IFC Films gets 'Lemon Tree'


CORRECTED 2:00 p.m. PT, March 26, 2008

NEW YORK -- IFC Films has picked up all U.S. rights to Eran Riklis' "Lemon Tree," an Israeli drama that won the Panorama section Audience Award at the Berlin International Film Festival last month.

"Lemon" is inspired by the true story of a Palestinian widow (Hiam Abbass) forced to stand up against the Israeli Defense Minister when he moves into his new house opposite her lemon grove and threatens to have it torn down.

Riklis is best known for his 2004 film "The Syrian Bride" (written with his "Lemon" co-writer Suha Arraf, ) which earned 18 international awards including best film at the Montreal World Film Festival.

"Lemon" will be released through the theatrical/VOD IFC In Theaters program.

IFC's Arianna Bocco negotiated the deal with Didar Domehri from Films Distribution, who represented Riklis.