Dancing Alfonso is a pitch-perfect portrait of a vital widower who finds a physical practice that sustains him, and community and creativity in the rhythms and movement of flamenco. Alfonso is a powerful dancer in a troupe of older flamenco dancers; the troupe is serious and is preparing for a performance at the Suzanne Dellal Center in Tel Aviv. After the death of his wife, Alfonso begins to court one of the other dancers, Sima, much to the surprise of his children, who are still mourning the loss of their mother. When things don’t work out with Sima, Alfonso, imbued with an unquenchable life force, starts searching for another woman with whom he can dance and share his life.
From 2008 Festival: Director, Israel
The Heymann Brothers Films Company is operating almost ten years now and specializes in long term documentary projects with a social and political orientation. The company was founded by Tomer Heymann, one of the leading documentary directors in Israel: In 2001 he created It Kinda Scares Me (that depicts the relationship between him and a group of delinquent adolescent boys who are trying together to raise a play) which won the academy award in Israel, the first place in the Haifa International Film Festival and more awards in Torino, Milan, New York, Taipei and Melbourne. In 2004 his film Aviv-F****d Up Generation (about a controversial Israeli rock star) came out commercially and brought a vast amount of viewers to the cinemas, as it similarly participated in many festivals world wide.
In 2006 his film Paper Dolls (about a group of Filipino foreign workers who work as care givers for elderly orthodox men and on weekends perform as drag queens) won three awards in the prestigious Berlin Film Festival and later also won awards in Torino, Manila, Zurich, Los Angeles, Copenhagen and more. In 2007 both of his new films participated in the Haifa International Film Festival – Out of Focus about the Bat Sheva Dance Company's famous choreographer and Black Over White about the journey of the members of The Idan Raichel Project to Ethiopia.
In between Tomer managed to direct a 4 episode series for Channel 2 about people who are seeking a significant change in their lives and hope to find it through plastic surgery.
In 2003 Barak Heymann, Tomer's younger brother, joined the company and has since directed and produced an impressive number of documentary films for television and cinema
In 2005 he created together with Tomer Bridge over the Wadi for the "Yes Doco" channel, a four part series that won first place in the Israeli Documentary Filmmakers Forum and praising reviews. About a year later the Heymann brothers created a one hour version of Bridge over the Wadi which documents the first year of a first of a kind Jewish-Arab school in Israel.
The film, co produced with the American ITVS company, participated in IDFA festival's prestigious competition, won the audience award at the Human Rights festival in Prague, the jury award at the International Film Festival in Kiev, the Magnolia award at the Shanghai Television Festival and few more awards in Slovakia, Hungary, Warsaw and more.
Barak's new film Dancing Alfonso (about an old man who loses his wife and seeks a new love within the flamenco group where he dances) was screened at the last SXSW festival in Texas and won excellent reviews. Now Barak is working on a new film about the Samaritan community for Channel 8.
Among his works as a producer particularly stands out Ari Libsker's film Stalags – Holocaust and Pornography in Israel which was first shown at the international Film festival in Jerusalem and was broadcasted on the "Yes Doco" channel. The film, which investigates the pornographic representations in holocaust literature in Israel, has been screened at the "Film Forum" in New York, in the Miami Festival, in "Hot-Docs" and more. Similarly Barak is producing a new film by the award winning Arab director Ibtisam Mara'ana (whose last film "3 Times Divorced" won first place at the last "Doc Aviv" festival) and together with his brother Tomer was directing a new 5 part series about 2 young groups from the south of Israel who are making their first steps in the music world.
*Barak Heymann will attend the screenings of Black Over White at the Castro Theatre on Saturday July 26th and Out of Focus at the Castro Theatre on Sunday July 27th.