"There’s a hushed, disarming power to Fill The Void, a new Israeli drama set in contemporary Tel Aviv, but cast in the classic mold of a Jane Austen romance. The film takes place in one of the city’s most devout Hasidic communities, and that alone lends it an uncommon fascination. (The infectious music! The mighty beards!) First-time filmmaker Rama Burshtein gazes upon this rarely explored subculture—that of the Haredi, to which she belongs—with a mixture of awed reverence and shrewd social critique. She’s reinvigorated a familiar narrative by painting it against an unfamiliar backdrop...A.A. Dowd
Written and directed by Rama Burshtein (her feature film debut), Fill the Void is Israel's official 2012 submission for Best Foreign Language Film.
Fill The Void
Specific start time will be posted on Wednesday, June 19. Advanced tickets link will be posted when available.
"The story told by Rama Burshtein in “Fill the Void,” her remarkable debut feature, has an almost classical simplicity....“Fill the Void” has been described as the first feature film directed by an Orthodox Israeli woman, and it is one of a small handful of modern movies that depict religious devotion from within...The deeper drama of “Fill the Void” has to do with her self-knowledge, and it is this — the sense we have of witnessing a young person figuring herself out in the most challenging circumstances — that makes the film both accessible and thrilling. It is completely unexpected, and entirely believable." NYT Critics Pick A.O. Scott.
Following the film, we'll go to Doyles or CBC for dinner and discussion.
To Be Continued,