Fill the Void / Lemale et ha’chalal


Rama Burshtein 2012
Cast: Hadas Yaron, Yiftach Klein, Irit Sheleg, Chaim Sharir, Razia Israely, Hila Feldman
Director of photography: Asaf Sudry
Production designer: Ori Aminov
Costumes: Chani Gurewitz
Series: NYFF50: Main Slate
9 Oct 2012
US Premiere
Venue: Alice Tully Hall

The official submission of Israel to the Best Foreign Language Film for the 85th Academy Awards 2013.

Along with NYFF pick Araf, Fill the Void introduces a new film meme of chaste eroticism, as a young woman creates love to the fierce rustle of silks in prayer.

Director Rama Burshtein was born in New York and studied at the Sam Spiegel Film and Television School in Jerusalem. In her first feature film, Burshtein tells the ancient story of a man and a woman looking for happiness.

With influences ranging from Jane Austen to David Lynch, the screenplay follows the family of Rabbi Aharon (Chaim Sharir) whose elder daughter Esther (Renana Raz) dies giving birth. Only the baby can assuage the grief of mother Rivka (Irit Sheleg), younger sister Shira (Hadas Yaron, in a brilliant performance) and husband Yochay (Yiftach Klein).

In the end, the decision rests with Shira. A movie unlike any other.