Gett: The Trial of Viviane Amsalem (Gett: Le Procès de Viviane Amsalem)
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Showings
Sequoia 2Mon, Oct 6, 2014 7:30 PM Not Available
 
Rafael 3Wed, Oct 8, 2014 6:00 PM Not Available
 
Film Info
Section:World Cinema
Country:Israel
France
Germany
Year:2014
Running Time:115
Language:Hebrew
Director:Ronit Elkabetz
Shlomi Elkabetz
Producer:Marie Masmonteil
Sandrine Brauer
Shlomi Elkabetz
Screenwriter:Ronit Elkabetz
Shlomi Elkabetz
Cinematographer:Jeanne Lapoirie
Editor:Joëlle Alexis
Cast:Ronit Elkabetz
Menashe Noy
Simon Abkarian
Sasson Gabay
Eli Gorstein
Gabi Amrani
Print Source:Music Box Films
Note Writer:Peter L. Stein
Description

During the sometimes comic, sometimes harrowing religious court proceeding that may finally secure her a divorce, long-suffering Viviane Amsalem (the deeply moving Ronit Elkabetz) blurts out, “I don’t want to live anymore with this man! It is my right.” To which a rabbi responds, “But it is not your choice.” That is the jarring reality in today’s Israel, where only a gett, a decree issued by an all-male rabbinic tribunal, with the husband’s consent, can legally dissolve a marriage. Attuned to this inherent misogyny, Elkabetz, who co-wrote and -directed with her brother, stages the final chapter in the Amsalems’ hollow marriage as a Kafkaesque ritual, by turns tragic and farcical. Confined within a nondescript courtroom, yet featuring remarkably layered performances, Gett—which won the Best Israeli Feature award at this year’s Jerusalem Film Festival—is a strange journey into the enigmas of a couple, and a society, caught between tradition and modernity. US PREMIERE

IN ASSOCIATION WITH THE SAN FRANCISCO JEWISH FILM FESTIVAL AND THE AMERICAN SOCIETY OF THE UNIVERISTY OF HAIFA

WITH SUPPORT FROM THE CONSULATE OF ISRAEL