The Queen Has No Crown

The Queen Has No Crown

Israel, 2011, 85 Minute Running Time
Genre/Subjects: Documentary, Gay, Immigration / Exile, Jewish, Middle Eastern, Parenting / Family, Religion / Spirituality
Program: Documentaries
Language: in Hebrew, English with English subtitles

DIRECTOR: Tomer Heymann

Expected Guests: director Tomer Heymann

Tomer Heymann's (Paper Dolls, Frameline30) The Queen Has No Crown is a personal history that is the latest and finest in a set of films exploring the material exposed by his series The Way Home. Part reminiscence on gay life and part atmospheric chronicle of a family moving away from one another, this poignant documentary is smartly peppered with glimpses of current events in Israel.

Drawing from more than ten years of his own videos and a treasure trove of 8mm home movies passed down from his father and grandfather, Heymann, an accomplished filmmaker, moves weightlessly through time. He probes his own rootless lifestyle as he documents his parent's separation, the departure of several of his brothers for America, and his mother's failing health and subsequent softening of her own beliefs. The camera captures difficult questions and moments of vulnerability, revealing a family that thinks, loves, and feels deeply, despite all attempts on their part to portray the contrary.

The Queen Has No Crown is broad enough in scope to encompass a number of labels: coming out film, family history, and reminiscence about one's homeland—but its true heart rests in the moments spent between Tomer and his mother. She is a woman he admires, pities, loves, and fears in equal amounts, but still, for him, the nexus of his idea of family, and the closest thing to a home he can't seem to find.


—JACKSON SCARLETT

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Sponsors:

Consulate General of Israel Pacific Northwest, Israel Center & LGBT Alliance of the Jewish Community Federation

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