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Zaytoun | Review

16 September 2013 9:00 AM, PDT | ioncinema | See recent ioncinema news »

Pitted Olive: Riklis’ Period Piece Adventure a Sappy Fantasy

Israeli director Eran Riklis returns to familiar territory with Zaytoun, using another unlikely friendship scenario between a Palestinian and Israeli which he used to great effect in previous titles, such as the excellent 2008 film Lemon Tree. Broadening his international appeal with a well known American star, Riklis ends up making an overly sentimental film that tends to overstep the bounds of realism as he explores a distinct time period in early 80’s war torn Lebanon. While it’s not a wholly unlikeable film, there’s just a few too many out of place elements to make this anything more than a predictably tame tale.

It’s 1982 and there’s a war going on between Israel and Lebanon. In the years leading up to this, many Palestinian families lived as refugees in Beirut, but were segregated into camps, where they were hardly treated with respect. »

- Nicholas Bell

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Watch: Official Us Trailer for Pow Drama 'Zaytoun' with Stephen Dorff

15 August 2013 10:16 AM, PDT | | See recent news »

It's been nearly a year since the drama Zaytoun premiered at the 2012 Toronto International Film Festival, and the film is finally headed to Us theaters this fall after premiering in the UK late last year. An international trailer showed off the dramatic chops of Stephen Dorff in the the story of a young Palestinian refugee and an Israeli fighter pilot in Beirut in 1982 as they form a tentative bond in their attempt to make their way across war-torn Lebanon and back home. This trailer tries to drum up film enthusiast interest by touting the producer of The King's Speech, but hopefully the film speaks for itself. Here's the Us trailer for Eran Riklis' Zaytoun from Strand Releasing: Zaytoun is directed by Eran Riklis and written by first-time writer Nader Rizq The story follows an unlikely alliance between a 12-year-old Palestinian refugee and an Israeli fighter pilot shot down »

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