In Rama Burshtein’s Fill the Void (Lemale et Ha’Halal), Israeli actress Hadas Yaron, 22, plays Shira Mendelman, a 18 year-old from the ultra-Orthodox Jewish community, who is to marry her late sister’s husband against her will.
Last week in Venice, Yaron won the festival’s Coppa Volpi award for her performance.
“[Shira] is a Hassedic girl, from a Hassedic family in Tel Aviv, which is a very special community because Tel Aviv is a secular city. So they live among us [the seculars] but we don’t really know them. It’s the story of her life, of her family, and the part when she starts to look for a match to get married.”
“[Director Rama Burshtein] is a very, very special lady, a very special woman. She has a very unique story. She really helped me [to understand] everything [...], because it’s not easy to just understand this world without a window, someone from inside to help you.”
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