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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

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
Countries of Production: Germany, Israel
Languages: Hebrew, Arabic
Running Time: 1h 55m
Screen Ratio: 1.85:1
Sound: Dolby Digital 5.1
Color: Yes

Theaters

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