-WERZBERGER
synopsis

Israeli artist Dani Karavan has created nearly 100 environmental installations all across the world. He has won some of the most prestigious international art awards and is constantly asked to speak or lecture about his groundbreaking work.

Yet Karavan is far from satisfied. His monumental structures are rapidly deteriorating. His advanced age is starting to catch up with him. The political climate in his country is driving him mad, as does the director of the documentary being made about him, whose questions betray his infuriating artistic ignorance. In addition, Karavan becomes embroiled in a serious political and artistic conflict over his latest commission, a monument to Polish nationals who had risked their lives saving Jews during World War Two.

“High Maintenance” is a cinematic reflection of its namesake. It is a straightforward, yet intricate film, emotional and personal without being melodramatic, and as painful as it is humorous and passionate.

FESTIVALS & AWARDS

Awards

  • Best Editing at Jerusalem Film Festival | Israel

 

Festivals

  • Jerusalem Film Festival (in competition) 2020 | Israel
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