Lemon Tree

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Winner of the Audience Award at the Berlin Film Festival and Best Actress prize (Hiam Abbass) at the Israeli Film Academy Awards, Lemon Tree is Eran Riklis’ (The Syrian Bride, Cup Final) engaging human drama of one woman’s struggle to preserve her way of life in the midst of political turmoil. The wonderful Hiam Abbass (The Visitor) is Salma, a Palestinian widow who earns her living tending to her late father’s lemon grove. When an Israeli government minister moves next door and declares the grove a potential security threat, Salma struggles to defend her peaceful livelihood. Personal drama gives way to political controversies as Salma forms an unexpected bond with the minister’s lonely wife (Rona Lipaz-Michael), and takes her protest – with the help of her young lawyer (Ali Suliman, Paradise Now) – all the way to the Israeli Supreme Court.”


Read M. Faust's review of Lemon Tree in the July 30th edition of Artvoice.

tags: drama foreign hiam abbas rona lipaz-michael ali suliman eran riklis
credits: IFC Films / http://ifcfilms.com/viewFilm.htm?filmId=1418
posted on 07/29/2009

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