Screened as part of NZIFF 2016

Mr Gaga 2015

Directed by Tomer Heymann Portrait of an Artist

Studded with dazzling dance excerpts, this award-winning portrait also gets up close and personal to its charismatic subject, Israeli dancer, choreographer and, plenty say, genius, Ohad Naharin.

Germany / Israel / Sweden / The Netherlands In English and Hebrew with English subtitles
100 minutes DCP



Barak Heymann


Itai Raziel


Alon Greenberg
Ido Mochrik
Ron Omer


Ishai Adar


Ohad Naharin
Tzofia Naharin
Eliav Naharin
Judith Brin Ingber
Gina Buntz
Naomi Bloch Fortis
Sylvia Waters
Sonia D’Orleans Juste
David Tinchell
Natalie Portman


London, Amsterdam Documentary 2015
SXSW, San Francisco, Hot Docs 2016


If you’ve not heard of Israeli choreographer Ohad Naharin, you’ll wonder how that could have been once you’ve seen what he does in this film. For dance aficionados, this is surely the most anticipated artist portrait since Wim Wenders’ Pina.

“A spectacular and celebratory investigation of a modern dancer’s creative process, this documentary tracks the four decades-long career of renowned choreographer Ohad Naharin, the artistic director of Israel’s Batsheva Dance Company. Thoughtfully and painstakingly researched, the film is packed with visually arresting archival footage from every stage of Naharin’s professional (and personal) life…

Choreographed pieces move in kinetic bursts from the rehearsal studio to the stage and, in interviews, dancers who’ve worked with him and colleagues from different periods offer insights in terms both admiring and blunt. Naharin is similarly expressive – about… the joys of physical expression, his struggles to convey his vision to those tasked with embodying it and the dance-world backdrop against which he developed his singular choreographic style and movement language, known as Gaga.

Heymann, a veteran documentarian whose filmography includes an earlier work about Naharin, skillfully constructs a portrait from these elements, methodically adding layers and sometimes revisiting previously seen footage, arming the viewer with new revelations and a more complicated understanding.” — Lynn Rapoport, San Francisco International Film Festival

Screening With This Feature

Nurse Me 2016


World Premiere
Emerging from the sea, three lone figures are reborn into a post-apocalyptic world. Choreography by MaryJane O’Reilly. Screening with Mr Gaga.