I Shot My Love

  • 10 10
  • 2010
  • 70min
I Shot My Love
  • English, German, עִבְרִית
  • English

The Israeli filmmaker Tommer Heymann uses his video camera to document the relationship he has with his mother, a daughter of German Jews who escaped to Tel Aviv fleeing the Nazi regime. When Tommer begins a relationship with Andreas, a German dancer, the filming continues to investigate issues such as the traumas of the past, the notion of identity and love beyond labels.

Awards

AWARDS: Best Mid-Length Documentary. Hot Docs Canada/  Grand Prix. International Festival of Ethnological Film/ Best International Documentary. Astra Film Festival/ Best Documentary. Zinegoak Film Festival/ Audience Choice Award. Taiwan International Documentary Film Festival/ Best Director and Best Documentary. Madrid GLBT Film Festival/ Jury Mention. Queer Lisboa/ Best Documentary. Official Best of Best

OFFICIAL SELECTIONS: Berlinale Panorama/ Medfilms Festival/ Queer Zagreb Film Festival/ Document 10 International Human Rights Film Festival/ Great Lakes International Film Festival/ TLVFest/ Barcelona GLBT Film Festival/ Kassel Documentary Film and Video Festival/ Cork International Film Festival/ Hamburg Lesbian and Gay Film Festival/ Warsaw Jewish Film Festival/ Side by Side GLBT International Film Festival/ Torino International GLBT Film Festival/ Dok.Fest Munchen/ DokuFest International Film Festival/ Dok/Fest Sheffield Film Festival/ Toulouse GLBT Film Festival/ Documentary Edge Film Festival/ Films For Africa Festival/ HomoChrome/ Bangalore Queer Film Festival/ Isratim Film Festival/ Cinhomo/ Filmisrael/ Thessaloniki LGBTI Cultural Panorama/ Pink Apple Gay and Lesbian Film Festival/ Israel Film Festival Montreal/ Kashish Mumbai International Queer Film Festival/ Identities Queer Film Festival/ The London Documentary Festival/ Barcelona Jewish Film Festival/ Toledo Entiende/ Side by Side GLBT International Film Festival/ Montpellier Danse/ Ischia Film Festival/ Film For Peace International Festival/ Sziget Festival/ Sziget Festival/ Kitoks Kinas LGBT Film Festival/ Gender DocuFilm Fest/ Oslo Gay and Lesbian Film Festival/ Ourense International Film Festival/ Milwaukee LGBT Film/Video Festival/ Taipei Golden Horse Film Festival/ Exground Filmfest/ Pink Life Queer Fest/ LGBT Film Days Riga/ Washington Jewish Film Festival/ Days of Ethnographic Film Festival/ Worlfilm Festival/ Belgrade Documentary and Short Film Festival/ Belgrade Documentary and Short Film Festival/ Baltic Pride Film Days/ The London Israeli Film and Television Festival/ Festival de Cinema Judaico de Sao Paulo/ The FFFilm Project/ Weyauwega International Film Festival/ EtnoFilm/ Trento Film Festival/ FestDivQ LGBT Film Festival Venezuela/ Days of Jewish Culture Festival Olomuc/ Thin Line Film Festival

 

I Shot My Love, Filming the everyday love

A few hours after presenting his documentary "Paper Dolls" at the Berlin International Film Festival, the Israeli filmmaker Tommer Heymann met a man who would change his life, the German dancer Andreas Merk, with whom he would begin a transcendental relationship.

Being Tommer's mother a daughter of German Jews who escaped to Israel fleeing from the Nazis, the arrival of Andreas leads Tommer to an exploration of subjects such as the uprooting and the marks that the acts of our ancestors leave on us. The filmmaker films almost everything with a small video camera without shame or any fear of rummaging - even to the annoyance - in the thoughts and longings of these two special people.

While the relationship with Merk deepens during their coexistence in Tel Aviv and his mother faces a delicate illness, the presence of the camera causes the opening of old family wounds that find a moment of catharsis in the rose with the cinematographic image, a respite for envision a primary awareness of peace.

Tomer Heymann
Tomer Heymann Director

Production Companies

Heymann Brothers Films