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69th Venice International Film Festival

Director: Alberto Barbera

29th August > 8th September 2012

Venezia 69

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Lemale Et Ha’Chalal tells the story of an Orthodox Hassidic family from Tel Aviv. Eighteen-year-old Shira is the youngest daughter of the family. She is about to be married off to a promising young man of the same age and background. It is a dream-cometrue, and Shira feels prepared and excited. On Purim, her twenty-eight-year-old sister, Esther, dies while giving birth to her first child. The pain and grief that overwhelm the family postpone Shira’s promised match. Everything changes when an offer is proposed to match Yochay—the late Esther’s 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 leave the country 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...

VIDEO (press conference and photocall) >>
2 September 16:45 - Sala Grande 2 September 22:00 - PalaBiennale VENEZIA 69 Lemale Et Ha’Chalal (Fill the Void) by Rama Burshtein - Israel, 90'
language: Hebrew - s/t English, Italian
Hadas Yaron, Yiftach Klein, Irit Sheleg, Chaim Sharir
Director’s Statement
Love and relationships form the main object of my interests. To be honest, careerism, independence, and self-fulfillment are less important to me than love, my husband and my family. What drew me to the world of the Jewish faith was its approach to decoding the enigma of relationships between men and women. This process stunned me. Lemale Et Ha’Chalal tells a love story based on the spirit. It resembles the experience and feeling of an early love, which resides only in the heart, and is based on nothing reasonable. The humming of the heart towards another, combined with a desire that is consciously restrained, is the winning formula for my heart in seeking long-lasting delight.