Film support

High Maintenance

A film by the Heymann Brothers about Israeli artist Dani Karavan. Karavan has created nearly 100 art installations all across the world. He has won some of the most prestigious international awards. This documentary portrays a Dani Karavan that is far from satisfied. His monumental structures are rapidly deteriorating. His advanced age is starting to catch up with him. The political climate in his country is driving him mad, as does the director of the documentary being made about him, whose questions betray his infuriating artistic ignorance. In addition, Karavan becomes embroiled in a serious political and artistic conflict over his latest commission, a monument to Polish nationals who had risked their lives saving Jews during World War Two. ‘High Maintenance’ is a cinematic reflection of its namesake. It is a straightforward, yet intricate film, emotional and personal without being melodramatic, and as painful as it is humorous and passionate. The Robert Weil Family Foundation have supported and collaborated with The Heymann Brothers in several important productions, such as ‘Mr Gaga’ and ‘Comrade Dov’ and are proud partners of ‘High Maintenance’.

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Comrade Dov

Goddamned communist. Internal enemy. Privileged Tel Aviv Ashkenazi. It seems Dov Khenin has been called almost everything during his 13-year tenure as Member of Knesset for the Jewish-Arab party ‘Hadash’. For years, director Barak Heymann has been following this leading legislator, creating a film that examines the open wounds of contemporary Israeli society: from the forced removal of the residents of Givat Amal to turbulent meetings of the Knesset’s Finance Committee, and down to the violent events at Umm al-Hiran.Comrade Dov is a surprising, thought-provoking portrait of a unique politician, who refuses to give up even as reality deals him one cruel blow after another.The Robert Weil Family Foundation is proud supporter of the film together with Olof Palme International Center. In the Swedish team is also the Swedish distributor Folket Bio and also Folkets Hus och Parker. The film had its Swedish premiere in November 2020.

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Mr Gaga

In 2007, Israeli documentarists The Heymann Brothers took on the task of portraying Ohad Naharin, artistic director of Batsheva Dance Company. This decision would take them on an 8-year-long journey that they could not have anticipated. Tomer Heymann, the director of the film, shadowed the initially reluctant Ohad Naharin to create something that, 8 years later, turned out as a unique and groundbreaking film about one of the most important choreographers of this time. The Jewish Theatre, Proventus and The Robert Weil Family Foundation was in the end the largest supporter of Mr Gaga. Mr Gaga premiered in October 2015 and is one of the few documentaries that have exceeded an audience of 100 000 in its homeland Israel. The film was in November 2016 nominated to the Europeean Documentary Award.

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The reality in which we live today is not yet fixed – but it soon will be. 1947 is the year before our now becomes, when time is blurred and the clocks all lost or stolen. Remembering and forgetting are among the main forces in motion, along with nationalism and migration. This is where now begins. Filmmaker Staffan Julén will create a tapestry of events around the world from that very special year based on the book by Elisabeth Åsbrink. 1947, the year that gave birth to the concept of ‘crimes against humanity’. The documentary will consist of archival footage but also first hand stories by witnesses, survivors and scientists. In 2016-17 the Robert Weil Family Foundation have provided documentarist Staffan Julén with an initial support to make possible the pilot of this huge, important and wonderful project.



She was called the Martin Luther King of Sweden. The documentary about Katarina Taikon portrays one of our most beloved author and human rights activists. Through unique archive materials and interwiews with family and friends, the film Taikon tells the beautyful and sad story of one of the most beloved children’s authors and Roma activists of that era – Katarina Taikon. The film is directed by Gellert Tamas and Lawen Mohtadi and is based on Lawen Mohtadis award-winning biography on Katarina Taikon ‘The day I will be free’. Taikon premiered 2015, and The Robert Weil Family Foundation where one of the proud supporters of the filmmaking.

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