A HEARTRENDING PORTRAIT OF AN ISRAELI WOMAN PUT ON TRIAL BY HER COUNTRY’S UNCOMPROMISING MARRIAGE LAWS
GETT: The Trial of Viviane Amsalem
Starring And Co-Directed By Israel’s Renowned Ronit Elkabetz
An Israeli woman seeking to finalize a divorce from her estranged husband finds herself effectively put on trial by her country’s religious marriage laws in GETT: THE TRIAL OF VIVIANE AMSALEM. Starring famed Israeli actress/filmmaker Ronit Elkabetz, who co-wrote and co-directed the film with her brother Shlomi Elkabetz, this powerful courthouse drama presents a resolute portrait of one woman’s struggle to overcome an unmoving patriarchy and live a life of her own design.
“Critics Pick! “Gripping cinema from start to finish…assured, streamlined and bold”
–Manohla Dargis, THE NEW YORK TIMES
In Israel, there is neither civil marriage nor civil divorce, and only Orthodox rabbis can legalize a union or its dissolution, which is only possible with the husband’s full consent. In this world, Viviane Amsalem (Ronit Elkabetz, The Band’s Visit) has been trapped in a loveless marriage and applying for a divorce (or gett) for three years, but her religiously devout husband Elisha (Simon Abkarian, Casino Royale) continually refuses. Viviane’s determination to fight for her freedom clashes with the ambiguous role of the rabbinical judges in the courtroom, shaping a procedure where tragedy vies with absurdity. On this stage, all is ultimately brought into the open for judgment.
“Provocative…impossible to forget.” – Betsy Sharkey,
LOS ANGELES TIMES
“When a woman says ‘yes’ under the nuptial canopy [in Israel], she is immediately considered as potentially ‘deprived of gett.’ The Law gives this outrageous power to the husband,” say filmmakers Ronit and Shlomi Elkabetz. “All the facts and character traits we used to tell our story are plausible. Viviane is as much inspired by elements of women’s lives from our entourage as well as by our mother, who never stepped into a rabbinical court, and never expressed the desire for divorce, even though she may have thought about it.”
“Rarely does a film integrate a social and political message within a forceful drama as masterfully as GETT.”
– Christopher Silvester, NEWSWEEK
Following its acclaimed rollout in the U.S.’s top theatrical markets, Music Box Films Home Entertainment will release GETT: THE TRIAL OF VIVIANE AMSALEM on VOD, Blu-ray and DVD for the first time on June 9, 2015 (prebook May 5, 2015) for the suggested retail prices of $34.95 and $29.95, respectively. Bonus features on the disc includes a special ‘making of’ featurette, an interview with Shlomi Elkabetz and a collector’s booklet.
“5 stars! A feminist knockout.”
– Joshua Rothkopf, TIME OUT NY
The 2014 winner of the Israeli Film Academy’s Ophir Award for Best Picture, GETT: THE TRIAL OF VIVIANE AMSALEM was Israel’s Official Foreign Language Submission for the 2015 Academy Awards and was nominated for Best Foreign Language Film at the 2015 Golden Globe Awards.
An undisputed smash hit on the festival circuit, GETT: THE TRIAL OF VIVIANE AMSALEM won three awards at the 2014 Jerusalem Film Festival, including the Haggiag Award for Best Israeli Film, the Audience Favorite Award, and the Best Actor prize (Menashe Noy). An official selection at the 2014 Cannes Film Festival, GETT: THE TRIAL OF VIVIANE AMSALEM also picked up the Golden Starfish Awards for Best Narrative Feature at the 2014 Hamptons International Film Festival and the Silver Hugo for Best Screenplay at the 2014 Chicago International Film Festival.
Described as “mesmerizing” by Peter Sobczynski of ROGEREBERT.com, “fascinating” by Dan Fainaru of SCREEN DAILY, and “brilliant” by David Edelstein of NEW YORK MAGAZINE, GETT: THE TRIAL OF VIVIANE AMSALEM is an outstanding contemporary drama. Expertly written and beautifully acted, it brilliantly captures an astonishing and controversial tradition steeped in a history that demands the Jewish household be preserved, even if it means putting religious duty above personal happiness.
More information on GETT: THE TRIAL OF VIVIANE AMSALEM can be found on the MUSIC BOX FILMS website.