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Alma Har’el

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Alma speaks to the LA Times
For Alma Har’el and her first feature, ‘Honey Boy,’ the awards trail is an odd place to be.
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NEW YORK TIMES: ‘Bombay Beach’ Review
"The movie, which won a Best Documentary prize at the Tribeca Film Festival, looks and feels like a fever dream about an alternate universe."
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VARIETY: Alma Har’el Talks Collaborating with Time for 100 Women of the Year Initiative
“If I felt hungry to take solace in some of the histories of some of these women, I immersed myself in it in the most…
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Jellywolf: a wildly inventive short feminist sci-fi
INDIEWIRE: Kiersey Clemons and Lisa Bonet Have Visions In Alma Har’el’s ‘Trippy Love Letter To Women’ .
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ALMA
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DGA AWARD
She is the first female director to win the category.
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FAST COMPANY: Most Creative People 2018
100 visionary leaders you’ll read about here hail from a wide range of fields.
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“Every once in a while, an artist comes along who changes the way we think about film. Alma Har'el is one of those.”

Most famous for her award-winning films Bombay Beach, LoveTrue and Honey Boy, Har’el creates narrative work that plunges deep into the heart of imagination and creates surreal, dream-like poetic meditations on life. Her wildly inventive approach to filmmaking produces genre-redefining work which is exceptional, fearless, and artistically blurs the line between documentary and fiction.

Her debut scripted feature ‘Honey Boy’ starring long-time collaborator Shia LaBeouf, Oscar-nominated Lucas Hedges and Noah Jupe premiered at the 2019 Sundance Film Festival, receiving standing ovations and the ‘Special Jury Award for Vision & Craft‘.

Born in Tel Aviv she began her film career as a photographer & video artist, mixing live video content for concerts which led to directing music videos. Her documentary ‘Bombay Beach’ took top prize at Tribeca Film Festival in 2011, was nominated for the Indie Spirit awards and has been taught in several universities, including Harvard’s Sensory Ethnography Lab and NYU, as a genre redefining work. Her next feature, ‘LoveTrue’ premiered at Tribeca Film Festival to rapturous applause in April 2016, with Indiewire writing “LoveTrue confirms that Alma Har’el makes movies like nothing else out there.” 

Her commercial work for brands like Airbnb, Coca Cola and P&G captures real life from a magical yet realistic perspective, garnering numerous awards for her innovative style. Her short film ‘JellyWolf’ for Chanel was described as “The trippiest fashion film ever made” by Elle Magazine and won Clio, Tribeca X, D&AD and Ciclope awards.

She is the first woman ever to have been nominated for the prestigious DGA Award for Outstanding Directorial Achievement in two categories: Best Commercial Director (P&G 2018) and First Time Feature Film (Honey Boy 2020), the latter she went on to win. Other filmmakers that ever got these two nominations: Alejandro Iñárritu, David Fincher, Spike Jonze, Garth Davis and Ridley Scott.

With no signs of slowing down, Har’el’s limited series adaptation, ‘Lady In The Lake’, was ordered straight to series by Apple TV+. Based on the eponymous novel, ‘Lady In The Lake’ will star Natalie Portman and Moses Ingram. Har’el created the series, which she will also direct, co-write and executive produce.