At 32, Michal is finally looking forward to the comfort and security of marriage, when she is blindsided by her fiancé’s decision to call off the wedding with only a month’s notice. Unwilling to return to lonely single life, Michal decides to put her trust in fate and continue with her wedding plans, believing Mr. Right will appear by her chosen date. Confident she will find a match made in heaven, she books a venue, sends out invitations and buys a wedding dress, as her skeptical mother and sister look on with trepidation.
During Michal’s month-long search for a spouse, she enlists the help of two different matchmakers, goes on a series of disastrous blind dates and finds an unexpected connection with a charming but utterly unsuitable pop star — all while dismissing pleas by concerned friends and family members that she reconsider her risky plan. As the day of the ceremony grows closer and no suitor appears, Michal puts everything on the line to find happiness.
The second film from American-Israeli writer and director Rama Burshtein (Fill the Void), The Wedding Plan is a poignant and funny romantic comedy about love, marriage and faith in life’s infinite possibilities. A nominee for Best Film at the 2016 Venice Film Festival, the film stars Noa Kooler, Amos Tamam, Oz Zehavi, Irit Sheleg, Ronny Merhavi, Dafi Alpern, Karin Serrouya, Erez Drigues, Oded Leopold, Udi Persi and Jonathan Rozen.
The Wedding Plan is produced by Assaf Amir. Associate producers are Tammy Cohen and Adar Shafran. The cinematographer is Amit Yasur. The film was edited by Yael Hersonski. The art director is Uri Aminov. Costume designs are by Hava Levi Rozelsky. The casting director is Michal Koren. Original music by Roy Edri.
The film will be playing at the Regal Ballantyne Theater.
RAMA BURSHTEIN (Director, Writer) won Ophirs (Israeli Oscars) for best film and best director for her first feature, Fill the Void. The film received a total of seven Ophirs as well as critical acclaim when it premiered in competition at the Venice Film Festival where star Hadas Yaron won the Coppa Volpi for best actress. The film was shown at numerous other international film festivals including Sundance, New York and Toronto. It was Israel’s official entry for the Best Foreign-Language Oscar.
Before that, Burshtein wrote, directed and produced films for the orthodox community, some of them only for women. She has also taught directing and scriptwriting in various film and television institutions within the orthodox community.
Burshtein was born in New York in 1967, and raised in Israel. She graduated from the Sam Spiegel Film and Television School in Jerusalem in 1994. During those years she became deeply religious and upon her graduation dedicated herself to promoting film as a tool for self-expression in the orthodox community.