Fill The Void

Rama Burshtein, 2012, 90 min, Hebrew, Drama

Play Video
"A delicate balance of drama and humor"
David Morgan
CBS News
"An enthralling, stirring tale… precise framing, beautiful lighting and unabashedly sexy but chaste scenes… A must-see"
Manohla Dargis
New York Times
"Impressive debut… Stunningly shot […], ensemble playing is faultless […], superb costume designs"
Jay Weissberg
"A moving, intense drama"
Dan Fainaru
Screen Daily
"Charming and accomplished"
Deborah Young
The Hollywood Reporter

Official Competition
Venice Film Festival, 2012

Coppa Volpi for Best Actress
Venice Film Festival, 2012


Best Cinematographer
European Academy Awards, 2013


Nomination: Best First Feature & Best First Screenplay
Independent Spirit Awards, 2013


Best Film, Screenplay, Director, Cinematography, Lead Actress, Supporting Actress & Make Up Artist
Israeli Academy Awards, 2012

FIPRESCI Award for Best Foreign Language Film
Palm Springs International Film Festival, 2013


Fill the Void, Debut feature film of the Hasidic female director Rama Burshtein, is a love story that takes place in the Jewish Hassidic world.

Fill the Void tells the story of an Orthodox Hassidic family from Tel Aviv. Eighteen-year-old Shira is the youngest daughter of the family. She is about to be married off to a promising young man of the same age and background. It is a dream-come-true, and Shira feels prepared and excited. On Purim, her 28 years old sister, Esther, dies while giving birth to her first child. The pain and grief that overwhelm the family postpone Shira’s promised match.

Everything changes when an offer is proposed to match Yochay – the late Esther’s husband – to a widow from Belgium. Yochay feels it’s too early, although he realizes that sooner or later he must seriously consider getting married again. When the girls’ mother finds out that Yochay may leave the country with her only grandchild, she proposes a match between Shira and the widower. Shira will have to choose between her heart’s wish and her family duty…


Behind the scenes


Rama Burshtein


  • Hadas Yaron – Shira
  • Yiftach Klein – Yochay
  • Irit Sheleg – Rivka
  • Chaim Sharir – Aharon
  • Razia Israely – Aunt Hanna
  • Hila Feldman – Frieda
  • Renana Raz – Esther
  • Yael Tal – Shifi
  • Michael David Weigl – Shtreicher
  • Ido Samuel – Yossi
  • Neta Moran – Bilha
  • Melech Thal – Rabbi


  • Rama Burshtein – Director
  • Assaf Amir – Producer
  • Rama Burshtein – Scriptwriter
  • Asaf Sudry – Director of Photography
  • Sharon Elovic – Editor
  • Ori Aminov – Art Director
  • Yitzhak Azulay – Original Score
  • Chani Gurewitz – Costume Design
  • Moti Hefetz – Sound Recording
  • Aviv Aldema – Sound Design
  • Michal Koren – Casting
  • Eti Bennun – Makeup Artist
  • Adi Halfin – 1st Assistant Director
  • Adar Shafran, Roni Abramovski – Line Producer
  • Tammy Cohen – Post Production Producer
  • Vered Adir, Karin Bar – Stills

The film was produced with the support of