Below is information regarding the 2016 St. Louis International Film Festival. The 2017 festival will take place Nov. 2-12, 2017. Submissions are now open.

Mr. Gaga

Schedule

Sunday, Nov. 6 at 7:00pm

Ohad Naharin, artistic director of Israel’s Batsheva Dance Company, is regarded as one of the most important choreographers in the world. Profiling Naharin at a critical turning point in his personal life, “Mr. Gaga” introduces viewers to a man who combines an unshakable artistic integrity with an extraordinary vision. Filmed over a period of eight years, the film extensively chronicles Naharin’s fascinating history, which starts in Israel; includes a long stretch in the U.S. with Martha Graham, the Juilliard School, the School of American Ballet, and his own company; and eventually returns to his homeland, where the choreographer heads Batsheva and occasionally courts political controversy. Woven into all of this is a moving, tumultuous romance with his wife, a principal with Alvin Ailey, who gives up her burgeoning NYC career to go to Israel, where she never feels entirely comfortable. The film’s title refers to the style of dance that Naharin pioneers — dubbed “Gaga” — and he serves an impassioned evangelist for its benefit to non-dancers. Acclaimed director Tomer Heymann (“I Shot My Love”) mixes intimate rehearsal footage with an extensive archive and breathtaking dance sequences to provide a revealing portrait of a creative genius — an artist whom the New York Times calls “one of most fascinating dancemakers on the planet.”

2015
100 min.
English & Hebrew

Directed by

Tomer Heymann

Country

Israel

Film Category

International Spotlight Leon & Mary Strauss Documentary Spotlight

Subject

Dance Family Issues Jewish

Genre

Biopic

Film Website

Official Website