"The Syrian Bride"
Film evening “Overcoming Borders"World Peace Day 2015: Film program
7 p.m. The Syrian Bride
France/Israel/Germany; director: Eran Riklis;
feature film; 98 min.; language: English; 2005
Home for Cooperation
8.30 p.m. Reception in the Home for Cooperation
(supported by the Cinema for Peace Foundation
9.15 p.m. Westwind
Germany/Hungary; director: Robert Thalheim;
feature film; 89 min; 2010/11
Language: German with English subtitles;
On the occasion of the World Peace Day, the Goethe-Institut Cyprus in cooperation with the Association for Historical Dialogue & Research (AHDR) and the Cinema for Peace Foundation (Berlin) invite you for a film evening on the topic of “overcoming borders”.
The Syrian Bride
Mona is living together with her family in Majdal Shams, the largest Druze village in the Golan Heights, in the part occupied by Israel. Soon she will cross the border to Syria in order to get married to the Syrian Druze Tallel, whom she knows only from his TV comedy series. After this step she will never be able to return to her family, to her village, to her old home. The tragic comedy tells the story of the bride as well as supporting characters, with the members of the family making visible the plentitude of boundaries and borders that separate not only nations, but also families, and that “seemingly can only be overcome by personal courage” (Price of the Ecumenical Jury Montreal)
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Film critic in New York Times
Summer 1988: As promising young athletes in the GDR, the twins Isa and Doreen are allowed to attend a training camp at Lake Balaton in Hungary. There, they meet Arne and Nico from Hamburg. What begins as a holiday romance develops for Doreen and Arne into a serious love affair – for which the girl from the Saxon province is willing to risking everything – namely, to escape to the West. A year later, the Berlin Wall falls, making the offense of “illegal emigration” obsolete. This is a teenage love story, which in spite of its political background and knowing what we know today, remains light-hearted and cheerful.
Homepage film (in German)
Filmtrailer (in German)
Filmportal.de (in English)
Organized in cooperation with the Cinema for Peace Foundation (Berlin) and the Association for Historical Dialogue & Research (AHDR).