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Thursday, August 16, 2018

Mr. Gaga: A True Story of Love and Dance (2015) – A film by Tomer Heymann – Ohad Naharin and the Batsheva Dance Company (Download the movie)
















"Mr. Gaga" tells the story of Ohad Naharin, renowned choreographer and artistic director of the Batsheva Dance Company, an artistic genius who redefined the language of modern dance.

Ohad Naharin is regarded as one of the most important choreographers in the world. Meeting him at a critical turning point in his personal life, this spirited and insightful documentary will introduce you to a man with great artistic integrity and an extraordinary vision. Filmed over a period of eight years, director Tomer Heymann mixes intimate rehearsal footage with an extensive unseen archive and breathtaking dance sequences.


This story of an artistic genius who redefined the language of modern dance is guaranteed to leave you skipping.



"Highly recommended!" — New York Times


"Electric... Riveting... Choreographic brilliance... Striking performance footage... Excellent. A complex, compelling lead character... Handsome and charismatic, Naharin... arguably is a genius. The most exciting documentary for fans of edgier modern dance since PINA." — Variety


"If you are familiar with his mesmerizing work, nothing more need be said... If you're not, this feast of dance illustrates why others are." — Los Angeles Times


"Heymann captures the thrilling uniqueness of Naharin's work – as well as a vibrant portrait of his artistic process, in which dance functions as communication, survival, and healing. Sensitive, intelligent, and awe-inspiring." — Flavorwire


"Masterfully crafted by filmmaker Tomer Heymann, the documentary is weighty, surprising, affecting, darkly humorous..." — Film Journal


"A wonderful invitation to dance." — Elle


"Captivating portait, like a kaleidoscope." — Le Monde


"Moments of absolute grace." — Premiere


"Breathtaking!" — Galore


"Pioneering some of the most innovative work – and intriguing movement language – in contemporary dance during the past 20 years." — The Sydney Morning Herald


"A must-see movie!" — Jerusalem Post


"A breathtaking, powerful, and important film about the power of art to connect people wherever they are." — NRG


"An overwhelming aesthetic experience." — YNET


"Five stars! Magnificient. A wonderful portrait and a great film about dance and creation." — Toutelaculture


Source: icarusfilms.com















Mr. Gaga: A True Story of Love and Dance (2015)

Directed by Tomer Heymann

With Ohad Naharin and the Batsheva Dance Company

Starring: Ohad Naharin, Tzofia Naharin, Natalie Portman, Or Schraiber, Zina Zinchenko

Producer: Barak Heymann
Executive producer: Diana Holtzberg
Cinematographer: Itai Raziel
Editors: Alon Greenberg, Ido Mochrik, Ron Omer
Artistic Advisors: Talli Vernia-Hatsor, Pia Forsgren, Roni Azgad
Sound designer: Alex Claude
Music: Ishai Adar

Countries: Israel, Sweden, Germany, Netherlands
Languages: English and Hebrew
Running Time: 100 minutes

Shooting formats: 8mm, 16 mm, high 8, beta, mini dv, HD

Screening format: DCP

Supported by Channel 8/Israel, New Israeli fund for TV and cinema, ZDF/ARTE, AVRO, SVT, Family Robert Weil Foundation, The Foundation for Jewish Culture, Israel Lottery Council for Culture and Art

– World Premiere, October 2015 BFI London Film Festival
– Audience Award, 2016 SXSW Film Festival
– International Documentary Award, 2016 Tempo Documentary Film Festival, Sweden
– Best Documentary Award, 2016 Sofia International film festival, Bulgaria
– Special Jury Award and Audience Choice Award, 2016 IDFF CRONOGRAF, Moldova
– Audience Award, 2016 Tirana International Documentary Film Festival, Albania
– Audience Award for Best Documentary, 2016 Aspen Film Festival
– Audience Award, 2016 Reykjavik International Film Festival, Iceland
– Public Award for Best Documentary, 2016 Sao Paolo International Film Festival, Brazil
– Special Mention, 2016 RIDM Montreal International Documentary Film Festival
– Third Place, Audience Choice, 2015 IDFA International Documentary Film Festival Amsterdam


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The Secret History of the Israeli Choreographer Ohad Naharin

By Brian Schaefer*

The New Yorker, February 1, 2017

Tomer Heymann's film "Mr. Gaga", which is about the work and life of the choreographer Ohad Naharin, is the most successful documentary in Israeli history

In the early nineties, Tomer Heymann, who had just completed his compulsory service in the Israeli military, became a waiter at Orna and Ella, a hot spot on Tel Aviv's Sheinkin Street. Every Saturday at 11 a.m., an attractive couple – a Japanese woman, an Israeli man – sat at the same table. She ordered olive-oil cake; he had the wild rice. They tipped generously. Heymann, who is from the small village of Kfar Yedidia, was new to the city. One day, a cousin invited him to a dance performance. "I thought, ‘Did I do something wrong or bad in my life that I need this punishment, to be invited to a dance show?’" he recalled recently. But he went to the performance, at the Suzanne Dellal Center, in the Neve Tzedek neighborhood. On the stage, dancers sat on chairs arranged in a semicircle, convulsing to a rock-and-roll version of a traditional Passover song. It was subversive, sexy, strange. "I was not ready for it", Heymann recalled. He went to see the show again, and then again.

After seeing the performance several times, Heymann, who had just bought a video camera, decided to film it. He sneaked backstage, hovering in the wings. "I was chutzpan" he said, meaning "shameless". While he was filming one evening, he saw the attractive man from Orna and Ella. "I said ‘Wow! What are you doing here?’" Ohad Naharin, the choreographer of the dances that Heymann had been watching, told him to turn off his camera and never to shoot his dances again.

During the next twenty years, Heymann became known, in Israel and abroad, as the director of documentaries examining the fissures of modern Israeli society. Meanwhile, Naharin, as the director of Israel's Batsheva Dance Company, became an internationally revered choreographer. The quirky, liquid "movement language" known as "Gaga", which he invented to deal with a dance injury, is now taught around the world. Heymann has remained a devotee of Naharin's work, admiring its sly political edge and the way it challenges the cult of Israeli machismo. (Naharin is an outspoken critic of the Israeli government.) But Naharin resisted the idea of having his creative process captured on film. ("It’s like consensually faking an orgasm", he has said.) In 2007, Heymann showed up, unannounced, in New York, where Naharin was teaching one of his dances to an American dance company. Their conversations that week resulted in a short film, and initiated the long process that would culminate in the feature-length "Mr. Gaga", which last year became, to everyone's surprise, the most successful documentary film in Israeli history. Today, "Mr. Gaga" begins a U.S. theatrical run, coinciding with performances by Batsheva at the Brooklyn Academy of Music.

In December, I visited Heymann's editing studio, in a dingy Bauhaus-inspired building overlooking the site of what will one day be a stop on Tel Aviv's long-awaited metro system. Clicking through frames from the thirteen hundred and seventy-two hours of footage he had gathered over eight years, Heymann, now forty-six, explained that he had always wanted to make an Israeli version of "Fame", and initially conceived the film as a portrait of aspiring young dancers in Batsheva's junior company. Later, he turned his focus to the main Batsheva company, but hit a dead end. Naharin was almost forty when he took over Batsheva, in 1990, but, Heymann noticed, the choreographer never spoke about his past. Heymann became obsessed with the question of who Naharin was before Batsheva, and what had shaped him. Naharin, who is reserved about his personal life, wasn't forthcoming with details.

Three years into filming, with the funds almost spent and his investors impatient, Heymann felt lost. "There were many times I came crying to Barak" – his brother, the co-founder of their production company – "and said, ‘I don't think I will have a movie’". Then, in 2010, something changed. Naharin, at fifty-seven, became a father for the first time. Heymann paid him a congratulatory visit, during which Naharin finally succumbed and handed over dozens of boxes of home videos that he had never mentioned before. Heymann likes to think that Naharin was changed by the experience of fatherhood – more willing, finally, to share his past. (When I mentioned this to Naharin, he laughed. "Tomer likes to create stories and drama", he said, insisting that the decision to hand over his archives was "much more trivial. It was about clearing space".)

It took Heymann half a million shekels (about a hundred and twenty-five thousand dollars) to digitize the videos, and a year to watch all of them. He discovered footage of Naharin as a child frolicking on the kibbutz where he was born – his "Garden of Eden", as Naharin's father, in an interview in the film, calls it. Subsequent research lead Heymann to footage, from Italian television, of Naharin as a soldier in the Israeli Army's entertainment unit, during the 1973 Yom Kippur War. In "Mr. Gaga", Heymann juxtaposes these clips with shots from Naharin's recent dances to suggest that the kibbutz and the army are essential motifs in the choreographer's work, illustrating the tensions between the individual and the collective, the proximity of paradise and hell.

Heymann also found home videos from the nineteen-eighties of Naharin living in New York, where he trained at the School of American Ballet and Juilliard, danced for Martha Graham and Maurice Béjart, and fell in love with the beautiful Alvin Ailey dancer Mari Kajiwara, his future wife, who followed him to Israel and who died in 2001. It was in New York that Naharin began to make his own intense and darkly humorous work. "He was looking for himself", Heymann said. Through conversations with the dancers who worked with Naharin during that period, Heymann discovered a young choreographer who was impatient, intimidating, and confident, as well as sometimes silly and down to earth – a stark contrast to the cool detachment that Naharin now projects. "I thought, Wow, it's a different movie", Heymann said. "It's a different Ohad."

Naharin generally refuses to analyze his work, and is famously evasive in interviews and audience Q. & A.s. (Heymann conducted some interviews with Naharin in English to force him to use simpler language and to be more direct.) Naharin told me that he agreed to the film simply to indulge Heymann's passion. "It's a movie about him", he said, elliptically. Heymann, who does not appear in the film, doesn't disagree that the film is partly a document of his own obsession, but he also suspects that the catharsis of making the documentary goes both ways. In one of the film's early scenes, Naharin teaches a dancer how to fall by invoking one of the tenets of Gaga. "You need to find a way to let go", he tells her. In "Mr. Gaga", Heymann offers a portrait of an artist learning to do the same.

* Brian Schaefer is an arts and culture writer in New York.


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Ohad Naharin is a choreographer, the Artistic Director of Batsheva Dance Company, and creator of the Gaga movement language.

Naharin was born in 1952 in Mizra, Israel. His mother is a choreographer, dance teacher, and Feldenkrais instructor, and his father was an actor and psychologist. He joined Batsheva Dance Company in 1974 despite having little formal training. During his first year, guest choreographer Martha Graham invited him to join her own company in New York. Between 1975 and 1976, Naharin studied at the School of American Ballet, The Juilliard School, and with Maggie Black and David Howard. He then joined Maurice Béjart's Ballet du XXe Siecle in Brussels for one season.


Naharin returned to New York in 1979 and made his choreographic debut at the Kazuko Hirabayshi studio the following year. From 1980 until 1990, Naharin presented works in New York and abroad, including pieces for Batsheva Dance Company, the Kibbutz Contemporary Dance Company, and Nederlands Dans Theater. At the same time, he worked with his first wife, Mari Kajiwara, and a group of dancers in New York. Naharin and Kajiwara continued to work together until she died from cancer in 2001.


In 1990, Naharin was appointed Artistic Director of Batsheva Dance Company, and in the same year, he established the company's junior division, Batsheva – the Young Ensemble. He has since created over thirty works for both companies.


In addition to his stagework, Naharin also developed GAGA, an innovative movement language based on research into heightening sensation and imagination, becoming aware of form, finding new movement habits, and going beyond familiar limits. GAGA is the daily training of Batsheva's dancers and has spread globally among both dancers and non-dancers.


Naharin trained in music throughout his childhood and continues to infuse his work with a unique musicality. He collaborated with the Israeli rock group, The Tractor's Revenge (Kyr, 1990), Avi Balleli and Dan Makov (Anaphaza, 1993), Ivri Lider (Z/na, 1995), and Grischa Lichtenberger (Last Work, 2015). Under the pseudonym Maxim Waratt, he composed music for MAX (2007) and edited and mixed the soundtracks for Mamootot (2003), Hora (2009), Sadeh21 (2011), The Hole (2013), Last Work (2015) and Venezuela (2017).


Naharin's work has also been featured in several films. In his 2007 documentary, Out of Focus, Director Tomer Heymann filmed the process of restaging Decadance with Cedar Lake Contemporary Ballet. And in 2015, the Heymann Brothers released their comprehensive documentary about Naharin, "Mr. Gaga", to critical and audience acclaim.


A citizen of both Israel and the United States, Naharin currently lives in Israel with his wife, dancer and costume designer Eri Nakamura, and their daughter, Noga.


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Gaga movement language developed by Ohad Naharin

Gaga is a new way of gaining knowledge and self-awareness through your body. Gaga provides a framework for discovering and strengthening your body and adding flexibility, stamina, and agility while lightening the senses and imagination. Gaga raises awareness of physical weaknesses, awakens numb areas, exposes physical fixations, and offers ways for their elimination. The work improves instinctive movement and connects conscious and unconscious movement, and it allows for an experience of freedom and pleasure in a simple way, in a pleasant space, in comfortable clothes, accompanied by music, each person with himself and others.


"We become more aware of our form. We connect to the sense of the endlessness of possibilities. We explore multi-dimensional movement; we enjoy the burning sensation in our muscles, we are ready to snap, we are aware of our explosive power and sometimes we use it. We change our movement habits by finding new ones. We go beyond our familiar limits. We can be calm and alert at once." — Ohad Naharin


"Ohad is one of the most alive people I've ever known. His work pushes us all – himself, the dancers, the audience – to the limits of what we are, and then beyond." — Nicole Krauss, Author of The History of Love

"Ohad Naharin is one of the most original and confounding choreographers of our time." — Sid Smith, Chicago Tribune


"One of the most fascinating dancemakers on the planet." — Roslyn Sulcas, New York Times


"Ohad Naharin has specialized in works that can be understood, if not necessarily comprehended." — Anna Kisselgoff, New York Times


"Pioneering some of the most innovative work – and intriguing movement language – in contemporary dance during the past 20 years." — The Sydney Morning Herald


"Naharin's choreography seems to be an infinite dance prism or artistry, commentary and sheer necessity of dancing amok. Naharin is a singular dance voice with a lot to say." — Lewis Whittington, Ballet Magazine


"Naharin is placed in a rarefied group of the world's foremost modern-dance choreographers." — Nigel Redden, Director of Lincoln Centre Festival and Spoleto Festival U.S.A.


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Call Me by Your Name (2017) – A film by Luca Guadagnino – Timothée Chalamet, Armie Hammer, Michael Stuhlbarg, Amira Casar, Esther Garrel, Victoire Du Bois – James Ivory, Sayombhu Mukdeeprom (Download the movie)

Seashore (Beira-Mar), 2015 – A film by Filipe Matzembacher and Marcio Reolon – Mateus Almada, Maurício Barcellos, Elisa Brittes, Fernando Hart, Ariel Artur, Francisco Gick (Download the movie)


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Florence Foster Jenkins (2016) – A film by Stephen Frears – Meryl Streep, Hugh Grant, Simon Helberg (Download the movie)


Son of Saul (2015) – A film by László Nemes – Géza Röhrig, Levente Molnár, Urs Rechn (Download the movie)


Amour (2012) – A film by Michael Haneke – Emmanuelle Riva, Jean-Louis Trintignant, Isabelle Huppert, Alexandre Tharaud (Download the movie)


Dmitri Shostakovich: Katerina Izmailova (Lady Macbeth of Mtsensk), 1966 – A film by Mikhail Shapiro – Galina Vishnevskaya, Konstantin Simeonov


The New Babylon (Novyy Vavilon), 1929 – A film by Grigori Kozintsev & Leonid Trauberg – Music by Dmitri Shostakovich (HD 1080p)


Farinelli (1994) – A film by Gérard Corbiau – Stefano Dionisi, Enrico Lo Verso, Elsa Zylberstein (Download the movie)


Eroica (The Movie, BBC 2003) by Simon Cellan Jones – Ian Hart, Leo Bill, Claire Skinner, Frank Finlay – John Eliot Gardiner (HD 1080p)


Tous les Matins du Monde / All the Mornings of the World / Όλα τα Πρωινά του Κόσμου (1991) – A film by Alain Corneau (Download the movie)


Death in Venice (1971) – A film by Luchino Visconti – Dirk Bogarde, Björn Andrésen, Silvana Mangano – Music by Gustav Mahler (Download the movie)


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Matthew Bourne's The Car Man (2001) – Music by George Bizet, Rodin Shchedrin, Terry Davies – Alan Vincent, Saranne Curtin, Will Kemp, Etta Murfitt, Scott Ambler – Lez Brotherston, Ross MacGibbon (Download the movie)

Matthew Bourne's Nutcracker! (2002) – Music by Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky – Etta Murfitt, Alan Vincent, Saranne Curtin, Ewan Wardrop, Emily Piercy, Scott Ambler – New Adventures Dance Company, Matthew Bourne, Ross MacGibbon – Royal Philharmonic Concert Orchestra, Brett Morris (HD 1080p)

Matthew Bourne's Swan Lake, 2012 – Music by Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky – Richard Winsor, Dominic North, Nina Goldman – New Adventures Dance Company, Matthew Bourne, Ross MacGibbon – The New London Orchestra, David Lloyd-Jones (HD 1080p)

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Tuesday, August 14, 2018

Christian Li – All the posts

Photo by Carolina Negel
















Christian Li was born in Melbourne Australia in October 2007 and began violin at the age of 5 showing great interest and talent in music. Currently he is studying under Dr. Robin Wilson, Head of Violin at Australian National Music Academy. In July 2017 Christian won First Prize in the violin category of the Young Artist Semper Music International Competition in Italy and gave many solo and chamber music performances as part of the Semper Music International Festival & Summer Academy. In June 2017 Christian was selected to perform at Carnegie Hall in NY in the American Protégé Showcase 10-year Anniversary concert. Christian has also won all the local violin competitions that he participated in Australia for his age group and joined the Melbourne String Ensemble in 2015 as the youngest ever member of Intermediate group. In 2014 he won first prize in the Golden Beijing violin competition in China and in 2013 Christian was chosen for a TV commercial in China which features him playing the violin. Christian Li has made history at the 2018 Yehudi Menuhin Violin Competition in Geneva as the youngest ever winner of the Junior First Prize, taking out equal first with 11-year-old Chloe Chua from Singapore.

Source: melbournerecital.com.au


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Christian Li plays Antonio Vivaldi's Concerto No.2 in G minor "L'estate / Summer" from The Le Quattro Stagioni / The Four Seasons – Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, Christian Li – Menuhin Competition 2018, Closing Gala (HD 1080p)

Christian Li plays Antonio Vivaldi's Concerto No.2 in G minor "L'estate / Summer" from The Le Quattro Stagioni / The Four Seasons, & Jaehyuck Choi's "Self in Mind" – L'Orchestre de Chambre de Genève, Christian Li – Menuhin Competition 2018, Junior Final (HD 1080p)

Christian Li plays Ludwig van Beethoven, Astor Piazzolla & Henryk Wieniawski – Menuhin Competition 2018, Junior Semi Final (HD 1080p)


Christian Li plays Johann Sebastian Bach, Henryk Wieniawski & Antonín Dvořák – Menuhin Competition 2018, Junior First Round (HD 1080p)


Australian violinist Christian Li has made history at the Yehudi Menuhin Violin Competition


Sunday, August 12, 2018

Christian Li plays Antonio Vivaldi's Concerto No.2 in G minor "L'estate / Summer" from The Le Quattro Stagioni / The Four Seasons – Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, Christian Li – Menuhin Competition 2018, Closing Gala (HD 1080p)














Accompanied by the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, 10 year-old Australian violinist Christian Li, who has made history at the 2018 Yehudi Menuhin Violin Competition in Geneva as the youngest ever winner of the Junior First Prize (taking out equal first with 11-year-old Chloe Chua from Singapore), plays – in Closing Gala at Menuhin Competition 2018 – the Second Concerto in G minor "Summer", Op.8, RV 315, fron the The Four Seasons by Antonio Vivaldi. The concert took place at Victoria Hall in Geneva, on April 22, 2018.



Menuhin Competition 2018, Closing Gala

Antonio Vivaldi (1678-1741)

♪ Le Quattro Stagioni / The Four Seasons: Concerto No.2 in G minor, Op.8, RV 315, L'estate / Summer (1723)

i.Allegro non molto
ii. Adagio e piano – Presto e forte
iii. Presto

Royal Philharmonic Orchestra
Christian Li, violin and conducting

Victoria Hall, Geneva, April 22, 2018

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Christian Li was born in Melbourne Australia in October 2007 and began violin at the age of 5 showing great interest and talent in music. Currently he is studying under Dr. Robin Wilson, Head of Violin at Australian National Music Academy. In July 2017 Christian won First Prize in the violin category of the Young Artist Semper Music International Competition in Italy and gave many solo and chamber music performances as part of the Semper Music International Festival & Summer Academy. In June 2017 Christian was selected to perform at Carnegie Hall in NY in the American Protégé Showcase 10-year Anniversary concert. Christian has also won all the local violin competitions that he participated in Australia for his age group and joined the Melbourne String Ensemble in 2015 as the youngest ever member of Intermediate group. In 2014 he won first prize in the Golden Beijing violin competition in China and in 2013 Christian was chosen for a TV commercial in China which features him playing the violin. Christian Li has made history at the 2018 Yehudi Menuhin Violin Competition in Geneva as the youngest ever winner of the Junior First Prize, taking out equal first with 11-year-old Chloe Chua from Singapore.

Source: melbournerecital.com.au



















































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Christian Li plays Ludwig van Beethoven, Astor Piazzolla & Henryk Wieniawski – Menuhin Competition 2018, Junior Semi Final (HD 1080p)


Christian Li plays Johann Sebastian Bach, Henryk Wieniawski & Antonín Dvořák – Menuhin Competition 2018, Junior First Round (HD 1080p)


Australian violinist Christian Li has made history at the Yehudi Menuhin Violin Competition

Wednesday, August 08, 2018

Out in the Dark (2012) – A film by Michael Mayer – Nicholas Jacob, Michael Aloni, Jamil Khoury, Alon Pdut, Loai Nofi, Khawlah Hag-Debsy, Maysa Daw, Shimon Mimran (Download the movie)














The love between a well-heeled gay Israeli lawyer and a struggling Palestinian student serves to examine harsh realities in both communities in Michael Mayer's textured drama.

Los Angeles-based, USC-trained Israeli director Michael Mayer makes a gripping feature debut with Out in the Dark, a troubled gay love story between a privileged Tel Aviv lawyer and a Palestinian student that is by turns tender and tense, sensual and suspenseful. In Mayer's assured hands, a drama that could easily have become schematic instead pulses with urgency, longing and raw feeling, morphing smoothly in its final third into a lean thriller.

Having already notched up sales in key European territories, the film was acquired for the U.S. on the eve of its Toronto world premiere by niche outfit Breaking Glass.

Love across political, sectarian and geographic boundaries is a minefield rife with cliché, but Mayer and co-screenwriter Yael Shafrir mostly sidestep that danger with grace and intelligence. Their film benefits from the instant chemistry between attractive lead actors Nicholas Jacob and Michael Aloni, and from the detachment with which the script considers both Palestinian fanaticism and Israeli Security Forces tactics as dueling cancers. It doesn’t pretend to dig deep into the Mideast conflict, but it does make resonant points about the tentacle-like reach of that divide, even for people determined to keep politics out of their relationships.

Shooting digitally, wherever possible with available light sources, Mayer and cinematographer Ran Aviad take their cue from the film's title. They create a gritty visual palette of dark textures and murky nighttime scenes, making extensive use of closeups to probe the characters' hidden worlds.

That approach is evident from the outset as Nimr (Jacob) scrambles over the fence into Tel Aviv from his family home in Ramallah on the West Bank, dodging patrol cars along the way. His journey is sharply modulated through sections on foot and by bus – underscored by Mark Holden and Michael Lopez's moody ambient music – before making a sudden shift into club-scene mode as he enters a gay bar. Unfolding mostly through the title credits, the opening economically conveys a sense of constricted freedoms, with much at stake.

Dreamboat Jewish lawyer Roy (Aloni) hits on Nimr at the bar, sparking an easy rapport and mutual attraction that soon leads to romance. A psychology student doing his Masters at Birzeit University, Nimr around the same time is issued a partial visa to study in Tel Aviv, which he eyes as a stepping stone to a Ph.D. at Princeton. But that dream seems more precarious when his flamboyant Arab friend Mustafa (Loai Noufi) is discovered hiding illegally and sent back to the West Bank to be brutally beaten and murdered as a suspected collaborator.

Nimr's position is complicated by the fact that his brother Nabil (Jameel Khouri) is a member of the hardline extremist group responsible for Mustafa’s death. And while scenes with his mother (Khawlah Haj) and kid sister (Maysa Daw) have a lovely naturalness and warmth, it’s clear that the secret of Nimr’s sexuality is a ticking time-bomb.

He tries to save his relationship with Roy while being pulled between his fear over the dangers to which Nabil is exposing their family, and the cold manipulations of an Israeli security chief (Alon Pudt). But Nimr's options grow steadily narrower.

Particularly through the latter developments, Mayer shows admirable restraint in his use of music, keeping it low-key and brooding to sustain tension in strictly realist terms, rather than cranking it up to artificially heighten the thriller aspect. Much of the visceral impact comes from Aviad's nervy handheld camera and Maria Gonzales' mercurial editing.

Touching poignantly on the suffering of gay Palestinians rejected by their families and community, Mayer and Shafrir build a sturdy outsider drama that benefits from the shaded juxtaposition of Nimr and Roy’s backgrounds. Having absorbed the lessons of harsh reality, Nimr remains fatalistically pragmatic, allowing himself hope only in brief interludes. The product of a cushioned upbringing in a well-connected family, Roy persists in his somewhat naïve belief that they can work things out by going through authority channels.

Both leads tackle their roles with sensitivity and conviction. But first-time screen actor Jacob is particularly affecting as a persecuted man dealing with entrapment while grasping at the emotional lifeline offered by Roy. The scenes in which Nimr is ripped apart by the dishonor he has brought upon his family even as they behave monstrously toward him show how deep these conflicts cut.

The script has an occasional tendency to map out divergent points of view a little too neatly. But Aloni is effective in depicting the festering discomfort of an idealist constantly faced with the limits in his liberal parents' understanding of him.

It's a sign of how well Out in the Dark works that we are fully invested in seeing Nimr and Roy overcome obstacles and stay together. But it's also a shrewd choice of the filmmakers that they end instead on a note of somber ambiguity.

Source: David Rooney, Toronto 2012 (hollywoodreporter.com)














Out in the Dark (2012)

Directed by Michael Mayer
Screenplay by Yael Shafrir and Michael Mayer
Produced by Michael Mayer and Lihu Roter

Starring:
Nicholas Jacob..........Nimer Mashrawi
Michael Aloni..........Roy Schaffer
Jamil Khoury..........Nabil Mashrawi
Alon Pdut..........Gil
Loai Nofi..........Mustafa N'amna
Khawlah Hag-Debsy..........Hiam Mashrawi
Maysa Daw..........Abir Mashrawi
Shimon Mimran..........Daniel

Cinematography by Ran Aviad
Film Editing by Maria Gonzales
Music by Mark Holden and Michael Lopez
Art Direction by Sharon Eagle
Costume Design by Hamada Atallah
Makeup Department: Keren Assaf, Ann Hasson, Gal Michael

Countries: Israel, USA
Languages: Hebrew (modern), Arabic
Running Time: 96 minutes

Production companies: M7200 Productions, Israel Film Fund, Channel Ten
Distributed by Transfax Film Productions
Release date: 7 September 2012 (Toronto International Film Festival), 28 February 2013 (Israel)

The film has been accredited with 25 awards throughout its creation, which includes the Audience Award at the Berlin Jewish Film Festival in 2013, along with the FilmOut San Diego in 2013.


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Love, Forbidden and Persecuted in "Out in the Dark", an Israeli-Palestinian Affair.

"I don't care about the Jews, the Palestinians, Fatah or Hamas", Nimr (Nicholas Jacob), a closeted gay Palestinian, declares to his thuggish older brother, Nabil (Jameel Khouri), in "Out in the Dark".

He'd better care, because those defiant words will come back to haunt him. A psychology student who secures a temporary academic permit enabling him to travel between Ramallah, in the West Bank, and Tel Aviv, Nimr has a bright future.

Not the least of the obstacles he faces is his homosexuality, which if discovered by his family would bring disgrace and exile. His circumstances become more perilous when he falls in love with Roy (Michael Aloni), a handsome, well-to-do Israeli lawyer he meets in a bar.

Roy works at his politically connected father's law firm. Although Roy is out to his family, their acceptance is grudging. When he brings home his Palestinian boyfriend, it is all they can do to be polite.

The movie, much of it shot in semidarkness, portrays the Middle East as a hotbed of paranoia, where everyone is looking over a shoulder, and a secret is hard to keep. Especially when cultural boundaries are breached, it is virtually impossible to separate the political from the personal.

You might describe "Out in the Dark", the feature directorial debut of the Israeli filmmaker Michael Mayer, who wrote the screenplay with Yael Shafrir, as a modern variation of Shakespeare: "Romeo and Romeo", but with a different ending. Although Roy and Nimr's affair is conducted discreetly, it becomes everybody's business once Israeli security officials discover a cache of weapons that Nabil, an anti-Israeli militant has stockpiled in the basement of the family home.

"Out in the Dark" tries not to take sides, and the Israeli security operatives come off as unscrupulous and bullying. They are not half as scary as Nabil and his band of incipient terrorists. One of the first targets of Nabil's group is Mustafa (Loai Noufi), a Palestinian drag performer and friend of Nimr's who has been secretly living in Tel Aviv. Seized as a suspected spy, he is brutally murdered.

The weapons cache is discovered shortly after Nabil learns of Nimr's homosexuality through a photo someone has shown him. He immediately tells the rest of the family, and Nimr is thrown out of the house and told never again to show his face. He has nowhere to go but to Roy's. By then the security force knows about their relationship, and Roy's reputation is at risk of being tainted.

For all the tenderness and passion on display, the relationship of the lovers at the heart of the movie is too young to seem solid. Roy is the prettier but less likable of the two. Until he makes a sudden, unconvincing gesture of nobility, he registers as a spoiled brat who imagines that his father's connections can solve any problem.

Nimr's neglecting to tell Roy about his brother is a serious lapse of judgment by someone who should know better. Even though the plot defies credibility at several points, "Out in the Dark" is gripping, and Nimr's tearful exile from his family breaks your heart. As outside forces threaten to destroy the affair, you may think of Humphrey Bogart's famous observation in "Casablanca" that "the problems of three little people don't amount to a hill of beans in this crazy world". Nimr and Roy are two little people playing with matches in a tinderbox.

Source: Stephen Holden (The New York Times, September 2013)








































































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Monday, August 06, 2018

Christian Li plays Antonio Vivaldi's Concerto No.2 in G minor "L'estate / Summer" from The Le Quattro Stagioni / The Four Seasons, & Jaehyuck Choi's "Self in Mind" – L'Orchestre de Chambre de Genève, Christian Li – Menuhin Competition 2018, Junior Final (HD 1080p)














10 year-old Australian violinist Christian Li, who has made history at the 2018 Yehudi Menuhin Violin Competition in Geneva as the youngest ever winner of the Junior First Prize (taking out equal first with 11-year-old Chloe Chua from Singapore), plays – in his final concert at Menuhin Competition 2018 – the work for solo violin "Self in Mind" by Jaehyuck Choi (b. 1994, Seoul), and, accompanied by L'Orchestre de Chambre de Genève, the Second Concerto in G minor "Summer", Op.8, RV 315, fron the The Four Seasons by Antonio Vivaldi. The concert took place at Victoria Hall in Geneva, on April 20, 2018.



Menuhin Competition 2018, Junior Final

Jaehyuck Choi (b. 1994, Seoul)

♪ Self in Mind (2018) (World Premiere)


Antonio Vivaldi (1678-1741)

♪ Le Quattro Stagioni / The Four Seasons: Concerto No.2 in G minor, Op.8, RV 315, L'estate / Summer (1723)

i.Allegro non molto
ii. Adagio e piano – Presto e forte
iii. Presto


L'Orchestre de Chambre de Genève
Christian Li, violin and conducting

Victoria Hall, Geneva, April 20, 2018

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Christian Li was born in Melbourne Australia in October 2007 and began violin at the age of 5 showing great interest and talent in music. Currently he is studying under Dr. Robin Wilson, Head of Violin at Australian National Music Academy. In July 2017 Christian won First Prize in the violin category of the Young Artist Semper Music International Competition in Italy and gave many solo and chamber music performances as part of the Semper Music International Festival & Summer Academy. In June 2017 Christian was selected to perform at Carnegie Hall in NY in the American Protégé Showcase 10-year Anniversary concert. Christian has also won all the local violin competitions that he participated in Australia for his age group and joined the Melbourne String Ensemble in 2015 as the youngest ever member of Intermediate group. In 2014 he won first prize in the Golden Beijing violin competition in China and in 2013 Christian was chosen for a TV commercial in China which features him playing the violin. Christian Li has made history at the 2018 Yehudi Menuhin Violin Competition in Geneva as the youngest ever winner of the Junior First Prize, taking out equal first with 11-year-old Chloe Chua from Singapore.

Source: melbournerecital.com.au




















































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Australian violinist Christian Li has made history at the Yehudi Menuhin Violin Competition