• Production: Eran Riklis Productions
    Producers: Bettina Brokemper, Michel Ekelt Riva, Eran Riklis
  • Starring: Hiam Abbass, Clara Khoury, Makram Khoury, Uri Gabriel, Eyad Sheety, Ranin Boulos, Dirar Sliman, Maysar Massri, Ashraf Barhoum, Julie-Anne Roth, Alon Dahan, Ednan Trabsha, Marlen Bajali, Robert Henig
  • Written By: Eran Riklis, Suha Arraf
  • Distributed By: IFA, Koch Lorber Films, Mikado, Océan Films, Siglo Ltd.
  • Country: Israel
  • Language: Hebrew, Russian, French, Arabic, English

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The Syrian Bride

NarrativeOther | 2004 | 97 min.
Directed by: Eran Riklis

Mona's wedding day is slated to be one of the saddest days of her life. She knows that once she crosses the border between Israel and Syria to marry Syrian TV star Tallel, a man she has never even met, she will never be allowed back to her family in Majdal Shams, a Druze village in the Israeli occupied Golan Heights. Her family must also contend with the clash between the traditional and the new, as Mona's various family members unites to see her off. The Syrian Bride is a story about physical, mental and emotional borders, and the strength and will to cross them.

See more about The Syrian Bride at the Israel Film Center

Critical Acclaim

Ghent International Film Festival:
*Audience Award
*Best Screenplay

Kerala International Film Festival:
*NETPAC Award-Speacial Mention

Locarno International Film Festival:
*Audience Award

Montreal World Film Festival:
*Grand Prix des Ameriques
*People's Choice Award
*Prize of Ecumenical Jury

“Political dramas and soap operas don't have much in common, which makes this hybrid as surprising as it is entertaining.

-Jeff Strickler, Minneapolis Star Tribune

“Notwithstanding the movie's complex politics, the Salmans could be any family gathered for a ceremonial occasion. The excellent ensemble provides a finely shaded group portrait of the clan whose internal tensions are exacerbated by politics.”


-Stephen Holden, The New York Times

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