Lemon Tree
Film Title (Original): Etz Limon
Film Title (Spanish): El Árbol De Lima
Film Title (In English): Lemon Tree
Country Of Origin: Israel-France-Germany
Year Of Completion: 2008
Running Time: 106 Minutes
Format/Color/Bw: 35mm, Color
Language: Hebrew, Arabic
Subtitles: Yes
Rating: PG-13
Director: Eran Riklis
Executive Producers: Moshe Edery, Leon Edery, David Silber
Producers: Bettina Brokemper, Antoine de Clermont-Tonnerre, Michael Eckelt, Eran Riklis.
Screenwriters: Suha Arraf, Eran Riklis
Editor: Tova Ascher
Music: , Habib Shehadeh Hanna
Camera: Rainer Klausmann
Cast: Hiam Abbass, Doron Tavory, Ali Suleiman, Rona Lipaz-Michael, Tarik Copty, Amos Lavie

2008 Berlin Film Festival, winner, 2008 Panorama Audience Award

2008, Best Actress Award of the Israeli Film Academy to Hiam Abbass
Premio Pelicula Europea, Festival De Cine De San Sebastian, , 2008
Moscow Film Festival
Taipei Film Festival
Montréal World Film Festival
Helsinki International Film Festival

Lemon treeEran Riklis, a graduate of the National Film School, Beaconsfield, England, Israeli writer-director Eran Riklis’s feature filmography includes The Syrian Bride (2004), Vulcan Junction (1999), Zohar (1993), Cup Final (1991), and On A Clear Day You Can See Damascus (1984). He’s also written, directed and produced a number of dramatic shorts, and directed numerous television series and commercials.

The setting for Lemon Tree is Zur HaSharon, on the Israel-West Bank border, where poor Palestinian widow Salma (Hiam Abbass), makes her livelihood from a lemon grove her father planted half a century ago. When the smooth new Israeli Defense Minister decides to build an upscale new house for himself and his wife -- right up against the grove, on the Israeli side of the fence -- Salma's lemon trees are deemed a defense risk and ordered to be destroyed.

But spunky Salma, assisted by a Moscow-trained Palestinian lawyer, decides to challenge the Israeli Army’s unilateral decision – all the way to Israel’s highest court. As might be expected, the Israeli media, left and right alike, enthusiastically participate in this seemingly hopeless case, joined by the international press.

In this poignant drama, director Eran Riklis (The Syrian Bride) once again looks at the Arab-Israeli conflict from a human perspective, showing how, in a climate of suspicion and mistrust, politics can crush all who get in the way. Panorama Audience Award, 2008 Berlin Film Festival; Best Actress Award of the Israeli Film Academy, 2008.

III Dominican Republic Global Film Festival - 2009