I Will Not Be Stifled – The Struggle Is Real, Ladies
Gett: The Trial of Vivane Amsalem
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 the Golden Globe® nominated courthouse-drama, GETT: THE TRIAL OF VIVIANE AMSALEM, famed Israeli actress/filmmaker Ronit Elkabetz, who co-wrote and co-directed the film with her brother Shlomi Elkabetz, introduce American audiences to an uncompromising portrait of a woman’s painful struggle to break free from the chains of a patriarchy.
“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.
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 VIVIANE AMSALEM, is a raw and emotional journey on a woman bound by the control of her husband and antiquated laws of marriage by her country.
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.
Drained but driven by the same emotion, Vivian sits in court as lawyers call onto witnesses who narrate the marriage point of view for the couple. In this manner, the audience realizes this film is not just about love and divorce, but about human rights, women’s rights and an antiquated nation that only stifle and dismiss the woman’s voice.
Filmmakers Ronit and Shlomi Elkabetz created an undisputed smash hit on the festival circuit, GETT: THE TRIAL OF VIVIANE AMSALEM, which currently holds a pristine 100% rating on RottenTomatoes. The film received numerous accolades including a nomination for Best Foreign Language Film at the 2014 Golden Globe Awards, and was Israel’s Official Foreign Language submission for the 2015 Academy Awards.
This powerful film is definitely a must-see and I highly recommend you make this the movie of your week!