Seventy years after his grandfather escapes from Nazi Germany to Palestine, Israeli documentary director Tomer Heymann returns to the country of his ancestors, and there meets a man who will change his life.
Tomer Heymann an Israeli documentary film director comes to the country of his ancestors to present his film “Paper Dolls” at the Berlin International Film Festival, and there meets a man who will change his life.
This 48-hour love affair, originating in Berghain Panorama Bar, develops into a significant relationship between Tomer and Andreas Merk, a German dancer. When Andreas 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 and his personal connection to it as a German citizen.
Tomer’s mother, descendent of German immigrants was born and lived all her life in a small Israeli village, where she raised five sons. One by one, she watches her children leave the country she and her family helped to build, and now cannot help but try to influence the life of Tomer, the one son who remains.
Director: TOMER HEYMANN
Producer: BARAK HEYMANN, TOMER HEYMANN
Co-producer: CARL-LUDWIG RETTINGER
Commissioning Editor: SABINE ROLLBERG (WDR/ARTE)
Cinematography: TOMER HEYMANN
Editor: IDO MOCHRIK
Researcher: TALI-SHAMIR WERZBERGER
Original score: ISRAEL BRIGHT & ERAN WEITZ
With the support of:
WDR/ARTE/The New Foundation for Cinema & TV/The Jewish Theatre Stockholm/Foundation for Jewish Culture/Gesher Multicultural Film Fund
Tal Levin, Haaretz
Beni Mar, Haaretz
Avner Nino, Makor Rishon
Hadas Gilad, Yediot Ahronot
14 June 2011 Yediot Ahronot: “To love through the lense” Film review (Israel, Hebrew)
9 July 2010 Haaretz: “Bittersweet salt of the earth” Film review (Israel, Hebrew)
7 July 2010 Makor Rishon: “On the new film of Tomer Heymann” Film review (Israel, Hebrew)
5 July 2010 Haaretz: “Tomer Heymann and Philip Morris: Talking about gay men without talking about homosexuality” Film review (Israel, Hebrew)
Heymann Workshop, Exile Room, Greece, May 2015