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Ronit ELKABETZ, Shlomi ELKABETZ
Korean Premiere | 2014 Cannes International Film Festival / 2014 Jerusalem International Film Festival – Best Feature / 2015 Golden Globe – Nominee for Best Foreign Film Synopsis Program Note
The trial story of Viviane AMSALEM’s five year fight to obtain her divorce in front of the only legal authority competent for divorce cases in Israel, the Rabbinical Court. Viviane and her lawyer must face the uncompromising attitude of Elisha, the husband who doesn’t even respond to the rabbis convocations. When he is finally obliged to come to court, he keeps refusing the divorce (gett) even though they’ve been separated for years. Witnesses are called the procedure drags on while Viviane is still unable to recover her dignity.
Gett, the Trial of Viviane Amsalem is the final film in Roint ELKABETZ\'s Viviane trilogy, following To Take a Wife (2004) and Seven Days (2008). The narrative space in this film is the Rabbinical Court where divorce can only be obtained. Viviane and her husband have been separated for years, and their divorce is impending. As the religious court is prioritized over the constitutional court in a divorce case, only men and the rabbis have the right to divorce. In other words, a woman can get out of a bad marriage only with permission from her husband and the rabbis at the court. Thus, accepting to a marriage proposal means relinquishing her right to divorce. In To Take a Wife, Viviane came into conflict with her husband,
her children, her neighbors, and her mother in law. In Seven Days, Viviane attended her brother\'s funeral. Her seven days with her other brothers and their wives ended up with many tensions and conflicts between them. While To Take a Wife often uses a close-up shot, Seven
Days employs a wide angle lens to show these tensions between the several characters in a single shot. In Gett, Viviane finally decides to divorce her husband and stand before the court, struggling with her family for ten years. In the beginning, Viviane deprived her right to divorce is visualized only by her husband and the rabbis\' point of view shot, which in fact makes her presence at the court invisible. The director says, \"Gett represents the condition
of women throughout the world, in all places where - merely because they are women - they are considered by the law and by men as being inferior to men.\" [Sunah KIM]
Korean Premiere | 2014 Cannes International Film Festival / 2014 Jerusalem International Film Festival – Best Feature / 2015 Golden Globe – Nominee for Best Foreign Film
Ronit ELKABETZRonit ELKABETZ
An Israeli actress, screenwriter and director. She had featured in several films, in TV series and on the stage before making a successful venture into direction by codirecting her first film in 2004 with her brother Shlomi, To Take a Wife, the first in a trilogy that concludes with Gett.
Shlomi ELKABETZShlomi ELKABETZ
Shlomi ELKABETZ started out as a cameraman and director of documentaries before moving to New York where he joined a theater troop for which he wrote and performed in several plays. To Take a Wife was his first collaboration with his sister Ronit and marked his return to Israel after 7 years in New York.