Music Box Films is proud to announce the release of GETT: THE TRIAL OF VIVIANE AMSALEM, the riveting, multiple award-winning drama from sibling directors and writers Shlomi and Ronit Elkabetz about an Israeli woman seeking to finalize her divorce (“gett”), and who finds herself put on trial by her country’s religious marriage laws.  This French co-production is scheduled to open on February 13 in New York (Lincoln Plaza Cinema) and Los Angeles (Royal) followed by a national roll out.

In Israel there is neither civil marriage nor civil divorce; only Orthodox rabbis can legalize a marriage or its dissolution, which is only possible with the husband’s full consent.  Viviane Amsalem (Ronit Elkabetz) has been applying for a divorce for three years, but her religiously devout husband Elisha (Simon Abkarian, Casino Royale, 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.  

The success of the film in Israel has started a movement to change Israel’s religion-based ancient divorce law. In an unprecedented way, the rabbinical court administration is planning to show the film at the annual gathering of Israeli rabbinical judges on February 13.

Born in Beersheba, Israel, award-winning actress/director/writer Ronit Elkabetz starred in such acclaimed films as Late Marriage, The Band’s Visit and Or.  GETT: THE TRIAL OF VIVIANE AMSALEM, completes the trilogy that she and her brother Shlomi Elkabetz began with To Take a Wife and 7 Days.

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