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High Maintenance – The Life and Work of Dani Karavan‎

  • Israel, Poland
  • Documentary
  • 2021
  • 66 min.
  • Director(s): Barak Heymann
  • Producer(s): Barak Heymann


Dani Karavan has created nearly 100 environmental installations all across the world and has won some of the most prestigious international art awards.

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. In addition, Karavan becomes embroiled in a serious political and artistic conflict over his latest commission.

“Dani Karavan” is a cinematic reflection of its namesake: It is a straightforward, yet intricate film, emotional without being melodramatic, and as painful as it is humorous and passionate.

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Barak Heymann


Barak Heymann


Lukasz Konopa


Shira Hochman

Original Music

Alberto Shwartz, Janek Duszynski

Original Language

Hebrew, English, French, Italian




Lukasz Konopa

Sound Design

Aviv Aldema

Production Company

Heymann Brothers Films

Supported by

Israeli Public Broadcasting Corporation, Rabinovich Foundation, Mifal HaPais Council for the Culture and Arts, ZDF/ARTE, Avrotros, SVT, Knowledge Network Corporation, Polish Film Institute

Festival Highlights


    Best International Feature Length Documentary
    Jozi Film Festival

    Special Mention
    Beyond Borders Film Festival

    Best Editing
    Jerusalem International Film Festival

    Audience Choice Award
    Green Bay Film Festival

Warsaw Jewish Film Festival, Poland, 2021

Louisville International Film Festival, USA, 2021

Vienna Jewish Film Festival, Austria, 2021

Asolo Art Film Festival, Italy , 2021

Hamburg International Film Festival, Germany, 2021

Buffalo International Film Festival, USA, 2021

Jozi Film Festival, South Africa, 2021

Beyond Borders Film Festival, Greece, 2021

DocLisboa, Portugal, 2021

OFF CINEMA, Poland, 2021

Lo schermo dell’arte, Italy , 2021

Sao Paulo International Film Festival (Mostra), Brazil, 2021

Docutah, USA, 2021

Biografilm Festival, Italy , 2021

Ischia Film Festival, Italy , 2021

DocsBarcelona, Spain, 2021

Krakow International Film Festival, Poland, 2021

Toronto Jewish Film Festival, Canada, 2021

Kumu Documentary Program, Estonia, 2021

HotDocs , Canada, 2021

Defy Film Festival, USA, 2021

Lunenburg Doc Fest, Canada, 2021

Jerusalem International Film Festival, Israel, Official Competition, 2020

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