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A Tennis Match Inspires the Shooting Style of ‘Gett: The Trial of Viviane Amsalem’

Chronicling the secretive and massively difficult process of divorce through Israel’s Rabbinical Courts Administration, filmmaker Shlomi Elkabetz’s film Gett: The Trial of Viviane Amsalem was filmed almost entirely in a courtroom.

Explains Elkabetz to The Moveable Fest, “We shot this film in the courtroom, not in a studio, and I really love to watch tennis. So we had this idea like when you watch the tennis court and you turn your head from left to right and from left to right, that’s the director’s shot of the courtyard. And slowly, we said what would happen if we shot the whole tennis game just from the point of view of the players, without seeing the court in general? Just seeing this tennis ball coming at you at 150 miles an hour, just before it strikes you or your racket, and you cut the picture and you see it going in the other direction. What kind of tension you could create by prolonging a moment until just a few seconds before it explodes, but from the point of view of the people? That’s why there is no master shot in any of the scenes and no director’s shot. The camera is always placed where somebody is sitting or seeing what somebody is seeing.”

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