2010 | 56 MIN.
Hebrew, English, German
Israel

I Shot My Love credits

I Shot My Love

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.

credits

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

synopsis

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.

credits

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

press

“… The film talks about sexuality and love, without falling into all the clichés.”

Tal Levin, Haaretz

“The are no heroic events in the film… daily images get together and connect into a fascianating, elegiac story.”

Beni Mar, Haaretz

“Relevant film…a work of art that suits everyone and speaks a universal language.”

Avner Nino, Makor Rishon

“Tomer approaches the world with curiosity and love, that makes his films truely touching.”

Hadas Gilad, Yediot Ahronot


PRESS LINKS

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)

FESTIVALS & AWARDS
  • Best Mid-length Award – Hot Docs Film Festival
  • Audience Choice Award – Taiwan Documentary International Film Festival
  • Best Documentary – Side By Side GLBT Film Festival
  • Best Documentary – Official Best of Fest Awards
  • Best Documentary – Madrid GLBT Film Festival
  • Best Director – Madrid GLBT Film Festival
  • Special Jury Mention – Queer Lisboa GLBT Film Festival
  • Best Film 2010 Award – Warsaw Jewish Film Festival
  • Audience Award – Side by Side Russian Summer Tour in Tomsk
  • Best Documentary – Zinegoak Film Festival
  • Best International Documentary – Astra International Film Festival of Documentary
  • The Grand Prix “Dragoslav Antonijevic” – International Festival of Ethnological Film
  • Berlinale 2010 – Premiere
  • HotDocs Film Festival
  • Dok.Fest Munchen Film Festival
  • DokuFest Documentary Film Festival, Kosovo
  • Queer Screen Documentary Film Festival, Australia
  • Hamburg GLBT Film Festival
  • Dok/Fest Sheffield Documentary Film Festival
  • TLVFest, Israel
  • Barcelona GLBT Film Festival
  • ETHNOCINECA, Austria

Heymann Workshop, Exile Room, Greece, May 2015

 

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