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51th Directors’ Fortnight May 15-25, 2019

Gett

Fortnight 2014, Feature film, 1h55

Synopsis

In Israel there is neither civil marriage nor civil divorce. Only rabbis can legitimate a marriage or its dissolution. But this dissolution is only possible with full consent from the husband, who in the end has more power that the judges. Viviane Amsalem has been applying for divorce for three years. But her husband Elisha will not agree. His cold intransigence, Viviane’s determination to fight for her freedom, and the ambiguous role of the judges shape a procedure in which tragedy vies with absurdity, and everything is brought out for judgment, apart from the initial request.

Directors

Ronit 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, in 2004 codirecting her first film with her brother Schlomi, To Take a Wife, the first in a trilogy that concludes with Gett.

Shlomi Elkabetz

Schlomi 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.

Eli Gornstein
Menashe Noy
Ronit Elkabetz
Sasson Gabay
Simon Abkarian

Screenplay
Ronit Elkabetz, Shlomi Elkabetz

Image
Jeanne Lapoirie

Sound
Tully Chen, Itzik Cohen, Stephan Konken

Editing
Joëlle Alexis

Music
Dikla, Shaul Beser

Set decoration
Ehud Gutterman

Production :
Elzevir et Compagnie
21 rue Faidherbe
75011 Paris – France
Tél:+33 1 55 31 27 42
elzevir@elzevirfilms.fr
www.elzevirfilms.fr

Coproduction :
Deux Beaux Garçons Films (Israël)
Riva Filmproduktion (Allemagne)

Ventes / Foreign sales :
Films Distribution
Tél : +33 1 53 10 33 99
info@filmsdistribution.com
www.filmsdistribution.com

Distribution :
Les Films du Losange
Tél : +33 1 44 43 87 26
www.filmsdulosange.fr

Presse / publicist :
Laurette Monconduit
Cell : +33 6 09 56 68 23
lmonconduit@free.fr
Jean-Marc Feytout
Cell : +33 6 12 37 23 82
jeanmarc.feytout@club-internet.fr
Tél : +33 1 40 24 08 25

International press :
Rendez-Vous
Viviana Andriani
Tél : +33 1 42 66 36 35
viviana@rv-press.com
Aurélie Dard
Cell : +33 6 77 04 52 20
aurelie@rv-press.com

Title in Original Version : Gett, The Trial of Viviane Amsalem

Press release

The sibling film-making duo talk to Sarah Cooper / Screen International
This expertly written, brilliantly acted film documents the painful five-year process for one woman attempting to obtain a divorce / Variety
Trois questions à Ronit et Shlomi Elkabetz / Trois couleurs
SOS d’Israéliennes en détresse / Le Monde
Magnifique plaidoyer / Le Nouvel Observateur
Bouleversant / Film de culte
Procès pagnolesque haut en couleur / Les Inrocks
Un troisième film remarquable / Le Figaro
Une véritable maestria visuelle / Metro
Une véritable mise en scène où chaque personnage est traité avec suffisamment de soins pour éviter tout manichéisme /Mediapart
Le frère et la soeur mettent magnifiquement en scène la situation kafkaïenne et archaïque dans laquelle leur héroïne se retrouve piégée / Télérama
Le cas des deux époux semble loufoque, extraordinaire / Independencia
Les femmes, mal-aimées d’une démocratie à dimension variable / L’Humanité
This patriarchal legal loophole becomes the wellspring for densely rich drama, told with stringent austerity but also humor and judicious empathy / The Hollywood Reporter