Lemon Tree

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  • NR
  • Genre(s): Drama War
  • Release year: 2008
  • Running time: 106 min
Salma Zidane (Hiam Abbass), a 45-year-old widow from a small Palestinian village in the West bank, finds herself at war with the Israeli Minister of Defense (Doron Tavory) who built his house on the green line border between Israel and the occupied... read more
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Salma Zidane (Hiam Abbass), a 45-year-old widow from a small Palestinian village in the West bank, finds herself at war with the Israeli Minister of Defense (Doron Tavory) who built his house on the green line border between Israel and the occupied Territories on the edge of Salma's lemon grove. soon enough the Israeli security forces claim that the grove is a threat to the safety of the minister and issue orders to uproot the lemon trees. Salma, whose son is in America and whose daughters live far away from her, decides to fight for her trees. She embarks on a legal journey all the way up to the Israeli Supreme Court. Salma is joined by a young Palestinian lawyer, Ziad Daud (Ali Suliman), who fights against a wall of clever military lawyers who have the backing of the government. Ziad, 34, divorced from a Russian woman he met while attending law school in Moscow, falls in love with Salma. Their love affair is a complicated and dangerous one as Palestinian widows are not free to do whatever they like, certainly not fall in love, certainly not with younger men. Salma realizes that she has an inner strength that allows her to continue her lonely quest, despite the pressures put on her from both sides - Israeli and Palestinian. Salma is fighting for trees that were planted by her father over 50 years ago, trees that have absorbed blood, sweat and tears like the whole region. She will not let them be cut down just to satisfy absurd security requirements. On the other side of the grove, Mira Navon (Rona Lipaz-Michael), the Minister's wife, is also undergoing a major change in her life. After fulfilling her duties for so many years, and despite the new house and her husband's new and powerful job, she feels unhappy. The clock is ticking away and there must be more to life than her share so far. The events around her invisible new neighbor gradually raise her awareness of her husband's approach to the whole affair, and she finds herself defying what is expected of her. A bond is created between the two women, each of them discovering a new life ahead of them, each in her own territory, across the deep border between them.

Original Release

02/08/2008

US Release

02/08/2008

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Cast

Hiam Abbass Selma Zidane / Salma Zidane
Ali Suliman Ziad Daud
Rona Lipaz-Michael Frau des Verteidigungsministers / Mira Navon
Doron Tavory Verteidigungsminister / Defense Minister Israel Navon
Tarik Kopty Abu Hussam
Amnon Wolf Leibowitz
Amos Tamam Simon Hasson
Danny Leshman Private Itamar 'Quickie'
Ayelet Robinson Shelly
Smadar Jaaron Tamar Gera
(see additional cast & crew)

Directors

Eran Riklis

Writers

Eran Riklis, Suha Arraf

Cast

Hiam Abbass Selma Zidane / Salma Zidane
Ali Suliman Ziad Daud
Rona Lipaz-Michael Frau des Verteidigungsministers / Mira Navon
Doron Tavory Verteidigungsminister / Defense Minister Israel Navon
Tarik Kopty Abu Hussam
Amnon Wolf Leibowitz
Amos Tamam Simon Hasson
Danny Leshman Private Itamar 'Quickie'
Ayelet Robinson Shelly
Smadar Jaaron Tamar Gera
Makram Khoury Abu Kamal
Yair Lapid Self - the TV presenter
Hili Yalon Sigi Navon
Amos Lavi Commander Jacob
Jameel Khoury Mussa - Salma's Son-in-Law
Lana Zreik Laila - Salma's daughter
Loai Nofi Nasser Zidane
Michael Warshaviak Braverman - the attorney
Liron Baranes Gilad
Einat Saruf Self - Singing at the party

Producers

Ira Riklis Executive Producer
Leon Edery Executive Producer
Moshe Edery Executive Producer
David Silber Executive Producer
Moshe Edery Producer
Leon Edery Producer
David Silber Producer
Bettina Brokemper Producer
Antoine de Clermont-Tonnerre Producer
Michael Eckelt Producer
Eran Riklis Producer
Rémi Burah Producer
Johannes Rexin Producer
Ira Riklis Producer

Editors

Tova Ascher

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