Israeli director Eran Riklis has just wrapped The Syrian Bride, the story of a young bride who will never be able to visit her family in the Golan Heights after her marriage to a Syrian man.
The story is set during the wedding day when all the family members and other interested parties gather at the border for the wedding.
Like A Wedding In Galilee and Rana's Wedding - both recent pictures made by Palestinian filmmakers - it puts Israeli-Arab political conflict into everyday human terms using a wedding as the backdrop for their metaphor.
Directed and produced by Riklis (Cup Final, Vulcan Junction), it was also produced by Bettina Brokemper and Michael Eckelt of Neue Impuls Film, Germany and Antoine de Clermont-Tonnerre of MACT Productions, France. Written by Suha Arraf and Riklis, cinematography is by Michael Wiesweg (Germany).
The $2.5m budget was raised from ARTE France, ARTE Germany, CANAL+ France, CNC Fund France, NRW Fund Germany, The Israeli Film Fund and ICP Cable TV Israel. Now in post production, the film will be presented for selection to the upcoming Cannes Film Festival.