Tuesday, June 21, 2005

The Syrian Bride / La Fiancée Syrienne

I heard about this movie from a friend of mine in Montréal who saw it on the weekend (it has been running there for weeks, and apparently Montréalers loved it).
The screenwriter and all the actors are Arabs, and the language of the movie is Arabic. The Director, however, is an Israeli Jew, so I am not expecting it to be playing in a Syrian theatre near you.
Since I haven’t seen this movie, I am not sure what to make of it. It might be just another Israeli propaganda movie, or may be not?!
Anyway, if anyone saw it, please enlighten us!!

Starring: Hiam Abbass, Makram Khoury, Clara Khoury, Ashraf Barhoum…
Directed by: Eran Riklis
Run time: 98 min.
Genre: Drama

- Montreal World Film Festival 2004: Grand Prix of the Americas, People's Choice Award, Fripresci Prize, Ecumenical Prize
- Locarno 2004:Public Choise Award
- Gent 2004: Best Script Award, Public Award
- Auxerre 2004 : Grand Prix, Best Original Score
- Bastia 2004: Best Actor, Best Script Award, Jury Award
- Cinematographic meetings of Cannes: Public Award, Best Soundtrack Award

The Syrian Bride is an emotional, authentic and often humorous drama defying all borders, whether physical or mental.
In Golan Heights, originally Syrian land but Israeli-occupied since 1967, Mona’s arranged marriage to a Syrian TV star she’s never met is the catalyst for a conflict-ridden day for her family and numerous others across both borders.
Mona's wedding day is the saddest day of her life…
Syrians at heart, yet separated from their homeland, the Druze villagers are both pleased to see Mona gain citizenship to Syria through her marriage, yet painfully aware that once she crosses the border, she can never again return to her close-knit family. In a tale of tensions between tradition, family dynamics and personal fulfillment, each member of Mona’s family has his or her own story of love, desire, and duty, all necessarily interwoven with the political circumstances surrounding their land.

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Blogger Rami said...

My apology to Steliano, Hani and others whose comments were deleted yesterday, along with this post and several others, during my attempt to switch to a new template…
Anyway, thank you for your comments :)

June 21, 2005 7:30 AM  
Blogger Yazan said...

I've heard about this movie... I've read some really intersting reviews about it too... I think it's about a Syrians in Golan... it didn't seem much of an israeli propagenda.. but rather a neutral way of looking into this whole issue... though I didn't see it.. but that was my impression from the reviews...

June 21, 2005 4:47 PM  
Blogger Steliano Ponticos said...

Oh..I just said that the movie was very well recieved in France. I know many people who saw it.

June 21, 2005 7:10 PM  
Anonymous Eran Riklis said...

Rami - I came across your site and thought it would be nice to send a comment. I am the director-producer of The Syrian Bride and my biggest hope is that the film will one day open in Syria. I'm sure Syrians will be happy with it just like people around the world are.
best wishes,
Eran Riklis

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Anonymous Yael said...

I just saw the movie with my arabic class- it's not an israeli propaganda movie at all, in fact i had the distinct feeling that one of the Israeli character was "the bad guy." It's really nicely done, i highly recommend it.

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