Army of Lovers in the Holy Land


Outside the Box

Saturday, October 5, 2019
7 PM @ Lightbox Film Center at International House

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General Admission: $12 | *Students: $6

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Director: Asaf Galay
Genre: Documentary Feature
Country: Israel
Year: 2018
Running Time: 1 hr 5 min
Language: Hebrew, English and Swedish with English subtitles

Philadelphia Premiere
The most outrageous band you’ve likely never heard of, Army of Lovers is a 1990s Swedish pop ensemble with a string of European dance hits that succeed to lull even the most reluctant wallflowers onto the dance floor. From their kitschy lyrics and campy music videos to their sexually free, everything-goes attitude, the band’s enduring popularity is still rocking underground clubs and pride celebrations from Stockholm to Tel Aviv, thanks to charismatic frontman Jean-Pierre Barda (you will not be able to take your eyes off him!) and his enchanting collaborators and friends, Alexander Bard and Dominika Peczynski.

30 years after Army of Lovers launched into international stardom, GPJFF alumnus and director Asaf Galay (The Muses of Isaac Bashevis Singer) follows Barda as he embarks on the next chapter of his life and uproots his existence from his longtime home in Sweden to Israel. What ensues is an enthralling documentary that explores the shifting meaning of home, identity, and family in light of one man’s desire to explore his Jewish identity and completely change his life after age 50. Trading in his love of fashionable clothes and his motto, “More is more, less is a bore,” to only buying the things he really needs to sustain himself, this self-professed former pop star is eager to make aliyah, brush up on his Hebrew, and make Israel his forever home.


Official Selection:

  • Haifa International Film Festival
  • Jerusalem Film Festival
  • San Francisco Jewish Film Festival


  • Best Documentary | Haifa International Film Festival