Wednesday, April 27, 2016

Why You Need To Know about Alma Har'el and Her Cosmic Doc 'Lovetrue'

Every once in a while, an artist comes along who changes the way we think about film. Alma Har'el is one of those.

The first time I saw Alma Har'el, I knew she was a force of nature. She swept into the Tribeca Film Festival in 2011 in a shock of red curls and described to the audience how funders laughed at her when she approached them with her festival film Bombay Beach. She ended up having the last laugh when the film won that year's Best Documentary award with its wildly inventive approach, breaking up the traditional doc structure with improvised dance scenes featuring non-dancer subjects.

This year, she was back at Tribeca with a new—and I use the term loosely—documentary, LoveTrue. Har'el is reluctant to have her work confined to a label. Because nothing is typical of her, we sat down in a candlelit bar instead of a press room during the festival, where she told me, "I don't think there are any rules in cinema. I don't like that binary divide between documentary and fiction. I don't even understand it."

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