Magazine article Screen International

Menemsha Films Acquires Israeli Spy Thriller 'Shelter' (Exclusive)

Magazine article Screen International

Menemsha Films Acquires Israeli Spy Thriller 'Shelter' (Exclusive)

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Eran Riklis wrote and directed. Beta Cinema handles international sales.

Neil Friedman’s Los Angeles-based art house label Menemsha Films has picked up North American rights to the Israeli spy thriller Shelter from Lemon Tree director Eran Riklis.

Menemsha has scheduled a February 2018 theatrical release for the English, Hebrew and Arabic story about afemale Mossad agent charged with protecting a female Lebanese informer in a Hamburg safe house.

Riklis, who won the Berlin Panorama audience award in 2008 for Lemon Tree and whose credits include Dancing Arabs and The Syrian Bride, wrote and directed Shelter based on a short story by the late Shulamit Hareven. Golshifteh Farahani, Neta Riskin, and Lior Ashkenazi of festival hit Foxtrot star.

The Israel-Germany-France co-production shot in Germany and Israel and the producers are Bettina Brokemper, Micahel Eckelt, Antoine de Clermont-Tonnerre and Riklis.

Friedman said, “Shelter is a uniquely executed spy thriller with an art house sensibility. …

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