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LEMON TREE (G)

Israel / Germany / France, 2008 (MIFF 2008, Border Patrol)

Director: Eran Riklis

LEMON TREE (G)

“A multifaceted drama straddling the Palestinian-Israeli chasm that's marbled with irony, generosity, anger and pure crowd-pleasing optimism.” - Variety

Eran Riklis takes a fresh look at the Israeli -Palestine conflict by imbuing it with the warmth of a personal story. Palestinian widow Salma Zidane lovingly tends to a lemon grove planted on the Israel-West Bank border by her father 50 years ago. When the Israeli Defense Minister builds an ostentatious house right next to Salma's lemon grove, it becomes the focus of bitter frictions.

An intelligent allegory for the hotly politicised border debate, The Lemon Tree doesn't shy away from taking sides.

“There are so many walls that are created by tradition and religion and bad blood from the past.” - filmmaker Eran Riklis


D Eran Riklis P Antoine de Clermont-Tonnerre, Bettina Brokemper, Michael Eckelt, Eran Riklis S Suha Arraf, Eran Riklis Dist Potential Films L Hebrew, Arabic, English w/English subtitles TD 35mm/2008/106mins

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