Lemon Tree

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About Lemon Tree

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.

Acclaim

"The rare ability to make intelligent, entertaining cinema from hot-button current issues is illustrated beautifully in LEMON TREE"
Variety
"Wise and poignant"
Hollywood Reporter
"Intelligent, entertaining cinema. A multifaceted drama straddling the Palestinian-Israeli chasm...An outstanding performance from Hiam Abbass"
Variety
"****! Captivating...compelling...Abbass's soulful resilience is the emotional clincher."
Time Out London

Awards

Official Selection
Berlin Film Festival 2008
Official Selection
Mill Valley Film Festival 2008
Winner - Best Actress - Hiam Abbass
Israeli Film Academy Awards 2008
Official Selection
Edinburgh International Film Festival 2008
Winner, Audience Award
Berlin International Film Festival 2008
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Lemon Tree
DE | 2009 | U | 106 min
May 1, 2009

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