Do you remember the leader of the gang of young outcasts in American Honey? Or John McEnroe in Borg vs McEnroe? Or shy Jerome from the Nymphomaniac? Before Shia LaBeouf became a truly versatile actor (he is best known Transformers franchise) he shot a ton of tv shows, became a child-celebrity and was a son of an abusive father who preyed on his kid’s fame. Alma Har’el, Shia’s friend since they made a documentary entitled LoveTrue, in Honey Boy adapted his own screenplay based on his experience and cast him in the role of his own alcoholic father. Honey Boy can be thus seen as a high-end psychotherapy: it is hard to imagine a better treatment than recreating your own trauma in front of the camera? Some lucky people can afford it and get international accolades for it, too.
Sundance FF 2019 - Special Jury Prize
Born in Israel in 1977. Alma Har'el is a film and music-video director. She earned acclaim with her debut film, Bombay Beach, a documentary about a spartan community in what is left of a former California resort. The film won the main prize at the Tribeca Festival in 2011, and Har'el was nominated for an Independent Spirit Award in the Truer Than Fiction category. She was educated in various places, including the famous Harvard Sensory Ethnography Lab, which is very evident in her films.
2008 Paul Smith: The Reddest Herring (short doc.)
2009 Jack Peñate: Tonight's Today (video short)
2011 Bombay Beach (doc.)
2012 Sigur Rós: Fjögur píanó (video short)
2016 LoveTrue (doc.)
2019 Słodziak / Honey Boy