Lemon Tree

Lemon Tree

Israel / Frankreich / Deutschland 2007/2008, Spielfilm

Inhalt

Salma Zidane lives in a tiny Palestinian village on the West Bank. She is 45 years old and a widow. Her children have left home, and she is alone. When the Israeli minister of defence builds a house on the other side of the green line, Selma′s lemon trees come to the attention of his bodyguards. Her trees are a security risk. They can hide terrorists and impede the bodyguards in their work. In any case, these Palestinian lemon trees simply get in the way of the powerful Minister′s superior security needs.

The lemon trees were planted by Salma′s family many generations ago – they are synonymous with Salma′s family history. Salma gets herself a lawyer. But Ziad Daud is up against a battery of clever military lawyers, all of whom are covered by the top brass. It′s an unfair battle, that isn′t made any easier when the 45-yearold widow falls in love with her lawyer, a divorcee ten years her junior – a scandal as far as her Palestinian neighbours are concerned. On the other side of the grove, Salma′s struggle to keep her trees has not gone unnoticed. The defence minister′s wife, who has become more and more lonely and unhappy as her husband′s political career has blossomed, feels increasingly drawn to Salma as the unfair battle between her husband and their Palestinian neighbours drags on. An invisible bond connects these two very different women who find themselves on the brink of a new phase in their lives.

Source: 58. Internationale Filmfestspiele Berlin (Catalogue)

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Credits

Director:Eran Riklis
Screenplay:Suha Arraf, Eran Riklis
Director of photography:Rainer Klausmann
Editing:Tova Ascher
Music:Habib Shehadeh Hanna
  
Cast: 
Hiyam AbbasSalma Zidane
Doron TavoryVerteidigungsminister
Ali SulimanZiad Daud
Rona Lipaz-MichaelFrau des Verteidigungsministers
Tarek CoptiAbu Hussam
Amos LaviHauptmann Jacob
Amnon WolfLeibowitz
Smadar YaaronTamar Gera
Ayelet RobinsonShelly
Danny LeshmanGefreiter Quickie
  
Production company:Eran Riklis Productions Ltd. (Tel Aviv)
Producer:Eran Riklis, Leon Edery, Moshe Edery, David Silber

All Credits

Director:Eran Riklis
Assistant director:Michal Engel
Screenplay:Suha Arraf, Eran Riklis
Director of photography:Rainer Klausmann
Production design:Miguel Merkin
Costume design:Rona Doron
Editing:Tova Ascher
Sound design:Gil Toren
Sound:Asher Milo
Audio mixing:Hervé Buirette
Casting:Yael Aviv
Music:Habib Shehadeh Hanna
  
Cast: 
Hiyam AbbasSalma Zidane
Doron TavoryVerteidigungsminister
Ali SulimanZiad Daud
Rona Lipaz-MichaelFrau des Verteidigungsministers
Tarek CoptiAbu Hussam
Amos LaviHauptmann Jacob
Amnon WolfLeibowitz
Smadar YaaronTamar Gera
Ayelet RobinsonShelly
Danny LeshmanGefreiter Quickie
  
Production company:Eran Riklis Productions Ltd. (Tel Aviv)
in co-production with:MACT Productions S.A. (Paris), Riva Filmproduktion GmbH (Hamburg), Heimatfilm GmbH + Co KG (Köln)
in association with:Zweites Deutsches Fernsehen (ZDF)/Arte (Mainz), Arte France Cinéma (Paris), Canal + (Paris)
Producer:Eran Riklis, Leon Edery, Moshe Edery, David Silber
Co-Producer:Bettina Brokemper, Antoine de Clermont-Tonnerre, Michael Eckelt, Ira Riklis
Line producer:Ayelet Imberman, Uzi Karin
Associate producer:Marcia Riklis
Original distributor:Arsenal Filmverleih GmbH (Tübingen)
Funding:Film- und Medien Stiftung NRW (Düsseldorf)
Length:2910 m, 106 min
Format:35mm, 1:1,85
Picture/Sound:Farbe, Ton
Rating:FSK-Prüfung (DE): 03.07.2008, 114539, ab 6 Jahre / feiertagsfrei
Screening:Uraufführung (DE): 08.02.2008, Berlin, IFF - Panorama Special;
Kinostart (DE): 02.10.2008;
TV-Erstsendung (DE FR): 02.12.2010, Arte

Titles

Originaltitel (IL) Shajarat limon
Originaltitel (FR) Les Citronniers
Originaltitel (DE) Lemon Tree
Weiterer Titel (IL) Etz Limon

Versions

Original

Length:2910 m, 106 min
Format:35mm, 1:1,85
Picture/Sound:Farbe, Ton
Rating:FSK-Prüfung (DE): 03.07.2008, 114539, ab 6 Jahre / feiertagsfrei
Screening:Uraufführung (DE): 08.02.2008, Berlin, IFF - Panorama Special;
Kinostart (DE): 02.10.2008;
TV-Erstsendung (DE FR): 02.12.2010, Arte
 

Awards

IFF Berlin 2008
Panorama-Publikumspreis