Hollywood movies often depict Jewish culture, but they haven’t been as thorough with regard to the religion itself, says Kathryn Bernheimer, programmer for the Boulder Jewish Film Festival and author of The 50 Greatest Jewish Movies: A Critic’s Ranking of the Very Best. There are few Orthodox Jewish directors and even fewer who are women. Rama Burshtein has paved the way with Fill the Void, her romantic 2012 insider’s drama about Orthodox marriage, which screens tonight at the festival.
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“It’s the first film to be directed by an Orthodox woman for a mass audience. Just to have an Orthodox film made is challenging enough, given all sorts of religious restrictions,” Bernheimer says. “Orthodox women are not supposed to look men in the eye, so for one to make a feature film, that caught my attention. This is definitely a romantic story, something women will be interested in. It’s a beautiful story, very Jane Austen-like.”
Fill the Void plays at 7 p.m. at the Boedecker Theater, in the Dairy Center for the Arts, 2590 Walnut Street in Boulder; tickets, $12, are available at thedairy.org or 303-440-7826. The film festival continues through March 9; visit boulderjcc.org for a complete schedule.
Tue., March 4, 7 p.m., 2014