Archive Cinema City 2014.

Fill the Void

Lemale et ha'halal

Genre: Drama
Country: Israel
Year: 2012
Duration: 90 min

Director: Rama Burshtein
Scenario: Rama Burshtein

Cast: Hadas Yaron, Yiftach Klein, Irit Sheleg

Programme selection: Tribute to Israeli Film


Fill the Void tells the story of an Orthodox Hassidic family from Tel Aviv. Eighteen-year-old Shira is the youngest daughter of the Mendelman family. She is about to be married off to a promising young man of the same age and background. It is a dream come true, and Shira feels prepared and excited. On Purim, her twenty-eight-year-old sister, Esther, dies while giving birth to her first child, Mordechay. The pain and grief that overwhelm the family postpone Shira's promised match.

Everything changes when a match is proposed to Yochay-Esther's late husband-to a widow from Belgium. Yochay feels it's too early, although he realizes that sooner or later he must seriously consider getting married again. When the girls' mother finds out that Yochay may marry the widow and move to Belgium with her only grandchild, she proposes a match between Shira and the widower. Shira will have to choose between her heart's wish and her family duty. She will find out that the void which she must choose exists only within her heart.

Original language: Hebrew
Subtitle: Serbian
Producer: Roni Abramovski, Assaf Amir, Adar Shafran
Production co: Avi Chai fund, Israel Film Fund (support), Norma Productions, Reshet Broadcasting (support), Sundance (support)

Filmography: 2013 Venice 70: Future Reloaded (Documentary), 2012 Fill the Void