EXCLUSIVE: Roadside Attractions is closing a deal to acquire the U.S. and Canadian rights to Though The Wall, an Israeli comedy that just premiered at the Venice Film Festival and then made its U.S. debut at Telluride. The film got strong reaction at both fests, and it is a 2016 nominee for an Ophir, the Israeli Academy Award. The romantic comedy is directed by Fill The Void helmer Rama Burshtein, and it’s produced by Assaf Amir, who worked with Burshtein on Fill The Void and also produced Broken Wings. The Match Factory is handling sales. For Fill The Void, Burshtein and Assaf won the Coppa Volpi at Venice and two Film Independent Spirit Awards nominations in the U.S., and the 2012 Ophir in Israel for Best Picture. Through the Wall is also produced by Norma productions and stars Noa Koler, Amos Tamam, Oz Zehavi, Irit Sheleg Roni Merhavi and Dafi Alpern.
It focuses on Michal, a 32-year-old religious woman who is eagerly preparing for her wedding. A month before the big day, her groom has a change of heart and calls it off. Unwilling to go back to her life before the engagement, Michael decides to test her resolve and unwavering faith by not canceling the wedding. The result is a suspenseful emotional comedy month-long journey where the hall is booked, the guests are invited and plans are made, even though she has everything but the groom. Roadside Attractions has the Kenneth Lonergan-directed Manchester By The Sea in Toronto, joining as distributor after Amazon Studios acquired the rights in a big Sundance deal in January.