TWO OF the safest places in Jerusalem are the Cinematheque and Cinema City because their movie theaters are, for the most part, underground and have therefore been well attended over the past week or so. On Friday, the Israeli premiere of Gett: The Trial of Viviane Amsalem, starring Ronit Elkabetz in the title role, was screened to a full house.

The story, all too familiar to scores of Israeli women attempting to leave loveless marriages and/or abusive husbands, depicts Viviane Amsalem’s five-year struggle to gain her freedom. The film, which was shown at the Cannes Film Festival, was bought for distribution by no fewer than 25 countries and has already been seen by tens of thousands of people.

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