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Israeli artist Dani Karavan has created nearly 100 environmental installations all across
the world. He has won some of the most prestigious international art awards and is
constantly asked to speak or lecture about his groundbreaking work.
Yet Karavan 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.
2021 / Israel, Poland / 66 min
Barak Heymann, Director
Barak Heymann has been directing and producing documentaries for TV and cinema for more than 15 years. Barak’s, and his brother Tomer’s, independent film company, Heymann Brothers Films, has produced over 30 documentaries, some as international co-productions. Their films have premiered in numerous festivals worldwide, such as Berlinale, IDFA and Hot Docs, where they have won prestigious awards. Barak teaches in several films schools in Israel and is currently
engaged in a number of ongoing projects.