Lemon Tree: Eran Riklis' Israeli Film Generates Buzz in Berlin Fest

February 9, 2008–Generating Berlin Film Fest buy buzz, “Lemon Tree,” by Eran Riklis, has racked up a string of sales.

Major territories that licensed the pic include Italy, Spain, Benelux, and Canada sales agent Films Distribution announced Saturday. The drama has also been licensed to Switzerland and Greece. Deals were closed after Friday's well-received Panorama screening, Films Distribution said.

Co-written by Riklis and former Palestine journalist Suha Arraf, “Lemon Tree” turns on a Palestinian widow battling to protect her lemon tree grove from destruction after it is declared a threat to the security of the Israeli defense minister who has built a neighboring mansion on the Israeli side of the wall. Palestinian actress Hiam Abbass has been praised for her lead performance in the film.