Mona’s wedding day is the saddest day of her life. She knows that once she crosses into Syria she can never return home to Israel, her village, or her family. From that moment on, she is destined to live the rest of her life in Damascus, an intimidating, unfamiliar city. The husband with whom she’ll be sharing her life may be a popular television star, but Mona doesn’t know a thing about him.
“The Syrian Bride” is the story of a marriage, set in the village, Majdal Shams, in the Israeli occupied Golan Heights near the border between Israel and Syria. It’s told from the point of view of Amal, Mona’s older sister, a free spirit trapped in a foreign land and body, a woman who dreams of other times and places. Mona’s crisis is a turning point in her sister’s life. From today onward she can never go back to what she was before.
The Syrian Bride is the story of how a family on the brink of disintegration is put to the test. There is both affinity and alienation, yet all around them people and forces are at work with vastly differing degrees of understanding and sensitivity, or lack thereof. “The Syrian Bride” unfolds on Mona’s wedding day, from five in the morning until five in the morning of the following day when Amal wakes up to write her diary. But, on this particular morning, her thoughts are full of hope. During the twenty-fours of the wedding, we will be introduced to the epic human drama of a village living on the border, neither here nor there. It is the story of a family torn apart by questions of tradition, politics, and prejudice. It is the story of bonds and the lack of bonds between the Israelis, Druze, Syrians and French, who play a part in a huge tableau in a small and God-forsaken place.
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 (1992, 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. Born in Jerusalem, raised in the USA, Canada and Brazil, Riklis graduated from The National Film School, Beaconsfield, England in 1982. Married to Dina (a filmmaker too), father of Tammy (a committed journalist) and… read more