France | Germany | Israel 2014, 116 mins
Hebrew & French with English subtitles
Director: Ronit Elkabetz & Shiomi Elkabetz
Cast: Ronit Elkabetz, Menashe Noy, Simon Abkarian, Sasson Gabai
Winner of Best Film at the 2014 Jerusalem
Film Festival and Israel’s submission for the 2015 Academy Awards.
Viviane Amsalem (Ronit Elkabetz, The Band’s Visit) desperately craves a divorce from her controlling husband, but since there is no civil divorce in Israel, she is at the mercy of her unpredictable husband and the rabbinical courts. The airtight script balances the indignities that Viviane is forced to endure with moments of Kafkaesque humour that underscore the absurdity of a 21st Century woman whose freedom is curtailed by archaic biblical laws. A powerful critique of faith and gender politics in Israel.
Coffee and tea will be available in-theatre immediately prior to screening.
5095 Yonge Street
Sun. Feb. 22 – 1pm & 4pm
$15, cash only at the door.
This program is part of the Spotlight on Israeli Culture festival taking place Feb – March 2015 in Toronto, read more about the other events at the Spotlight website.