Sneak Preview: ‘Fill the Void’ with Dessert Reception

The second in the Santa Fe Jewish Film Festival’s “Summer Sneaks” series.

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Fill the Void, the second in the Santa Fe Jewish Film Festival’s “Summer Sneaks” series, premiered at the Venice Film Festival where it captured the Best Actress Award. Called "transfixing" by the Los Angeles Times and "ravishing" by NPR, it went on to win Israeli Academy Awards for Best Picture and Best Director.

The film will be introduced by the Director of Cultural Affairs from the Israeli Consulate in Houston. An exclusive Skype interview from Israel with the film's director follows the screening. A dessert reception caps off this special event.

In Fill the Void, 18-year old Shira is pushed to marry the widowed husband of her late sister who has died in childbirth. The film focuses on her Jane Austen-tinged internal struggles. Her widowed brother-in-law, while seemingly a good match, is older than she. He has experienced the joy of a first marriage while she has not, and Shira does not feel the excitement that she should. Shira is not afraid to express her own opinion but family responsibility weighs heavily upon her. She must choose between “her heart’s wish and family duty”.

The story is set in Tel Aviv's ultra Orthodox community and provides an intimate view. The director, Rama Burshtein, is a member of that community which is what gives the film its authenticity.

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