Disobedience (2017)

Adaptation of Naomi Alderman’s Best Selling Novel

Romantic-drama based on Naomi Alderman’s novel about the estranged daughter (Ronit) of a rabbi who returns from New York to the Orthodox Jewish neighbourhood she grew up in Hedon, North London, following her father’s death. However, her arrival causes significant upheaval in the quiet community. And it’s the story of Esti, Ronit’s childhood friend, who stayed in Hedon even though the community consider her strange. And it’s the story of Dovid, Esti’s husband; he’s heir presumptive to Ronit’s father, but doesn’t seem to want the post. The movie is currently in post-production after filming early 2017 in London and New York and no release date has been announced yet.

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Rachel as: Esti
Other cast: Rachel Weisz (Ronit), Alessandro Nivola (Dovid Kuperman)
Alternative Title: TBA
Directed by: Sebastián Lelio
Written by: Sebastián Lelio & Rebecca Lenkiewicz (screenplay adaptation), Naomi Alderman (Novel)
Production Status: Post-Production
World Premiere: TBA
Theatrical Release: 2017 (US, unconfirmed)
Genre: Drama
Rated: TBA
Distributor: TBA. Produced by Braven Films, Element Pictures & Film 4
Run time: Not yet available
Production budget: Not yet available
Box office: Not yet available
Producers: Ed Guiney, Frida Torresblanco, Rachel Weisz & Genevieve Lemal (co-producer)
Original Music by: TBA
Cinematography by: Danny Cohen

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Production Process

Production reportedly began on January 3, 2017 in London, United Kingdom. The movie filmed on-location in (North) London, including in the Cricklewood area and the S&P Sephardi Synagogue. After wrapping up production in London mid-February the movie filmed (on location) in New York. To prepare for the movie Rachel visited the Hasmonean School.

Triva & Facts

  • Rachel McAdams and Rachel Weisz previously worked together on Terrence Malick’s film “To The Wonder”, however Weisz’s scenes did not make it into the final cut. Rachel Weisz and Alessandro Nivola previously worked together on I Want You (1998).
  • This is Sebastián Lelio’s first English language movie.
  • Quotes from Rachel

    “I’m working on a film called ‘Disobedience’ with Rachel Weisz and we are actually going to shoot it here [in London]. It is based on a very lovely novel and it’s set in a Jewish Ortodox community here in Hendon.”
    On filming the movie (BBC Radio 2)

    “I remember her [Rachel Weisz] telling me her mom put her in dresses as a kid but her hair would be a total mess and her knees scraped up and she’d be off playing in the dirt. I feel like that little kid is still in her. She’s this gorgeous, timeless, poised, wickedly smart beauty, but she likes to keep things messy and unexpected.”
    On working with Rachel Weisz (New York Times)

    Quotes from Cast & Crew

    “We worked in a very similar way, in that neither of us liked to sit and analyze it. We were just like, ‘Let’s do it and see what happens.’ And she’s very touching and tender and soulful as Esti and as a person.”
    Rachel Weisz on Rachel McAdams (New York Times)

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