2015 | 100 MIN.
ENGLISH/HEBREW
Germany, Israel, Netherlands, Sweden

Mr. Gaga

Mr. Gaga

Enter the world of Ohad Naharin, renowned choreographer and artistic director of the Batsheva Dance Company.

synopsis

Ohad Naharin, artistic director of the Batsheva Dance Company, is regarded as one of the most important choreographers in the world. Meeting him at a critical turning point in his personal life, this spirited and insightful documentary will introduce you to a man of great artistic integrity and extraordinary vision.

In this documentary that was filmed over a period of eight years, director Tomer Heymann mixes intimate rehearsal footage with an extensive unseen archive and breathtaking dance sequences. The result is the story of an artistic genius that is guaranteed to make your heart skip a beat.

credits

Director: TOMER HEYMANN
Producer: BARAK HEYMANN
Executive producer: DIANA HOLTZBERG
Cinematography: ITAI RAZIEL
Editing: ALON GREENBERG, IDO MOCHRIK, RON OMER
Original music: ISHAI ADAR
Sound design: ALEX CLAUDE
Artistic advisors: PIA FORSGREN/RONI AZGAD,
TALLI VERNIA HATSOR
Research: LILY YUDINSKY, DANIELA REISS, TALI SHAMIR-WERZBERGER

With the support of :
ZDF / ARTE / AVRO / CHANNEL 8-ISRAEL / SVT / NEW ISRAELI FUND FOR TV AND CINEMA / FAMILY ROBERT WEIL FOUNDATION / THE FOUNDATION FOR JEWISH CULTURE MIFAL HAPAIS

press

“This film is intoxicating. All you want when it ends is to see more of it. And before you know it, you start moving…”
Wim Wenders, Director

“A Feast of Art and Emotion.”
Wim Wenders, Director

“Highly Recommended”
New York Times

“Electric…riveting…choreographic brilliance…striking performance footage…excellent. The most exciting documentary for fans of edgier modern dance since ‘Pina’. “
Variety


PRESS LINKS

26 January 2017  New York Times: “…Highly recommended.” (USA)

9 February 2017  LA TimesMr. Gaga Review: “If you are familiar with his mesmerizing work, nothing more need be said … if you’re not, this feast of dance illustrates why others are.” (USA)

October 2016  Dagens Nyheter recension“Masterpiece, Cinematic dance magic , ★★★★★ ”  (Sweden)

24 March 2016 Variety:  Film Review: Mr. Gaga (USA)

27 March 2016   Toute La Culture: Magnificent Portrait of The Choreographer Ohad Naharin By Tomer Heymann (France)

30 December 2015 Jerusalem Post:  The year’s 10 best movies (Israel)

5 February 2017 Indiewire: ‘Mr. Gaga’ Review: A Lyrical Portrait of Visionary Choreographer Ohad Naharin (USA)

3 February 2017 Hollywood Reporter: ‘Mr. Gaga’ Film Review “A fascinating portrait of an artistic gadfly.” (USA)

1 February 2017 CBC Radio: Interview with Ohad Naharin: How Ohad Naharin explores physicality through the Gaga movement (USA)

31 January 2017 Huffington Post: Interview with Ohad Naharin: Going Gaga Over Ohad Naharin (USA)

29 January 2017 Hollywood SOAPBOX: INTERVIEW: Director Tomer Heymann digs deep to find Ohad Naharin, aka ‘Mr. Gaga’ (USA)

FESTIVALS & AWARDS
  • Helsinki IFF
  • Final Nominee For Best Documentary Film – European Film Academy Awards
  • Audience Award  SXSW
  • Best Dance Film ex-eaquo Prize  – MEDIAWAVE IFF
  • International Documentary Award  Tempo IDFF
  • Best Documentary Award – Sofia IFF
  • Special Jury Award and Audience Choice Award  IDFF CRONOGRAF
  • Public Award for Best Documentary – Sao Paolo IFF
  • RIDM  WOMEN INMATES’ AWARD  SPECIAL MENTION   RIDM Montreal IDFF
  • Best Documentary Award – Montreal Israeli FF
  • Audience Award – Tirana IDFF 
  • Audience Award – Aspen FF
  • Audience Award  Reykjavik IFF

  • IDFA Amsterdam IDFF
  • Hotdocs IDFF
  • San Francisco IFF
  • Dokfest Munich IDFF
  • Transilvania IFF
  • Sheffield Doc/Fest
  • Sydney IFF
  • Shanghai International Film Festival
  • New Horizons IFF
  • Helsinki IFF

 

Director's Notes

The seeds for this film were planted about 20 years ago, when I first saw Naharin’s Batsheva Dance Group on stage. My head and my heart experienced a giant upheaval, like a superb cocktail of alcohol and drugs, but without the alcohol and without the drugs. A continuum of movement, music, energy, sexuality, sensuality, and dancers who you could fall in love with without knowing why. From that evening on, I became an obsessive consumer of Batsheva’s art of dance. Naharin is a tough nut to crack, very complex and contradictory character, which makes him a fascinating subject for a documentary film image.

– Tomer Heymann

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