Kadosh (1999)

1h 50min | Drama

Meïr and Rivka have been married for ten years but have to divorce because they have no children. Malka, Rivka’s sister, is in love with Yaakov, who has chosen to live outside the community. The rabbi makes a decision: Malka will marry Yossef, his assistant. Rivka falls prey to solitude, while Malka chooses another path: rebellion.

"Kadosh״ - the title means "sacred" - addresses universal themes. Among them are the demands of ultra-orthodox religion, which confines as it sustains, and the suffering of men and women whose religion comes before love, but whose culture lacks a vocabulary for expressing personal pain. Yet Kadosh is also foreign in the extreme, an austere and shocking portrait of daily life in Mea Shearim, the Hasidic Jewish quarter of Jerusalem. (...) Kadosh is a horror story, or rather two horror stories intertwined, about women tyrannised by men in the name of religious belief." The Wall Street Journal, March 17th, 2000

Cast Yaël Abecassis, Yoram Hattab, Meital Barda, Uri Ran Klauzner, Yussef Abu Warda, Sami Hori

Director Amos Gitai

Screenplay Amos Gitai, Eliette Abecassis

Cinematography Renato Berta 

Production design Miguel Markin

Editing Monica Coleman, Kobi Netanel

Music Philippe Eidel

Sound Michel Kharat, Alex Claude, Cyril Holtz

Costumes Laura Dinulescu

Casting Ilan Moscovitch

Make-up Ziv Katanov 

Production Agav Hafakot (Israel), M.P. Productions, Le Studio Canal+ (France), Mikado Films (Italy)

Executive producer(s) Shuki Friedman, Laurent Truchot

Producer(s) Amos Gitai, Michel Propper

Associate Producer(s) Roberto Cicutto, Laurent Thiry

Festivals

Cannes : Festival de Cannes 1999 - Official selection
Telluride Film Festival 2000
London : British Independent Film Awards 2000 - Best Foreign Independent Film
Rotterdam International Film Festival 2000
Singapore : Singapore International Film Festival 2000

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