By Jay A. Fernandez | Indiewire October 2, 2012 at 12:39PM
Sony Pictures Classics has acquired all North American rights to writer-director Rama Burshtein’s “Fill the Void,” which will screen at the New York Film Festival Tuesday, Oct. 9. The drama first played at the Venice and Toronto film festivals in September.
Burshtein’s debut feature has the distinction of being the only film ever shot by a haredi Orthodox woman about Tel Aviv’s Hasidic community. The Hebrew-language story follows an engaged Orthodox teenager who is pushed to marry her brother-in-law when her sister dies in childbirth.
“Void” nearly swept the Israeli version of the Academy Awards and has been chosen as Israel’s Oscar submission for best foreign-language film -- a designation that surely attracted SPC, which often ends up having handled the foreign-language film that wins the Oscar ("A Separation," "In a Better World").
Assaf Amir, who produced the SPC-released “Broken Wings,” produced “Void.”
“‘Fill the Void’ is insightful, human and touching on many levels,” said SPC. “In crafting this fresh, personal story, Rama Burshtein has succeeded in creating a universal story that will connect in a big way with American audiences. We are also extremely happy to be working with Rama and to be back with our friends Assaf Amir from Norma Productions and Michael Weber from The Match Factory.”
SPC negotiated the deal with The Match Factory’s Michael Weber.
SPC has festival pics “The Gatekeepers,” “Rust and Bone” and “Amour” hitting theaters before the end of the year.