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Gett: The Trial of Viviane Amsalem

Gett

“Gripping cinema from start to finish...assured, streamlined and bold” - The New York Times

Gett: The Trial of Viviane Amsalem

About the Film

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.  

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 Viviane 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.

Director: Ronit & Shlomi Elkabetz
Release Date: 02/13/15

Reactions

Critics Pick! Gripping cinema from start to finish...assured, streamlined and bold” - Manohla Dargis, The New York Times

Provocative...impossible to forget.” - Betsy Sharkey, Los Angeles Times

“Quivers with tension, impatience, comic heat, and, beneath it all, an irrepressible rage...Ronit Elkabetz, in her ability to compel and hold the eye, has few rivals” - Anthony Lane, The New Yorker

“Brilliant.” - David Edelstein, New York Magazine

5 stars! “A feminist knockout.” - Joshua Rothkopf, Time Out NY

3 ½ stars! “Riveting.” - Farran Smith Nehme, NY Post

“Rarely does a film integrate a social and political message within a forceful drama as masterfully as Gett.” - Christopher Silvester, Newsweek

“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

“Mesmerizing.” - Peter Sobczynski, RogerEbert.com

"Fascinating." - Dan Fainaru, Screen Daily


Awards & Festivals

  • Academy Awards 2015 - Official Foreign Language Submission
  • Golden Globe Awards 2015 - Best Foreign Language Film Nominee
  • Official Selection Cannes Film Festival 2014 - Directors' Fortnight Feature Competition
  • 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

Cast & Crew

Cast

Viviane: Ronit Elkabetz
Carmel: Menashe Noy
Elisha: Simon Abkarian
Shimon: Sasson Gabay
Main Judge: Eli Gorstein
Clerk: Gabi Amrani
1st Deputy: Rami Danon
2nd Deputy: Roberto Pollack

Crew

Directors: Ronit Elkabetz, Shlomi Elkabetz
Screenwriters: 
Ronit Elkabetz, Shlomi Elkabetz
Producers:
 Marie Masmonteil, Sandrine Brauer, Shlomi Elkabetz
Co-producers: Denis Carot, Michael Eckelt
Director of Photography: Jeanne Lapoirie

Technical Info

Production Year: 2014
Release Date: 02/13/15
Countries of Production: Germany, Israel
Languages: Hebrew, Arabic
Running Time: 1h 55m
Screen Ratio: 1.85:1
Sound: Dolby Digital 5.1
Color: Yes
Rating: Not Rated

Theaters

New York
New York
2/13/15
Los Angeles
California
2/13/15
Encino
California
2/20/15
Chicago
Illinois
2/27/15
San Jose
California
2/27/15
San Francisco
California
2/27/15
Coral Gables
Florida
2/27/15
Irvine
California
2/27/15
Highland Park
Illinois
2/27/15
Fairfax
Virginia
3/6/15
Great Barrington
Massachusetts
3/6/15
Palm Desert
California
3/13/15
Ashland
Oregon
3/13/15
Kew Gardens
New York
3/13/15
Greensboro
North Carolina
3/13/15
Santa Barbara
California
3/13/15
Miami
Florida
3/13/15
Larkspur
California
3/13/15
Raleigh
North Carolina
3/13/15
Chapel Hill
North Carolina
3/13/15
Miami
Florida
3/13/15
Key West
Florida
3/13/15
New City
New York
3/13/15
Sag Harbor
New York
3/13/15
Brooklyn
New York
3/13/15
New Haven
Connecticut
3/13/15
Stamford
Connecticut
3/13/15
Madison
Connecticut
3/13/15
White Plains
New York
3/13/15
Worcester
Massachusetts
3/13/15
Huntington
New York
3/13/15
Winston Salem
North Carolina
3/13/15
Manhasset
New York
3/13/15
Baltimore
Maryland
3/13/15
Malverne
New York
3/13/15
Montclair
New Jersey
3/13/15
Sarasota
Florida
3/13/15
Pasadena
California
3/14/15
Ithaca
New York
3/20/15
Santa Rosa
California
3/20/15
Cambridge
Massachusetts
3/20/15
Atlanta
Georgia
3/20/15
Austin
Texas
3/20/15
Overland Park
Kansas
3/20/15
Bethel
Connecticut
3/20/15
Santa Cruz
California
3/20/15
Naples
Florida
3/20/15
Bonita Springs
Florida
3/20/15
Wilmette
Illinois
3/20/15
Fort Lauderdale
Florida
3/20/15
Kansas City
Missouri
3/20/15
St. Louis
Missouri
3/20/15
Charlotte
North Carolina
3/20/15
Atlanta
Georgia
3/20/15
Fort Lauderdale
Florida
3/20/15
Boca Raton
Florida
3/20/15
Lake Worth
Florida
3/20/15
Scottsdale
Arizona
3/20/15
Portland
Oregon
3/20/15
Pittsburgh
Pennsylvania
3/20/15
Danvers
Massachusetts
3/20/15
Bantam
Connecticut
3/20/15
Santa Fe
New Mexico
3/20/15
Albuquerque
New Mexico
3/20/15
Lake Worth
Florida
3/20/15
Tamarac
Florida
3/20/15
Milwaukee
Wisconsin
3/27/15
Lincoln
Nebraska
3/27/15
Indianapolis
Indiana
3/27/15
Dennis
Massachusetts
3/27/15
Monterey
California
3/27/15
Modesto
California
3/27/15
Hartford
Connecticut
3/27/15
Tucson
Arizona
3/27/15
Port Townsend
Washington
3/27/15
Honolulu
Hawaii
3/27/15
Edina
Minnesota
4/3/15
Gainesville
Florida
4/3/15
Detroit
Michigan
4/3/15
San Luis Obispo
California
4/3/15
Flint
Michigan
4/3/15
Fairfield
Iowa
4/3/15
Des Moines
Iowa
4/3/15
Providence
Rhode Island
4/3/15
Portsmouth
New Hampshire
4/3/15
Williamsville
New York
4/3/15
East Stroudsburg
Pennsylvania
4/10/15
Three Oaks
Michigan
4/10/15
Denver
Colorado
4/10/15
Spokane
Washington
4/10/15
Buffalo
New York
4/10/15
Richmond
Virginia
4/10/15
Tunkhannock
Pennsylvania
4/10/15
Akron
Ohio
4/10/15
Holland
Michigan
4/10/15
Geneva
New York
4/10/15
Concord
New Hampshire
4/10/15
Cincinnati
Ohio
4/17/15
Geneva
New York
4/17/15
Louisville
Kentucky
4/17/15
Salem
Massachusetts
4/17/15
Madison
Wisconsin
4/17/15
Little Rock
Arkansas
4/17/15
Bradenton
Florida
4/17/15
Albany
New York
4/17/15
Amherst
Massachusetts
4/17/15
Tulsa
Oklahoma
4/17/15
Salt Lake City
Utah
4/17/15
Utica
New York
4/24/15
Chicago
Illinois
4/24/15
Houston
Texas
4/24/15
Bellingham
Washington
4/24/15
Tacoma
Washington
4/24/15
Portland
Maine
4/24/15
Miami
Florida
5/1/15
Gettysburg
Pennsylvania
5/1/15
Bloomington
Indiana
5/1/15
Damariscotta
Maine
5/6/15
Hamilton
New York
5/6/15
Hanover
New Hampshire
5/8/15
Chalmette
Louisiana
5/8/15
Downers Grove
Illinois
5/11/15
Roanoke
Virginia
5/15/15
Norfolk
Virginia
5/15/15
Champaign
Illinois
5/15/15
Columbus
Ohio
5/15/15
Las Vegas
Nevada
5/22/15

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Awards & Festivals

  • Academy Awards 2015 - Official Foreign Language Submission
  • Golden Globe Awards 2015 - Best Foreign Language Film Nominee
  • Official Selection Cannes Film Festival 2014 - Directors' Fortnight Feature Competition
  • 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

Reactions

Critics Pick! Gripping cinema from start to finish...assured, streamlined and bold” - Manohla Dargis, The New York Times

Provocative...impossible to forget.” - Betsy Sharkey, Los Angeles Times

“Quivers with tension, impatience, comic heat, and, beneath it all, an irrepressible rage...Ronit Elkabetz, in her ability to compel and hold the eye, has few rivals” - Anthony Lane, The New Yorker

“Brilliant.” - David Edelstein, New York Magazine

5 stars! “A feminist knockout.” - Joshua Rothkopf, Time Out NY

3 ½ stars! “Riveting.” - Farran Smith Nehme, NY Post

“Rarely does a film integrate a social and political message within a forceful drama as masterfully as Gett.” - Christopher Silvester, Newsweek

“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

“Mesmerizing.” - Peter Sobczynski, RogerEbert.com

"Fascinating." - Dan Fainaru, Screen Daily


Detailed Film Info

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.  

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 Viviane 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.

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