“Gett” is going from strength to strength.
The film, a stark divorce drama from brother-and-sister duo Ronit and Shlomi Alkabetz, earned rave critical reviews at Cannes earlier this year and is now hotly tipped to take home the Israeli Ophir award for Best Picture, which will position it for a potential Oscar nomination.
In the meantime, the film will also visit three leading festivals in the US: The Hamptons International Film Festival, The Mill Valley Film Festival in San Francisco, and the Chicago International Film Festival.
The film, which follows a woman named Viviane Amsalem who has been trying unsuccessfully for three years to obtain a legal Jewish religious divorce, or gett, from her husband, has been praised for its skillful performances and intense, emotional writing. “Gett” is the third installment in a trilogy of films about the dissolution of the same marriage; Ronit Elkabetz (Viviane) and Simon Abkarian (Elisha) first appeared together for audiences in “To Take a Wife,” the story of an unhappy 20-year-marriage, and then again in “The Seven Days,” in which Viviane was separated from her husband but still chained to him, for all intents and purposes.
Neither earlier film got close to the acclaim the “Gett” has earned. The film, which had its Israeli premiere earlier this summer at the Jerusalem Film Festival, earned three awards at that fest, including Best Israeli Feature.
It will be released in the US in January 2015 in cooperation with Music Box Pictures.