Gett: Trial of Viviane Amsalem–Ronit and Shlomi Elkabetz, Talented Directors to Watch

Variety has released their list of emerging director talent for 2015, selecting Israeli Film Academy winners Ronit & Shlomi Elkabetz for the film Gett: The Trial of Viviane Amsalem, which represents Israel in the Oscar race.

The filmmakers will be celebrated at an annual event on January 4 at the Parker Palm Springs.

Some of the talent spotlighted in past include Christopher Nolan, Ben Affleck, Wes Anderson, Alfonso Cuaron, and Alejandro Gonzales Innaritu.

‘Gett’ describes the protracted struggle of a woman seeking in rabbinical court to be released from her marriage against her husband’s wishes. In Israel this law still impacts the lives of thousands of women who wish to end their marriages. The film and its subject have become a cause célèbre in Israel, prompting the religious court (Supreme Beit din) to schedule a special screening of the film for dozens of ultra-orthodox rabbinical judges.

Directors Ronit and Shlomi Elkabetz remark:  “We are very excited about the selection. It is a great honor and a beautiful reward for our work. But with ‘Gett’ the excitement is even greater because it is not only us as artists receiving recognition, but the thousands of women who are waiting to be liberated. We are grateful to be part of their journey and hope we can help their cause.”

The film and its cause are also supported by many leading voices in modern Judaism striving to change this ancient law. Acclaimed writer Blu Greenberg, who specializes in women’s issues, wrote: “During my recent visit to Israel, I viewed Gett, a most powerful film. You captured so much in two hours – the injustice, the archaic attitude of tradition toward divorcing wives, the abuse that comes with unequal power, and much more.  The problem is more widespread than anyone had imagined. ‘Gett’ has the power to change all of that and could be a major force for progress in this area.”