Archive Cinema City 2013.

The Syrian Bride

Ha'Kalah Ha'Surit

Genre: Drama
Country: France, Germany, Israel
Year: 2004
Duration: 97 min

Director: Eran Riklis
Scenario: Eran Riklis, Suha Arraf

Cast: Clara Khoury, Ashraf Barhom, Hiam Abbass, Makram Khoury, Eyad Sheety, Evelyn Kaplun, Julie-Anne Roth, Adnan Tarabshi, Marlene Bajali, Uri Gavriel, Alon Dahan, Robert Henig, Dirar Suleiman

Programme selection: Respect to Eran Riklis

Original language: Arabic, Hebrew, English, French, Russian
Subtitles: English, Serbian


Mona's wedding day is the saddest day of her life. She knows that once she crosses the border between Israel and Syria to marry Syrian TV star Tallel, she will never be allowed back to her family in Majdal Shams, a Druze village in the Israeli occupied Golan Heights. The story of Mona's wedding day is a story about physical, mental and emotional borders and the will to cross them.

Eran Riklis

Born in Jerusalem (1954), raised in the USA, Canada and Brazil, Riklis graduated from The National Film School, Beaconsfield, England in 1982. Eran Riklis is one of Israel’s leading film makers. His films nclude The Syrian Bride (2004), winner of 18 international awards, released world wide, Cup Final (1991, presented in Venice and Berlin and in numerous other festivals), Zohar (1993, the biggest Israeli box-office success of the ‘90s), Temptation (2002, based on an Israeli bestseller), the nostalgic, rock & roll film Vulcan Junction (2000) and his first film On a Clear Day You Can See Damascus (1984). Riklis directed and produced many TV films, major series and documentaries, including Room Service, The Truck, Cause of Death: Murder, Me and My Family, Lucky, Lethal Money, The Poetics of the Masses, Borders and more. He also produced films such as Three Mothers, Burning Mooki, Until Tomorrow Comes and more. Married to Dina (a filmmaker too), father of Tammy (a committed journalist) and Jonathan (a jazz pianist), lives in Tel Aviv.


B’Yom Bahir Ro’im et Damashek (1984) • Gmar Gavi’a (1992) • Zohar (1993) • Straight Ve-La’inyan (TV series, 1993) • Sipurey Efraim (TV series, 1995) • Volcano Junction (1999) • Vegvul Natan (doc. 2002) • Ha-Masa’it (TV series, 2002) • Pituy (2002) • The Syrian Bride (2004) • Lemon Tree (2008) • Fime Men and a Wedding (TV series, 2008) • The Human Resources Manager (2010) • A Soldier and a Boy (short, 2011) • Playoff (2011) • Zaytoun (2012) • Dancing Arabs (2013)