Israeli Film 'Gett' Nominated for Golden Globe

Ronit Alkabetz's story of a woman tied up in the religious courts waiting for her divorce is also Israel's nominee for the Best Foreign Film Oscar.

Amit Berlowitz

The Israeli film "Gett: The Trial of Viviane Amsalem" was nominated Thursday for the Golden Globe Award for the Best Foreign Language Film.

The film, directed by brother and sister Ronit and Shlomi Alkabetz, tells the story of Viviane, played by Ronit Alkabetz. 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). The film is a harsh indictment of the control the rabbinical courts exert over the lives of Israelis, particularly those of women.

The Hollywood Foreign Press Association named Gett (in French: Gett: Le procès de Viviane Amsalem) as one of the five nominees, along with films from Sweden, Estonia, Russia, and one from Poland and Denmark.

The awards ceremony will be held on January 11, 2015 in Beverly Hills, California.

The film won the Israeli Film Academy's Best Film award this year, and as a result was selected as Israel's entry for the Best Foreign Language Film for the Oscars. The film was screened at the 2014 Cannes Film Festival and the 2014 Toronto International Film Festival.

The film also stars Sasson Gabai, Ze’ev Revach, Dalia Berger, Evelin Hagoel, Rubi Porat Shoval, Shmil Ben Ari, Albert Iluz.

Gett is the third film in a trilogy by siblings Ronit and Shlomi Elkabetz about a Haredi marriage and divorce. The story started with "To Take a Wife" (2005) and continued with the critically-acclaimed "7 Days" (2008).

Past Israeli winners of the Best Foreign Language Film include Waltz With Bashir in 2008; Europa, Europa in 1991; The Policeman in 1971; and Sallah Shabati, which won in 1964 when the award was called the Best Foreign Film.