Award-winning documentary about the Jewish roots of the Swedish queer pop band Army of Lovers and its singer Jean-Pierre Barda making aliyah.
Director: Asaf Galay Israel 2018, documentary, German premiere, 65 min., Hebrew, English, Swedish with English subtitles Producer: Naama Pyritz Cinematography: Avner Shahaf, Uri Ackerman Cast: Jean-Pierre Barda, Alexander Bard, Dominika Peczynski
Their 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.
2018 Haifa Film Festival, Best Documentary
ARMY OF LOVERS IN THE HOLY LAND (IL 2018) THE HEBREW SUPERHERO (co-director) (IL 2015) THE MUSES OF ISAAC BASHEVIS SINGER (co-director) (IL 2014)
Asaf Galay grapples with Jewish culture and history in various media. He curated exhibitions on Jewish fashion designers, the Dreyfus Affair, and soul singer Amy Winehouse. His films include THE HEBREW SUPERHERO (2014) on Israeli comics and their superheroes and THE MUSES OF ISAAC BASHEVIS SINGER (2015) (both with Shaul Betser) about nine of the more than 40 translators of the works of Yiddish-language Nobel laureate Isaac Bashevis Singer, who became his muses.