Through the Wall: Israeli Director’s Rama Burshtein Second Film (after Fill the Void)

Israeli director’s Rama Burshtein’s Through the Wall world premiered at the Horizons section of the 2016 Venice Film Fest.

Through the Wall, Burshtein’s second feature, is eagerly awaited after her impressive debut, Fill the Void, written under the influence of Jane Austen, broke out at the 2012 Venice Festival to rave reviews.

In her new film, Burshtein, a formerly secular Jew who joined the Haredim, returns to the world of an Orthodox Jewish family in Tel Aviv.

Its story turns on a 32-year-old woman. Machal,  who has set a date for her wedding on the 8th candle of Hanuka. She has her dress and the venue; “God should not have too much trouble in finding me a groom,” she declares. But God and Machal are on a deadline, and Machal’s frantic dating and matchmaking has come to nothing.

“We are happy to continue our long-term relationship with Valerio de Paolis” said Michael Weber, The Match Factory managing director.

He added: “It’s an honour to be part of the slate of his recently founded company Cinema s.r.l. which will be the perfect home for Rama Burshtein’s heartwarming comedy-drama.”

“Through the Wall” re-teams The Match Factory and producer Assaf Amir, at Israel’s Norma Productions. Norma Productions Distribution will release the dramedy in Israel on October 27.

Launched by De Paolis in 2014, the Rome-based Cinema SRL’s movie pickups for Italy range from high-profile crossovers such as “Suffragette” to the more upscale mainstream (“The People vs. Fritz Bauer”), auteur films (Naomi Kawasi’s “An”) and re-issues (“An American in Paris”).