Army of Lovers in the Holy Land (BeEretz HaKodesh)
dir. Asaf Galay, Israel 2018, 61 min, documentary, LGBTQ
POLISH PREMIERETheir disco hits “Crucified” and “Obsession” left their mark on 1990s European pop music; their garish, kitschyshrill music videos have never been forgotten. The Swedish band Army of Lovers combined the glamour and sexual permissiveness of drag and gay culture with elements of Jewish culture, rising to become international pop stars almost three decades ago. It is much less widely known that Jean-Pierre Barda, the band’s Jewish singer originally from Algeria, decided to emigrate to Israel in 2015. Filmmaker Asaf Galay accompanies the band through turbulent times full of amusing-absurd moments, from its beginnings in Stockholm’s gay scene to its path to fame to Jean-Pierre’s aliyah, his emotional quest for himself, and his new life in Tel Aviv.
Festivals, awards: HAIFA IFF 2018 - BEST DOCUMENTARY, BERLIN Jewish FF 2019
Language: English, Swedish, Hebrew. Subtitles: Polish and English.