Rama Burshtein

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Rama Burshtein
Born New York, New York
Residence Tel Aviv
Education Sam Spiegel Film and Television School, Jerusalem
Occupation Film director, film producer, screenwriter
Years active 2012-the present
Notable work(s) "Fill the Void"
Religion Judaism
Spouse(s) Aharon Burshtein
Children 4
Awards 3 Ophir Awards for directing, writing and producing "Fill the Void"

Rama Burshtein is an American Israeli filmmaker best known for her 2012 debut feature Fill the Void.[1]

Early life[edit]

Burshtein was born in New York in 1967 and moved to Tel Aviv when she was one year old.[2] She attended the Sam Spiegel Film and Television School in Jerusalem, graduating in 1995.[1]

Burshtein joined Orthodox Judaism when she was 25 years old. [1]

Career[edit]

Prior to Fill the Void Burshtein was part of a collective of Orthodox Jewish women filmmakers who funded, produced, directed and wrote films for themselves.[3]

According to Burshtein it took her 15 years to complete her debut film, Fill the Void, with numerous delays over writing, casting and editing. It took her a year to find actress Hadas Yaron to play the main role of Shira and another year in post-production because of insecurities over the editing process.

Fill the Void starred Chayim Sharir, Hadas Yaron, Hila Feldman, Ido Samuel, Irit Sheleg, Razia Israeli, Renana Raz, Yael Tal and Yiftach Klein. It is the story of a religious Jewish woman who must make a decision about whether or not to marry her late sister's husband.[4]

Fill the Void premiered at the 69th Venice International Film Festival. Lead actress Hadas Yaron won the Volpi Cup for her work.[5] Burshtein won three Ophir Awards for directing, writing, and producing for her work on the film. The film was picked up for North American distribution by Sony Pictures Classics. It was released in 2013 to great critical acclaim receiving a score of 81 on Metacritic.[4]

In 2013 she was invited to direct a short film in celebration of the 70th anniversary of the Venice International Film Festival. Her film, along with those of 69 other directors, was collected in a work entitled Venezia 70 - Future Reloaded and premiered at the 70th Venice International Film Festival.[6]

Family life[edit]

She has three sons and a daughter with her husband, Aharon Burshtein.[2]

Filmography[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c Wax, Emily (8 June 2013). "Rama Burshtein is first ultra-Orthodox woman to direct for general audience". Washington Post. Retrieved 3 February 2014. 
  2. ^ a b Eisner, Jane (3 May 2013). "An Unconventional Look at Orthodoxy". The New York Times. Retrieved 3 February 2014. 
  3. ^ Dawson, Nick. "Rama Burshtein on Fill the Void". Filmmaker Magazine. Retrieved 3 February 2014. 
  4. ^ a b "Fill the Void". Metacritic. Retrieved 3 February 2014. 
  5. ^ Anderman, Nirit. "Israel's Hadas Yaron wins best actress at Venice Film Festival". Haaretz. Retrieved 3 February 2014. 
  6. ^ "RAMA BURSHTEIN". La Biennale. Retrieved 3 February 2014.