Dir. Ronit Elkabetz and Shlomi Elkabetz (115min, Israel/Germany/France, 2014 )
Hebrew with English Subtitles
Trapped in a loveless marriage, Viviane Amsalem (Ronit Elkabetz) has been applying to the rabbinical court for a divorce from her estranged husband for three years. Her husband continually refuses.
In Israel, where neither civil marriage nor civil divorce exist, only an Orthodox rabbi can legalize a union or its dissolution with consent from the husband, locking Viviane into a seemingly unending battle. By turns an absurdist comedy and a heartrending personal drama, Israel’s entry for the Best Foreign Language Film Academy Award is a moving portrait of a woman’s struggle to overcome an inert patriarchy and live a life of her own design.
Presented in conjunction with Reel Israel DC, a partnership with the Embassy of Israel and the Avalon Theatre. Co-presented by GW Feminist Student Union.
In the past decade, Elkabetz has also participated in various French films, including works by André Téchiné and Fanny Ardant. Together with her brother, Shlomi Elkabetz, she co-wrote and codirected the award-winning, critically acclaimed films To Take a Wife, Shiva (Seven Days) and now Gett: The Trial of Viviane Amsalem. She has received numerous awards at home and abroad for her acting and directing, including, most recently, the French Legion of Honor.
Shlomi Elkabetz has taught Cinema for over a decade at Sapir College in Sderot and at the Minshar Academy in Tel Aviv, Israel. Together with his sister Ronit Elkabetz, he co-wrote and co-directed the award winning, critically acclaimed films To Take a Wife, Shiva (Seven Days) and now Gett: The Trial of Viviane Amsalem. In 2009, he wrote and directed the second season of Ran Foursome (15 chapters) and in 2011 he directed and produced Testimony, which premiered at the Venice Film Festival. He is the Artistic Director of “Studio South,” the Production Lab of the Cinema South Film Festival.
“Expertly written, brilliantly acted…The beautifully modulated script, ripe with moments of liberating humor, builds to a crescendo of indignation, allowing Elkabetz several cathartic outbursts, but they’re no more riveting than the actress’ silences.” -Jay Weissberg, Variety
“Densely rich drama, told with stringent austerity but also humor and judicious empathy…an altogether strange but astonishing work of craftsmanship.” -Leslie Felperin, The Hollywood Reporter
“A very suspenseful courtroom drama. The performances are quite perfect.” -Michael Phillips, Chicago Tribune
“Viciously astute…[a] deliciously crafted drama that’s as infuriating as it is highly engrossing…an invigorating, emotionally charged powder keg. ‘Gett’ manages to be galvanizing in unexpected ways, generating tension and emotional venom better than most thrillers.” -Nicholas Bell, IonCinema