LOS ANGELES (JTA) – An Israeli film that scrutinizes Israel’s divorce laws was nominated for a Golden Globe Award for best foreign language film. The selection of “Gett: The Trial of Viviane Amsalem,” by the brother and sister team of Ronit and Shlomi Elkabetz, was announced Dec. 11 by the Hollywood Foreign Press Association.
The film follows an Israeli woman in her five-year quest to obtain a Jewish legal divorce, or get, from her husband through the Israeli rabbinical court system. The husband’s persistent refusal leaves her stranded in legal limbo, since Jewish law dictates that he must consent to release her from the marriage.
The winner will be announced on Jan. 11. The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences will not announce its nominees until Jan. 15, but it has already released a preliminary list of 10 short films selected from among 141 entries in the category. Included is the Israeli film “Aya,” in which a young Israeli woman poses as a driver to pick up a Danish businessman at Ben-Gurion Airport.