The Syrian Bride

Synopsis: In Majdal Shams, the largest Druze village in Golan Heights on the Israeli-Syrian border, the Druze bride Mona is engaged to get married with Tallel, a television comedian that works in the Revolution Studios in Damascus, Syria. They have never met each other because of the occupation of the area by Israel since 1967; when Mona moves to Syria, she will lose her undefined nationality and will never be allowed to return home. Mona's father Hammed is a political activist pro-Syria that is on probation by the Israeli government. His older son Hatten married a Russian woman eight years ago and was banished from Majdal Shams by the religious leaders and his father. His brother Marwan is a wolf trader that lives in Italy. His sister Amal has two teenager daughters and has the intention to join the university, but her marriage with Amin is in crisis. When the family gathers for Mona's wedding, an insane bureaucracy jeopardizes the ceremony.
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Director(s): Eran Riklis
Production: Koch Lorber Films
  8 wins & 15 nominations.
Rotten Tomatoes:
97 min

Majdal Shams

on the Israeli-Syrian border,

is the largest Druze village

in the Golan Heights.

The identity of the Druze in the Golan

is divided between Israel and Syria.

Their citizenship

is defined by Israel as "Unidentified".

An Eren Riklis film

Majdal Shams, Golan Heights

I'll ask George to fix your hair

like Zbeida Tarwath had

in that movie with Farid el Atrash.

- Which movie?

- She only did one with him.

- She was in many movies.

- But only one with him.

Why are you laughing?

Didn't she look great?

Take it.

Isn't it a nice hairdo?

You can see her entire face.

Let's go.

- Good morning.

- To you too.

- Congratulations.

- God bless you.


Best wishes Mona!

- God bless you.

Dad is still sad over

President Assad's death.

I hope the demonstration

won't spoil my wedding.

Enough, Mona!

- Good morning.

- Good morning, young ladies.

- How's the bride today?

- Fine.

Revolution Studios, Damascus

Listen! You're speaking to the

Vice-Minister of Culture himself!

Sir, sir... You have

lipstick on your lips.

Go back to work. Go on.

Sir, lipstick suits you well.

What are you doing?

Darling, Jamila,

it's not what you think.

I'm your beloved husband

and you snow me... you

Cut! Cut! Cut!


You know me,

not you snow me...!

What's up, Tallel?

Can't you get one line right?

I'm sorry.

I'm getting married today.


Today's your wedding?

Guys, Tallel's getting married today.

- Don't embarrass me.

- Why didn't you announce it?

Congratulations, Tallel.

Who's the bride?

Do we know her?

She's a relative from the Golan.

The Golan Heights?

So how did you meet her?

They sent me a picture.

You fell in love with a picture?

Let's see.

She's pretty.

- She's really pretty.

- Let me see.

She's gorgeous.

That's too much hair.

I asked you to fix it

like Zbeida Tarwath.

Patience, madam.

Your sister is so impatient.

I hope Tallel

and his family like it.

Everyone will love it. You'll be

the prettiest bride in Damascus.

My cousin's a hairdresser there.

The photographer's here.

I'll give you his number.

Good morning...

Sorry I'm late.

- Who's Amal?

- I am.

Hi, I'm Arik.

This is my sister Mona and those

are my daughters Mai and Rama.

Hi, how's it going?

Where's the socket?


Here we go. Act normal.

Don't look at the camera.

Come over here for a sec.

- What's your name?

- Call me George.

Everyone calls me George.

Even though my real name is Ali.

The North Star Hotel, Kiryat Shmona

The flight from Moscow

was too much.

He'll sleep through the wedding.

Is this appropriate?


Wear something more conservative.


Ben Gurion International Airport, Lod

Passport please.

Thank you.

Marwan Salman


Know why it's great

to return to Israel?

'Cause of the pretty women.

- What did you do in Italy?

- Italian girls are pretty

but you're prettier...

Sir, what did you do in Italy?

- Business. I'm a businessman.

- What kind of business?

Trade, clothing, shoes,

perfumes, whatever sells.

- Where did you stay there?

- Hold on.

Hi, I just landed.

I'll see you after my sister's wedding.

Where did you stay?

What's with the questions? They interrogated me

enough when I left Israel.

- Wait there.

- Why? What's the problem?

No problem, just wait there.

Israeli Police, Northern District HQ

Today's a big day for the Druze of the Golan.

The pro-Syrian Druze

might provoke the demonstrators

supporting the new President and

cause a riot which could turn violent.

Therefore we must be careful today.


OK, let me remind you there's a

wedding at the Kuneitra border today at 3pm.

No problem, except the bride

is the daughter of Hammed Salman

who's pro-Syrian, out on parole,

and there's a warrant against

him going to the border region. Clear?


When is Marwan arriving?

I need someone to help me.

He'll be here soon,

his plane landed at six.

But you can't rely on

Marwan with these things.

And when is Hattem

supposed to arrive?

If Amal and my daughters

were back, they'd help.

Who'll help me?

Everyone will be at the demonstration.

No one'll help me!

Amin, stop complaining!

Go and slaughter some more sheep.



One, two, three!

Smile, everybody.



what's wrong?

Did something happen?

Isn't she a beautiful bride?


We'll never see her again.

What do you mean?

She'll come visit, won't she?

Why won't you see her again?

I don't get it at all.

I'll miss you.

Film me, I want to say something.

Tallel, when you see this,

Mona will already be your wife.

It's the last time I see her.

We're giving you our treasure.

Protect her like the apple of your eye.

Watch over her.

Congratulations to the bride.

Best wishes, Mona.

The village elders are here.

Go inside.



Go to your room.

Go upstairs...

Listen, Hammed...

You know how much we respect you.

We've heard your son

Hattem's coming to the wedding.

As far as we're concerned, he's outcast

since he married the Russian.

If he shows up,

you won't see us here.

Dear friends,

Hattem hasn't been here

for more than 8 years.

Today is his sister's wedding.

You know that this will

be his last chance to see her.

Listen, Hammed, you know

how much we appreciate you.

If it were anyone else,

we wouldn't have troubled ourselves

to come.

We'll never forget

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