GETT: THE TRIAL OF VIVIANE AMSALEM
Tuesday, October 27, 2015 at 2 pm – Free
An uncompromising, heart-rending portrait of a woman’s struggle to live a life of her own design. Trapped in a loveless marriage, Viviane Amsalem (Ronit Elkabetz) has been applying for a divorce for three years but her religiously devout husband Elisha (Simon Abkarian) 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, this is a powerhouse courtroom drama from start to finish.
“The beautifully modulated script, ripe with moments of liberating humor, builds to a crescendo of indignation, allowing Ronit Elkabetz several cathartic outbursts, but they’re no more riveting than the actress’ silences.” (Jay Weissberg, Variety)
“Elkabetz, alternately resigned and raging, stoic and sad, bitter humor in her eyes, is riveting. Gett: The Trial of Viviane Amsalem takes its time to unfold, but like its star, the film presents its case in powerful, persuasive ways.” (Steven Rea, Philadelphia Inquirer)
In Hebrew with English subtitles
Israel – 2014 – 115 mins.
Introduced by Gayle Cohen with a post-screening discussion lead by her
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