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Fill the Void (2012) More at IMDbPro »Lemale et ha'halal (original title)

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Fill the Void -- A devout 18-year-old Israeli is pressured to marry the husband of her late sister. Declaring her independence is not an option in Tel Aviv's ultra-Orthodox Hasidic community, where religious law, tradition and the rabbi's word are absolute.
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Director:
Writer:
Rama Burshtein (written by)
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Release Date:
18 October 2012 (Israel) See more »
Genre:
Plot:
A young Hasidic Jewish woman is pressured into an arranged levirate marriage to an older widower. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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Awards:
13 wins & 16 nominations See more »
User Reviews:
A disturbing movie See more (19 total) »

Cast

  (in credits order)

Hadas Yaron ... Shira

Yiftach Klein ... Yochay
Irit Sheleg ... Rivka

Chayim Sharir ... Aharon (as Chaim Sharir)
Razia Israeli ... Aunt Hanna (as Razia Israely)
Hila Feldman ... Frieda
Renana Raz ... Esther
Yael Tal ... Shifi
Michael David Weigl ... Shtreicher

Ido Samuel ... Yossi
Neta Moran ... Bilha
Melech Thal ... Rabbi

Directed by
Rama Burshtein 
 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Rama Burshtein  written by

Produced by
Roni Abramovski .... line producer (as Roni Abramowsky)
Assaf Amir .... producer
Adar Shafran .... line producer
 
Original Music by
Yitzhak Azulay 
 
Cinematography by
Asaf Sudri  (as Asaf Sudry)
 
Film Editing by
Sharon Elovic 
 
Casting by
Michal Koren 
 
Art Direction by
Uri Aminov  (as Ori Aminov)
 
Costume Design by
Hani Gurevitch  (as Chani Gurewitz)
 
Makeup Department
Esther Ben-Noon .... makeup artist (as Eti Bennun)
Elinor Gigi .... assistant makeup artist
Daphna Ben Mayor .... assistant makeup artist
Hila Mins .... assistant makeup artist
 
Production Management
Tammy Cohen .... post-production producer
Michal Eliav .... production manager
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Adi Halfin .... first assistant director
Yoav Hornung .... second assistant director
 
Art Department
Shimon Cohen .... property master
Tamir David .... art assistant
Daniel Didi .... set dresser
Hagai Weinblum .... art assistant
 
Sound Department
Aviv Aldema .... sound designer
Aviv Aldema .... sound re-recording mixer
Aviv Aldema .... supervising sound editor
Keren Biton .... dialogue editor
Neal Gibbs .... foley recordist
Nin Hazan .... foley artist
Nin Hazan .... sound effects editor
Moti Hefetz .... sound recordist
Kobi Nissim .... additional boom
Oren Raviv .... boom operator
Oded Ringel .... additional boom
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Vered Adir .... still photographer
Karin Bar .... still photographer
Miki Berdougo .... gaffer (as Michael Berdougo)
Liad Berger .... grip
Sezar Berger .... additional gaffer (as Cesar Berger)
Gal Drimmer .... second assistant camera (as Gal Drimer)
Noam Eisenberg .... key grip
Lior Etrogy .... steadicam operator
Oded Israeli .... focus puller
Daniel Kaluzshky .... grip (as Daniel Kaluzhsky)
Reuven Rozenberg .... gaffer
 
Casting Department
Or Yashar .... extras casting
 
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Adi Hahn .... dresser
Ayala Nitzan .... dresser
 
Editorial Department
Anat Arav .... post-production coordinator
Ido Karilla .... digital picture services
Yoav Raz .... colorist
Shahar Weiss .... conform
 
Other crew
Odelia Appel .... production assistant
Cameron Arguelles .... quality control
Huni Arma .... production assistant
Dana Dadun .... water girl
Natan Gruzman .... production assistant
Israel Itzkovich .... hassidic consultant (as Rabbi Israel Itzkovich)
Oz Jarraafi .... production assistant
Itzik Lichtenfeld .... location manager
Ilya Marcus .... production assistant
Lia Mayer-Sommer .... foreign relations coordinator
Yanir Nachmani .... production assistant
Gaya Nahmani .... personal assistant: director
Gaya Nahmani .... script supervisor
Irit Sheleg .... project development
Amri Tsarfati .... production assistant
Or Yashar .... extras management
 
Thanks
Aharon Yaron Burshtein .... dedicatee
Alesia Weston .... special thanks
 

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Additional Details

Also Known As:
"Lemale et ha'halal" - Israel (original title)
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MPAA:
Rated PG for mild thematic elements and brief smoking
Runtime:
90 min
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Did You Know?

Trivia:
Hadas Yaron had to lie to get out of her military duty to audition for the film.See more »
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Im Eshkachech YerushalayimSee more »

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26 out of 37 people found the following review useful.
A disturbing movie, 3 November 2012
Author: donita51 from Israel

Over the last dozen or so years, no less than seven films have been made about the orthodox religious community in Israel. These films are:

Forbidden Love (1999); Kadosh (1999); Bat Kol (Inner Voice) (2002); Ushpizin (2004); My Father, My Lord (2007); The Secrets (2007); Eyes Wide Open (2009).

All these films were made by non-religious or at least non-orthodox film makers, and then along came Fill the Void. Its director and scriptwriter, Rama Burshtein, is an orthodox woman who is also a film maker.

Which raises the question whether this new film is more authentic than the previous ones, whether it portrays the orthodox community more faithfully. It should be understood that the orthodox communities in Israel are tightly-knit units, abhorring the outside, modern Western way of life which they perceive as decadent, immoral and corruptive. They still dress as did their ancestors in the Shtetl in Eastern Europe centuries ago, talk mostly Yiddish among themselves and of course, inter-marry only within their milieu.

Fill the Void is indeed about this latter issue, the question of marriage. The questions raised by the protagonists may seem quaint and even amusing to us, but seem of paramount importance to them, as if no other issues occupy their closed life.

This reviewer has no way of assessing the veracity of the facts and can only rely on subjective impressions. The film "rings true", feels true, and the fact that some of the actors come from a religious background adds to the feeling. Viewers might sneer at the seemingly irrelevant questions facing those "strange" people, but the acting convincingly conveys the sentiment that we are indeed dealing with a grave situation.

I came out of the theater thinking not about the heroine, blandly played by Hila Feldman, or about the way she handles her private demons and dilemmas, but about the strange, foreign, incomprehensible community living not a mile away from my house in the same city, yet separated from me by an unbridgeable chasm.

A disturbing movie.

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