Toronto Jewish Film Festival
CHAI TEA & A MOVIE
Gett, The Trial of Viviane Amsalem
A film by Ronit Elkabetz & Shlomi Elkabetz
France/Germany/Israel – RT: 115 minutes
Sunday, February 22, 2015
Back to back screenings
Times: 1:00pm & 4:00pm
Cineplex Cinemas Empress Walk, 5095 Yonge St. (North York Centre subway station)
Coffee and tea will be served in-theatre prior to screening
On sale now at www.tjff.com or 416-324-9121| Cash only at the door (subject to availability)
More information: www.tjff.com
The Toronto Jewish Film Festival (TJFF) is proud to present their final Chai Tea & A Movie event of the 2014/2015 season, the acclaimed award-winning Gett, The Trial of Viviane Amsalem, on Sunday February 22, 2015, Cineplex Empress Walk Cinemas.
The film is an engrossing court drama with an incredibly successful festival run behind it –including screenings at Cannes, TIFF, and San Sebastian. It was nominated for a 2015 Golden Globe for Best Foreign Feature, and was Israel’s Official Foreign Language Submission to the 2015 Academy Awards.
Gett tells the story of Viviane Amsalem (played by Ronit Elkabetz, The Band’s Visit), who 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. Gett is a powerful critique of faith and gender politics in Israel.
Writers/Directors Ronit Elkabetz and Shlomi Elkabetz are an Israeli brother and sister filmmaking duo, best known for their multi-award winning titles To Take a Wife and 7 Days, both of which made their Canadian premieres at the Toronto Jewish Film Festival.
About the Toronto Jewish Film Festival
The Toronto Jewish Film Festival presents the best feature films, documentaries and shorts from around the world, on themes of Jewish culture and identity. The Festival is dedicated to using film for its contemporary popular value and accessibility, in order to reflect the diversity of the Jewish experience internationally. TJFF provides an opportunity to heighten awareness of Jewish and cultural diversity around the world, to audiences of all cultural backgrounds, and to present films in their original languages with subtitles, in an effort to break down racial, cultural and religious barriers and stereotypes.