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Tomer Werechson - Hibernation

15:51, 2014, Documentary
The perspectives of a documentarian who spends one day with his grandfather who is contending with Alzheimer’s- as the past and present get blurred through his grandfather’s life story.
DirectorTomer WerechsonProducerTomer WerechsonWriterTomer WerechsonCameraMatan BalaltyEditorDekel NitzanComposerShahaf WagshallCrewAvraham Werechson
Rachel Werechson
Yehuda Werechson
Binyamin Amitai
DR. Hanan Dimentman

CountryIsraelLanguageHebrewSubtitlesEnglishEdition2014 OrangeBudgetLimited budgetScreeningsHibulb film festival 2014
Ffwrness film festival 2014
Fic Puebla 2014
Meters film festival 2014
Skena Up film festival 2014
Cinemaiubit film festival 2014

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Interview

Your film is about?
My film is about my grandfather"s life.I spent about a year discovering his life story which got blurry a bit more every day due to his alzheimer.

How did you start with film? And do you have an educational background in art or film?
I used to work with my brother at the theatre and I remember after working very hard for a big show, finally the show began and I was amazed. We created all of this. Then I knew that I want to create on my own and film was the most attractive art for me. I got so inspired since then and new ideas for films are popping all the time.
Last year I finished my BA in Film & Television studies at Tel Aviv University.

Could you explain how you work, what themes or concepts you use and what is important to you?
I don’t have one way of working. I write about what makes me get excited, things that make me laugh or cry and think about life in an interesting perspective. The most important thing to me is that people will enjoy watching my films. I also want my films to make people think and ask questions but, I believe the key for that is firstly to make sure that they enjoy watching my films and through emotion make them dive into the world I have created.

How long do you usually work on one project?
Months, sometimes even more than a year. Not because I am some kind of perfectionist. It is just that I am starting my long way in film and I always have doubts and thoughts about my projects. It takes lots of confidence to say " Ok I am ready. Lets shoot this film", but when it happens it’s the most amazing feeling you could ever feel.

Do you carefully plan the production process or do you work more intuitive?
I always try to predict the problems that may come up along the way. Obviously I can’t predict 100 percent of them, but since making a film is always a huge gamble, you must do your homework the best way you can.
It also helps you concentrate as a director when you know that the system surrounding you is working perfectly

How does the title relate to the work, and how do you find a fitting title?
My Grandfather"s full name is Avraham Lazer Bear. In the film he shows a statue of a bear that his brother made for him. His brother gave it to him 20 years ago as a present and said that it symbolises my grandfather"s strength, strong like a bear.
The film focuses on his alzheimer and I felt as if his brain is going to sleep like a bear hibernates.

Where do you get your ideas or inspiration from?
I wanted to make a documentary and was searching for a good story. As I was looking I discovered my grandfather"s backstory and as we got closer I knew the film should be about him.

How important is sound in film, and if you use sounds, do you create your own or use existing?
Sound is one of the most important things in a film. Unfortunately it is underrated by most people since the quality of the video today is so amazing that people are drawn into the beauty of the picture and forget that a big part of thier emotions is literally lead by the sound of the film.
In this film I used sounds and music that a very talented sound designer named Shahaf Wagshall has created.

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