Fresh off an Oscar win for Best Foreign Film for A Fantastic Woman, starring transgender actress Daniela Vega, director Sebastián Lelio is moving over to English-language cinema. His latest film, Disobedience, stars Rachel Weisz as Ronit, who returns home to the London Orthodox community she left behind at a young age when her father, a prominent rabbi, dies. She finds herself shunned by many but welcomed by her childhood friend Dovid (Alessandro Nivola), now himself an esteemed rabbi, and his wife Esti (Rachel McAdams), with whom Ronit shared a forbidden relationship that bubbles back up to the surface when they are reunited. Jewcy sat down with Lelio to discuss the making of this immersive deep dive into a reclusive community.
Abe Fried-Tanzer, a Jewcy contributor, writes about film at www.movieswithabe.com.