Born and raised in Israel, Yael Reuveny studied at the Sam Spiegel Film & Television School in Jerusalem and is based in Berlin since 2005.
In 2009, she completed Tales of the Defeated, a 30 min. documentary that had its international premiere at Visions du Réel, Nyon, and won several awards, among them the First Prize at the Jerusalem Film Festival and the Discovery Award as well as the DEFA Award at Cottbus Film Festival.
Her first full-length documentary Farewell, Herr Schwarz (Schnee von Gestern), premiered in late 2013 and has since won several prizes, among them the award for outstanding German documentary at DOK Leipzig and the Best Documentary Award at Haifa International Film Festival. Furthermore, Farewell, Herr Schwarz was nominated for the Ofir, the Israeli Academy Award and won the Israeli Documentary Filmmakers Award. It was cinematically released in Israel, Germany and the United States, received critical acclaim and was well received by audiences.
Yael Reuveny's latest documentary Promised Lands will premiere at the Jewish Film Festival Berlin and Brandenburg in August 2021.
Besides her work as a documentarian, Yael Reuveny creates video installations, among them Tunicata (2017) which was shown at Gropius Bau Berlin as part of the ultra+ exhibition and Mesubin (2020), a 21 screen installation for the new permanent exhibition in the Jewish Museum Berlin.
Written and directed by Yael Reuveny
Produced by Made in Germany Filmproduktion
Co-Production: WDR, RBB, Black Sheep Film Productions Ltd.
Best Documentary Award, Haifa International Film Festival
Nomination for an Ofir (Israeli Academy Award)
A 21 screen video installation for the new permanent exhibition in the Jewish Museum Berlin
7-track video and sound installation
commissioned by Martin Gropius Bau Berlin for the "Giving form to knowledge" exhibition
purchased by the Draiflessen Collection Mettingen
Jerusalem Variations, 2006
Video installation for the exhibition project "My Name is Esperanza" in Santander, Spain
11 years after leaving Israel, director Yael Reuveny goes back to her homeland to meet her class mates of elementary school. What has become of the ideas and dreams they were raised on?
Premiere: Jewish Film Festival Berlin and Brandenburg, 15 August 2021
Mesubin (The Gathered), a video installation created in collaboration with video artist Clemens Walter, is one of the highlights of the core exhibition of the Jewish Museum Berlin. As a “final chorus”, the installation brings the polyphony of contemporary Jewish together across twenty-one monitors.
Looking up a round ceiling projection the viewers find themselves in a reverse position: Instead of the scientist in the lab peering down into a microscope, the viewers lie supine on the floor and look up at a circle of light with greatly magnified creatures swimming around in it, making the beauty and the amazing anatomy of these creatures visible, giving "Oikopleura dioica", tiny marine creatures, a story and a voice.
The video installation Tunicata was created for the exhibition +ultra. knowledge & gestaltung at Martin-Gropius-Bau in Berlin in 2017.
HD, colour, sound, 6 min.
FAREWELL, HERR SCHWARZ