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

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Fill the Void -- Fill the Void tells the story of a young Orthodox girl, Shira, who must choose between her heart?s wish and her family duty when her older sister, Esther, passes away and her widowed husband threatens to the leave the country.
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 »
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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 »
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A heartfelt and intimate look inside a world we never see See more (20 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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Rama Burshtein spent a year editing the movie.See more »
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9 out of 9 people found the following review useful.
A heartfelt and intimate look inside a world we never see, 2 July 2013
Author: Howard Schumann from Vancouver, B.C.

Israeli director Rama Burshtein's powerfully moving Fill the Void, Israel's submission to the 2012 Oscars, is about love and marriage but, in the Orthodox Hasidic community in Tel Aviv, they do not necessarily go together like a horse and carriage. Hadas Yaron, winner of the Best Actress Award at the Venice Film Festival in her first film role, is eighteen year-old Shira who is very close to being matched and promised to a local young man. When her older sister Esther (Renana Raz) dies in childbirth, however, her husband, the striking-looking Yochay (Yiftak Klein), is left to raise his young son Mordecai by himself and, according to tradition, has a duty to remarry once the formal mourning period is over.

This is where the film's central dilemma comes in and Shira's choice to "do the right thing" is severely tested by conflicting loyalties. After her family celebrates the Jewish holiday Purim, Shira and her mother, Rivka (Irit Sheleg) in a scene with Woody Allen overtones, are sent by the matchmaker to "shop" in the supermarket to find a suitable husband. When the right man is found, arrangements are made, even though Shira does not actually meet the young man until later in the film. When her mother learns that Yochay has a marriage offer from a widow living in Belgium, however, and cannot face the idea of the baby being taken away, she asks the matchmaker Mr. Shtreicher (Michael David Weigl) to arrange for Shira to marry Yochai, who is ten years older.

Fill the Void is a heartfelt and intimate look inside a world few of us ever have contact with. Sensitive to the orthodox community's rituals and traditions, however anachronistic they may seem to us, there is a feeling behind the rituals that binds people together and produces a feeling of closeness in the community, underscored by the rhythmic chants and joyous celebrations of special occasions. Though the purpose of every girl is to be married may seem offensive, in the culture in which it takes place, it is not demeaning, and the film does not stand in judgment of its characters or of the community.

As director Rama Buhrstein, a member of the Orthodox community herself, describes the film, "It's not about being an anthropologist or about religion or secularism. Rather, it's about the heart." Shira is asked to choose between her sense of duty to her family and community and her desire to fulfill her own dreams. Throughout the process, however, she is not alone and is always surrounded by love and support from mothers, fathers, aunts, rabbis, even though their advice may be conflicting. Her affectionate Aunt Hanna (Razia Israeli), who never married because of a disability, encourages Shira to do what is right for herself, putting her at odds with her mother.

Shira's older unwed cousin Frieda (Hila Feldman) tells her that it was Esther's wish that she marry Yochay if anything should happen to her, a proposition Yochay rebels at. Sensing Shira's confusion and uncertainty about marrying Yochay, however, the chief Rabbi (Melech Thal) refuses to bless the marriage. Even as many emotions seem to be happening all at the same time, the resolution of the conflict is poignant and even beautiful and it all comes together in a memorable final shot.

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