Director: Eran Riklis
Runtime: 106 minutes
TV Rating: TVPG
Lemon Tree (Arabic: Ø´Ø¬Ø±Ø© Ù„ÙŠÙ…ÙˆÙ†; Hebrew: ×¢×¥ ×œ×™×ž×•×Ÿ – Etz Limon) is a 2008 Israeli drama movie directed by Eran Riklis and codirected by his cousin Ira Riklis. It stars Hiam Abbass, Ali Suliman, Danny Leshman, Rona Lipaz-Michael, Tarik Kopty, Amos Lavi, Lana Zreik and Amnon Wolf. The film describes the legal efforts of a Palestinian widow to stop the Israeli Defense Minister, her next door neighbor, from destroying the lemon trees in her family farm. At the same time, she develops a human bond with the minister’s wife. It was released in Israel on 27 March 2008, and it received a tepid response from Israeli audiences. It was released internationally through IFC Films on 17 April 2009. From there, the film has achieved critical success and it has received nominations for several awards such as ‘Best Actress’ and ‘Best Screenwriter’ at the European Film Awards.
The Israeli Defense Minister Israel Navon (Doron Tavory) moves to a house on the border between Israel and the West Bank, with the building sitting on the Israeli side just next to the dividing line.