Ultra-Orthodox Haredi Jewish director Rama Burshtein’s Fill the Void (Lemale et Ha’Halal) tells the story of an 18 year-old girl who is to marry the husband of her late sister against her will.
Her film competed in at the 69th Venice International Film Festival last week where it won the Coppa Volpi award for its lead actress, Hadas Yaron.
“I’m not political, I’m only simple and I’m a story teller... I’m not fighting anyone. I’m only fighting my heart, my battles in the heart...”
“A love story is a love story, it doesn’t matter where it happens. It’s only customs that [change]. And somehow I always felt that people from the outside don’t think that a real love story happens in the Orthodox world. It was important for me to contradict that. It’s about love, and it’s about being sexy, and it’s about being Orthodox. All that [can be mixed] together.”
The film has screened in Israel, as it has been nominated for an Israeli Film Academy Award for Best Director. But many members of the Orthodox community did not attend the screening.
“It’s a problem because the Orthodox people would not go to the cinema. It’s mixed. Men and women sitting together, they would not go there. So individuals went. But they all know about the project, all the community, and they’re all behind it.”
Interview in English
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