exground filmfest | 24 | wiesbaden | 11-20 nov 2011


filmfest > program > fokus - israel • documentary > the queen has no crown


by Tomer Heymann
Israel 2011 Digital Betacam 85 min. OV Engl. ST

thu 17 nov  22.00 h  Kulturpalast <Ticketreservation>

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A poignant meditation on family, loss, and homelessness. The film navigates the intimate lives of five brothers and their mother, as they experience the pains of exile and the joys of family bonding. Three of the Heymann sons take their families and leave Israel, one after the other, for "better" lives in America. They fulfil their dreams, but shatter those of their mother. A divorcee, she is left alone in Israel with her two bachelor sons – one straight, and the other gay.
The film examines the sometimes hard decisions of a family and the bonds that unite them in the face of difficult life choices. Throughout, Heymann frames this quest in terms of its greater social and political significance: the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, tensions between Israel’s Arabs and Jews as well as its secular and ultra-orthodox citizens, and the struggle for gay/human rights.


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