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Fill the Void

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Original title
Lemale et ha'halal (Fill the Void)
Year
Running time
90 min.
Country
Israel Israel
Director
Screenwriter
Rama Burshtein
Music
Yitzhak Azulay
Cinematography
Asaf Sudri
Cast
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Producer
Sony Pictures Classics / Avi Chai fund / Israel Film Fund / Norma Productions
Genre
Drama | Weddings. Family Relationships
Synopsis / Plot
Lemale Et Ha’Chalal tells the story of an Orthodox Hassidic family from Tel Aviv. Eighteen-year-old Shira is the youngest daughter of the family. She is about to be married off to a promising young man of the same age and background. It is a dream-cometrue, and Shira feels prepared and excited. On Purim, her twenty-eight-year-old sister, Esther, dies while giving birth to her first child. The pain and grief that overwhelm the family postpone Shira’s promised match. Everything changes when an offer is proposed to match Yochay—the late Esther’s husband—to a widow from Belgium. Yochay feels it’s too early, although he realizes that sooner or later he must seriously consider getting married again. When the girls’ mother finds out that Yochay may leave the country with her only grandchild, she proposes a match between Shira and the widower. Shira will have to choose between her heart’s wish and her family duty...
Awards
2012: Venice Film Festival: Best Actress (Hadas Yaron) & SIGNIS Award (Special Mention)
2012: Independent Spirit Awards: 2 nominations, including Best First Screenplay
2013: European Film Awards: Best Cinematography
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