‘Fill the Void’ is Israel’s Oscar submission

Israel has selected the award-winning film “Fill the Void” as its submission to the best foreign language film category of the Oscars.

The Israeli Academy of Film and Television chose “Fill the Void” as Film of the Year last week at the Ophir Awards, Israel’s national film awards.

The film, about a young Haredi Orthodox woman from Tel Aviv who is engaged to be married but must decide whether to marry her brother-in-law when her sister dies in childbirth, also won Ophirs for best director, best screenplay, best cinematography, best actress, best supporting actress and best makeup. It was nominated in 13 categories.

“Fill the Void “ is the first full-length feature film for director Rama Burshtein, who is Haredi Orthodox.

Hadas Yaron won best actress, an award she also won last month at the prestigious Venice Film Festival.

The film has yet to be shown in Israel; it will be screened there after the High Holidays season.       — JTA