Archive of films Fill the Void / Lemale et ha'chalal

2012, 90 min

Section: Horizons
Year: 2013

Eighteen-year-old Shira grew up in an Orthodox Hasidic family in Tel Aviv. She is about to be married to her chosen one, but after her older sister’s unexpected death in childbirth, her family decides she had better marry widower Yochay.… In her powerful yet subtle directorial debut, Rama Burshtein offers an original parallel to the stories of Jane Austen. At the 2012 Venice IFF Hadas Yaron took the Volpi Cup for Best Actress.


Eighteen-year-old Shira grew up in an Orthodox Hasidic family in Tel Aviv. Her future is clear: she is to marry a promising young man of the same age. After the death of Shira’s older sister Esther, who dies while giving birth to her first child, the family decides that Shira should marry Esther’s widower Yochay. He feels that it’s too early for another marriage, though attractive Shira is the logical choice for a multitude of reasons. But the girl must decide between her mother’s wishes and the voice of her heart.… In this powerful yet subtle directorial debut, Rama Burshtein offers a parallel to the stories of Jane Austen: strong female characters who try to find their own way in a world of delimiting social conventions. And as in the novels of the English writer, her movie makes room for gentle humor and loving understanding between the main characters.

About the director

Rama Burshtein (b. 1967, New York) graduated from the Sam Spiegel Film and Television School in Jerusalem in 1994. During that period she became deeply religious, and after finishing her studies she used film as a means of serving the orthodox community, realizing a number of projects, some for women only. Within the community she has taught direction and screenwriting at various film and television institutions. Fill the Void is her feature film debut.


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About the film

Color, DCP

Section: Horizons
Director: Rama Burshtein
Screenplay: Rama Burshtein
Dir. of Photography: Asaf Sudry
Music: Yitzhak Azulay
Editor: Sharon Elovic
Producer: Assaf Amir
Production: Norma Production
Cast: Hadas Yaron, Yiftach Klein, Irit Sheleg, Chaim Sharir
Contact: The Match Factory


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