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Films & Schedules - Lemon Tree

Tue, Feb 17, 2009
at 7:15 PM (B4)

Wed, Feb 18, 2009
at 8:30 PM (WH)

Lemon Tree

DIRECTOR: Eran Riklis - Israel

Lemon Tree turns a minor political skirmish into an affecting parable of a region relentlessly divided.  Salma, a Palestinian widow, finds her beloved lemon grove--a family legacy--threatened when a stubborn Israeli defense minister moves in next door and declares the trees, which straddle the Israel/West Bank border, a security threat.  Salma takes her seemingly hopeless case all the way to the Israeli High Court with the help of a young Palestinian attorney. The legal battle stirs the compassion of the minister's wife, a woman left unhappy and marginalized by her husband's blossoming career, and she forms a surprising solidarity with Salma.  Nominated for seven Israeli Acadmey Awards, Lemon Tree is this year's Israeli submission for the Best Foreign Language Film Oscar.

Selected Filmography: On A Clear Day You Can See Damascus (84), Cup Final (91), Volcano Junction (99), The Syrian Bride (04).

Sponsored by the Portland Jewish Film Festival, April 17-26.

B4     106 Minutes    

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