Harpur Cinema Presents ‘Gett: the Trial of Viviane Amsalem’

As mentioned in Dateline, Harpur Cinema launches its Fall 2016 series with an homage to the Israeli actress and director, Ronit Elkabetz who passed away last April, with ‘Gett: The Trial of Viviane Amselem’ (Ronit & Shlomi Elkabetz, 2014, Israel / France / Germany) at 7:30 p.m. Friday, Oct. 7, in LH-6. The film will also be shown at 7:30 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 9, in LH-6. Admission is $4. For more information, call 607-777-4998.

Co-written and co-directed with her brother, the film is the last installment of a trilogy that focuses on the experiences of a woman struggling through the roles society imposes on her. With Elkabetz’s intense and brilliant acting (often compared to Anna Magnani’s), and its claustrophobic mise-en-scène, the film documents the painful process Viviane, trapped in a loveless marriage, goes through to obtain a divorce. The result is an uncompromising and heart-rending portrait, alternating between scathing drama and bitter comedy that draws the viewer in.

The Binghamton University Libraries have a number of books and videos regarding Israeli film.  A selected list of titles are below.

The politics of loss and trauma in contemporary Israeli cinema, by  Raz Yosef. Fine Arts PN1993.5.I86 Y88 2011




Israeli cinema : East/West and the politics of representation, by Ella Shohat.  Fine Arts  PN1993.5.I86 S56 2010




A history of Israeli cinema, by Raphael Nadjari,  (streaming video)

Beyond flesh: queer masculinities and nationalism in Israeli cinema, by Raz Yosef. Fine Arts  PN1993.5.I86 Y67 2004









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