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GETT: THE TRIAL OF VIVIANE AMSALEM


In theaters February 27th, 2015

Winner of the Israeli Film Academy Ophir Award for Best Picture and propelled by the craft of Ronit Elkabetz (LATE MARRIAGE, THE BAND’S VISIT), one of Israeli cinema’s most acclaimed actresses,Gett: The Trial of VIvian Amsalem is an uncompromising, heart-rending portrait of a woman’s struggle to overcome an unmoving patriarchy and live a life of her own design.

An Israeli woman (Ronit Elkabetz) seeking to finalize a divorce (gett) from her estranged husband finds herself effectively put on trial by her country’s religious marriage laws, in this powerhouse courtroom drama from sibling directors Shlomi and Ronit Elkabetz.  In Israel, there is neither civil marriage nor civil divorce; only Orthodox rabbis can legalize a union or its dissolution, which is only possible with the husband’s full consent. Trapped in a loveless marriage, Viviane Amsalem has been applying for a divorce for three years but her religiously devout husband Elisha (Simon Abkarian of CASINO ROYALE and PERSEPOLIS), continually refuses. His cold intransigence, Viviane’s determination to fight for her freedom, and the ambiguous role of the rabbinical judges shape a procedure where tragedy vies with absurdity and everything is brought out into the open for judgment.

Awards & Festivals

  • Official Selection Cannes Film Festival 2014 – Directors’ Fortnight Feature Competition
  • Goldens Globes 2015: Nomination “Best Foreign Film”
  • Winner! Israeli Film Academy Ophir Award – Best Picture
  • Winner! Jerusalem Film Festival 2014 – Haggiag Award for Best Israeli Film
  • Winner! Jerusalem Film Festival 2014 – Audience Favorite Award
  • Winner! Jerusalem Film Festival 2014 – Best Actor, Menashe Noy
  • Winner! Hamptons International Film Festival 2014 – Golden Starfish Award for Best Narrative Feature
  • Winner! Chicago International Film Festival 2014 – Silver Hugo for Best Screenplay

Reviews

Variety: Review : “Expertly written, brilliantly acted film”
Variety Interview
The Hollywood Reporter : “An astonishing work of craftsmanship”

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