posted November 11, 2009

Knickerbocker to Show “Lemon Tree” Nov. 16-20

The Hope College Knickerbocker Film Series will present "Lemon Tree" on Monday-Friday, Nov. 16-20, at 7:30 p.m. at the Knickerbocker Theatre in downtown Holland.

Widowed empty-nester Salma Zidane lives on the Palestinian West Bank, in a little house flanked by lemon trees planted by her great grandparents. Unfortunately, when the Israeli minister of defense builds a house adjacent to her own, her lemon trees are deemed a security risk. Salma hires a lawyer to prevent the powerful man from having her ancestral trees removed, but the odds are stacked against her, and to make matters worse, she begins to fall in love with her lawyer. Things seem bleak, but it looks like hope could shine in from an unexpected source, when the minister's neglected wife develops sympathy for Salma's plight.

The "Los Angeles Times" has called the film a "sober-hearted take on the righteous blowback from whittled-away souls, and a movie that invariably rights itself with each return to the beautifully steely gaze of Abbass."

Tickets are $6 for regular admission and $5 for students and senior citizens, and can be purchased at the door or in advance at the ticket office in the front lobby of the DeVos Fieldhouse. The ticket office is open weekdays from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and can be called at (616) 395-7890.

The DeVos Fieldhouse is located at 222 Fairbanks Ave., between Ninth and 11th streets.  The Knickerbocker Theatre is located at 86 E. Eighth St., between College and Columbia avenues.

Additional information may be obtained online by visiting http://www.hope.edu/arts/knick.