Lemon Tree (2008)

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  • IMDb page: Lemon Tree (2008)
  • Rate: 7.2/10 total 2,923 votes 
  • Genre: Drama
  • Release Date: 27 March 2008 (Israel)
  • Runtime: Germany:106 min (Berlin International Film Festival) | Argentina:106 min | USA:106 min
  • Filming Location: Djelazoun, West Bank, Israel
  • Gross: $566,052(USA)(9 August 2009)
  • Director: Eran Riklis
  • Stars: Hiam Abbass, Rona Lipaz-Michael and Ali Suliman
  • Original Music By: Habib Shadah (original music by) (as Habib Shehadeh Hanna) 
  • Soundtrack: Lemon Tree Very Pretty, And The Lemon Flower Is Sweet
  • Sound Mix: Dolby Digital
  • Plot Keyword: Tree | Grove | Lemon | Palestinian | Widow

Writing Credits By:

    (in alphabetical order)

  • Suha Arraf  screenplay
  • Eran Riklis  screenplay

Known Trivia

    Plot: The story of a Palestinian widow who must defend her lemontree field when a new Israeli Defense Minister moves next to her and threatens to have her lemon grove torn down. Full summary »  »

    Story: Salma Zidane, a widow, lives simply from her grove of lemon trees in the West Bank's occupied territory. The Israeli defense minister and his wife move next door; the Secret Service orders the trees removed for security. The stoic Salma seeks assistance from the Palestinian Authority (useless), Israeli army (dismissive), and a young attorney, Ziad Daud, who takes the case; this older client attracts him. While the courts deliberate, the Israelis fence her trees and prohibit her from entering the grove. As the trees wither, the defense minister's wife and, separately, an Israeli journalist, look on Salma with sympathy. In this allegory, does David stand a chance against Goliath?Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com>  


    Synopsis: Salma, a Palestinian widow – living there for decades – has to stand up against her new neighbor, the Israeli Defence Minister, when he moves into his new house opposite her lemon grove, on the green line border between Israel and the West Bank. The Israeli security forces are quick to declare that Salma’s trees pose a threat to the Ministers safety and issue orders to uproot them. Together with Ziad Daud, a young Palestinian lawyer, Salma goes all the way to the Israeli Supreme Court to try and save her trees.Her struggle raises the interest of Mira Navon, the Defence Minister’s wife, trapped in her new home and in an unhappy life. Despite their differences, and the borders between them, the two women develop an invisible bond, while forbidden ties grow stronger between Salma and Ziad. Salmas legal and personal journey lead her deep into the complex, dark and sometimes funny chaos of the ongoing struggle in the Middle East, in which all players find themselves alone in their struggle to survive.As usual, the Palestinian cause is dismissed, the movie ends with the Israeli wife moving out (obviously separating from her husband), a tall concrete wall has been built between the two properties and a final camera shot shows us half the trees have been cut right down.

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    Produced By:

    • Bettina Brokemper known as co-producer
    • Rémi Burah known as co-producer
    • Antoine de Clermont-Tonnerre known as co-producer
    • Michael Eckelt known as co-producer
    • Leon Edery known as executive producer
    • Moshe Edery known as executive producer
    • Johannes Rexin known as line producer
    • Eran Riklis known as producer
    • Ira Riklis known as co-producer
    • David Silber known as executive producer

    FullCast & Crew:

    • Hiam Abbass known as Salma Zidane
    • Rona Lipaz-Michael known as Mira Navon
    • Ali Suliman known as Ziad Daud
    • Doron Tavory known as Defense Minister Israel Navon
    • Tarik Kopty known as Abu Hussam (as Tarik Copti)
    • Amos Lavi known as Commander Jacob (as Amos Lavie)
    • Amnon Wolf known as Leibowitz
    • Liron Baranes known as Gilad
    • Smadar Jaaron known as Tamar Gera (as Smadar Yaaron)
    • Danny Leshman known as Private Itamar 'Quickie'
    • Ayelet Robinson known as Shelly
    • Amos Tamam known as Simon Hasson
    • Loai Nofi known as Nasser Zidane (as Loai Noufi)
    • Hili Yalon known as Sigi Navon
    • Makram Khoury known as Abu Kamal (as Makram J. Khoury)
    • Michael Warshaviak known as Braverman – the attorney
    • Jamil Khoury known as Mussa – Salma's Son-in-Law
    • Yair Lapid known as Himself – the TV presenter
    • Einat Saruf known as Herself – Singing at the party
    • Lana Zreik known as Laila – Salma's daughter

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    Production Companies:

    • Heimatfilm (presents)
    • MACT Productions (presents)
    • Eran Riklis Productions (presents)
    • Riva Filmproduktion (presents)
    • arte France Cinéma (in co-production with)
    • ZDF/Arte (in co-production with)
    • Metro Communications (in co-production with)
    • United King Films (in co-production with)
    • Citrus Film Investors (in co-production with)
    • Canal+ (with the participation of)
    • Filmstiftung Nordrhein-Westfalen (with the support of)
    • Israeli Film Fund (with the support of)
    • Centre National de la Cinématographie (CNC) (with the support of)
    • Lemon Tree
    • Ministry of Education and Sport (with the support of)

    Other Companies:

    • Gal-Kol Studios  music recorded at


    • Bir Film (2009) (Turkey) (all media) (limited)
    • Agora (2008) (Switzerland) (theatrical)
    • Arsenal Filmverleih (2008) (Germany) (theatrical)
    • Camera Film (2008) (Denmark) (theatrical)
    • Cine Video y TV (200?) (Mexico) (theatrical)
    • Cinéart (2008) (Netherlands) (theatrical)
    • Distribution Company (2009) (Argentina) (theatrical)
    • Fidalgo Films (2008) (Norway) (theatrical)
    • Filmtrade (2008) (Greece) (theatrical)
    • Folkets Bio (2008) (Sweden) (theatrical)
    • Golem Distribución (200?) (Spain) (theatrical)
    • Halcyon Pictures (2008) (UK) (theatrical)
    • IFC Films (2009) (USA) (theatrical) (subtitled)
    • Imovision (200?) (Brazil) (theatrical)
    • Océan Films (2008) (France) (theatrical)
    • E1 Entertainment (2009) (Canada) (DVD)
    • Sundance (2011) (USA) (TV)
    • Twin Pics (200?) (Netherlands) (DVD)
    • good movies! (2009) (Germany) (DVD)

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    Special Effects:

    • CinePostproduction

    Visual Effects by:

    • Markus Bäuerle known as digital post supervisor

    Release Date:

    • Germany 8 February 2008 (Berlin International Film Festival)
    • Israel 27 March 2008
    • France 23 April 2008
    • Switzerland 30 April 2008 (French speaking region)
    • Belgium 21 May 2008
    • Russia 20 June 2008 (Moscow Film Festival)
    • Taiwan 20 June 2008 (Taipei Film Festival)
    • Greece 26 June 2008
    • Sweden 27 June 2008
    • South Korea 10 July 2008
    • Netherlands 31 July 2008
    • Brazil 5 August 2008 (Sao Paulo Jewish Film Festival)
    • Brazil 8 August 2008
    • Canada 22 August 2008 (Montréal World Film Festival)
    • Norway 5 September 2008
    • Finland 20 September 2008 (Helsinki International Film Festival)
    • Spain 3 October 2008
    • USA 18 October 2008 (Chicago International Film Festival)
    • Italy 27 November 2008 (Turin Film Festival)
    • Ireland 12 December 2008
    • Italy 12 December 2008
    • UK 12 December 2008
    • Brazil 12 February 2009 (DVD premiere)
    • USA 17 February 2009 (Portland International Film Festival)
    • Turkey 27 February 2009
    • Argentina 14 March 2009 (Pantalla Pinamar Festival)
    • Denmark 17 April 2009 (CPHPIX Festival)
    • USA 17 April 2009 (limited)
    • Canada 1 May 2009 (limited)
    • Denmark 1 May 2009
    • Hungary 21 May 2009
    • Germany 22 May 2009 (DVD premiere)
    • New Zealand 4 June 2009
    • Mexico 12 June 2009 (Foro Internacional de la Cineteca)
    • Colombia 10 July 2009
    • Croatia 27 July 2009 (Motovun Film Festival)
    • Canada 8 September 2009 (DVD premiere)
    • Argentina 29 October 2009
    • USA 3 November 2009 (DVD premiere)
    • Mexico 25 December 2009
    • Finland 28 August 2010 (TV premiere)


    Filmography links and data courtesy of The Internet Movie Database

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