Ultra-Orthodox director Rama Burshtein's "Fill the Void" is the most popular Israeli film of 2012, after being viewed by some 182,000 people.
This achievement is particularly outstanding in light of the fact that the film is distributed independently and is not screened on Shabbat.
Sources involved in the movie's production noted that "Fill the Void" was also the most successful Israeli film to be released in independent distribution in the past decade.
In addition, on the first week of its distribution the prize-winning film provided one of the most impressive debuts of an Israeli picture in recent years with 30,000 viewers. In many cinemas, the film's screening were sold out.
The prizes collected by "Fill the Void" include the Coppa Volpi Award
for best actress Hadas Yaron at the Venice Film Festival, the Haifa Cultural Foundation Feature Film Award at the Haifa International Film Festival (shared with "Out in the Dark"), and seven Ophir Awards,
including Best Picture, Best Director, Best Script, Best Actress and Best Supporting Actress.
Recently, the movie also won the Best Dramatic Film Award at the São Paulo International Film Festival.
In Italy, where "Fill the Void" is screened under the name "The Promised Bride," it was watched by some 25,000 viewers on its first week. In addition, it has been sold for distribution in 15 countries so far, including the United States, France, Holland, Britain, Spain and Australia.