Israel's hopes for a 2015 Oscar have been dashed.
Ronit and Shlomi Alkabetz's "Gett: The Trial of Viviane Amsalem" was not among the nine semi-finalists in the Foreign Language category announced on Friday by the American Film Academy.
The five finalists will be named on January 15, along with all the other Oscar nominations.
The semi-finalists chosen on Friday were Accused” (Netherlands,) “Corn Island” (Georgia,) “Force Majeure” (Sweden,) “Ida” (Poland,) “Leviathan” (Russia,) “The Liberator” (Venezuela,) “Tangerines” (Estonia,) “Timbuktu” (Mauritania) and “Wild Tales” (Argentina.)
Gett (Hebrew for the Jewish religious writ of divorce) takes place entirely in a rabbinical courtroom where Viviane, has been trying for five years to win a religious divorce from her stubborn husband, Elisha (Simon Abkarian), with the help of her attorney (Menashe Noy).
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The film is a harsh indictment of the control the rabbinical courts exert over the lives of Israelis, particularly those of women.
"The movie has received a huge and unexpected amount of attention in Los Angeles," said Ronit and Shlomi Alkabetz, in response to the news that they had not been chosen as semi-finalists.
"There was a vote and being chosen or not chosen was no longer in our hands. The film is about to open on 250 screens in the U.S. in the next month and was chosen for the most important lists over the past two months, We are a candidate for the Golden Globe – an amazing feat. What else could we ask for? We are very happy with our lot and thank everyone for their support."
The Golden Globe award ceremony will be held on January 11, 2015 in Beverly Hills, California.