Gett: The Trial of Viviane Amsalem

In Israel there is neither civil marriage nor civil divorce. Only rabbis can legitimate a marriage or its dissolution. But this dissolution is only possible with full consent from the husband, who in the end has more power than the judges. Viviane Amsalem has been applying for divorce for three years. But her husband Elisha will not agree. His cold intransigence, Viviane's determination to fight for her freedom, and the ambiguous role of the judges shape a procedure in which tragedy vies with absurdity, and everything is brought out for judgment, apart from the initial request

115 minutes
Ronit Elkabetz, Shlomi Elkabetz
Poster for Gett: The Trial of Viviane Amsalem

Shown at

  1. 13º Festival Internacional de Cine Judio Mexico - 2016
  2. 15th Annual Rutgers Jewish Film Festival - 2014
  3. 18th Annual Jewish Film Festival of Grand Rapids - 2016
  4. 18th Annual Lenore Marwil Jewish Film Festival (Detroit) - 2016
  5. 18th CAJE Miami Jewish Film Festival - 2015
  6. 20th Annual Seattle Jewish Film Festival - 2015
  7. 21st Annual Harrisburg Jewish Film Festival - 2015
  8. 21st Annual International Jewish Film Festival (Eastern Connecticut) - 2015
  9. 25th Donald M. Ephraim Palm Beach Jewish Film Festival - 2015
  10. 25th Washington Jewish Film Festival - 2015
  11. 31st Annual Buffalo International Jewish Film - 2016
  12. 8th Annual Chattanooga Jewish Film Series - 2015
  13. Ames-Azalak Rochester Jewish Film Festival - 2015
  14. Atlanta Jewish Film Festival - 2015
  15. Atlantic Jewish Film Festival - 2015
  16. Baltimore Jewish Film Festival - 2015
  17. Boston Jewish Film Festival - 2014
  18. Charlotte Jewish Film Festival - 2015
  19. Cherry Hill Volvo Jewish Film Festival - 2015
  20. Chicago Festival of Israeli Cinema - 2015
  21. Cleveland Jewish Film Festival - 2015
  22. Columbia Jewish Film Festival - 2015
  23. Dayton Jewish International Film Festival - 2016
  24. East Bay Jewish Film Festival - 2016
  25. Falmouth Jewish Congregation Summer Jewish Film Series - 2015
  26. Festival Internacional de Cine Judío Caracas - 2015
  27. Gainesville Jewish Film Fest - 2015
  28. Geneva International Jewish Film Festival - 2015
  29. Greater Phoenix Jewish Film Festival - 2016
  30. Hong Kong Jewish Film Festival - 2015
  31. International Jewish Film Fest (Binghamton) - 2015
  32. Israeli Film Festival at the Weinstein JCC - 2016
  33. Judaica - Mostra de Cultura e Cinema - 2015
  34. Jüdisches Filmfestival Wien - 2014
  35. Michiana Jewish Film Festival - 2015
  36. New York Jewish Film Festival - 2015
  37. Randi & Bruce Pergament Fall Mini Film Festival - 2015
  38. Ring Family Wesleyan University Israel Film Festival - 2016
  39. Santa Fe Jewish Film Festival - 2014
  40. SERET Internacional (Santiago) - 2015
  41. SFJFF WinterFest - 2015
  42. Silicon Valley Jewish Film Festival - 2015
  43. Southwest Michigan Jewish Film Festival - 2015
  44. St. Louis Jewish Film Festival - 2015
  45. Twin Cities Jewish Film Festival - 2014
  46. Virginia Peninsula Jewish Film Festival - 2015
  47. Westchester Jewish Film Festival - 2015
  48. Winnipeg International Jewish Film Festival - 2015
  49. XVII. Izraeli Filmhét - 2014
  50. Zsido Film Fesztival - 2014

6 Responses

  1. jewishfilmfests says:

    Produced as an extremely minimalist courtroom drama, this is a film that portrays a critical look at the patriarchal society, still alive and well , as seen within the Israeli rabbinical establishment.

    Read Amy Kronish’s full review at

  2. jewishfilmfests says:

    Variety Announces 10 Directors to Watch for 2015
    Variety has chosen its 10 Directors to Watch for 2015, selecting cinematic storytellers who hail from corners as far removed as Australia and Argentina, representing a diverse mix of genres and visions, but all of whom are expected to go on to great things in Hollywood and abroad.

    Study the group and you’ll find a total of 12 names listed, as two of the entries are actually tandem talents: brother-sister pair Shlomi and Ronit Elkabetz, who helmed Israel’s official foreign-language Oscar submission
    Full article:

  3. jewishfilmfests says:

    ‘Gett: The Trial of Viviane Amsalem’ Starts Movement to Change Israel Divorce Law
    Most films aim to entertain and inform audiences, a few aspire for changes in society. “Gett: The Trial of Viviane Amsalem,” Israel’s entry in the foreign-language Oscar race, is hoping to change Israeli law.

  4. jewishfilmfests says:

    In Gett, the Trial of Viviane Amsalem, characters are almost exclusively shown from the point of view of the person looking at them. The camera acts as a replacement pair of eyes, with the effect that only characters who are being looked at can be seen. As such, subjectivity is placed at the core of Gett, and more specifically the subjectification of Viviane Amsalem herself, working to emphasise the injustice of Viviane constantly being looked at, yet not truly being seen.

  5. jewishfilmfests says:

    Israeli film ‘Gett’ nominated for Golden Globe

    Israeli divorce drama “Gett: The Trial of Viviane Amsalem” to contend for Hollywood entertainment award in category of best foreign film.

  6. jewishfilmfests says:

    Foreign Nominees Pack Symposium
    As is tradition, the Golden Globe Foreign Film Symposium took place at the American Cinematheque in the historic Egyptian Theater on Hollywood Boulevard on the eve of the Awards. This year’s nominees are five exceptional films by directors from Israel, Europe and Russia: FORCE MAJEURE, Ruben Östlund (Sweden), GETT: THE TRIAL OF VIVIANE AMSALEM, Ronit Elkabetz & Shlomi Elkabetz (Israel), IDA, Pawel Pawlikowski (Poland), LEVIATHAN, Andrey Zvyagintsev (Russia) and TANGERINES, Zaza Urushadze (Georgia/Estonia). The directors discussed their work in a debate moderated by Mike Goodrich in front of a packed audience, before speaking to us.

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