* Academy Award Nominee Best Foreign Language Film
Divorce Israeli Style: In this uncompromising, heart-rending powerhouse courtroom drama, an Israeli woman struggles to overcome an unmoving patriarchy so that she can get divorced and live a life of her own design. Just in time for Women’s History Month.
In Israel marriage and divorce is a religious matter; only rabbis can legalize a union or its dissolution, and this is only possible with the husband’s consent. When Viviane Amsalem (Ronit Elkabetz) after decades of marriage, goes to court seeking to get a divorce (gett) from her estranged husband, she finds herself put on trial by her country’s religious marriage laws. Trapped in a loveless marriage, Viviane Amsalem and her lawyer spend years in this quest thwarted by her husband Elisha (Simon Abkarian) who 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.