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Eran Riklis is one of Israel’s most acclaimed film makers and has been working as director, writer and producer for over thirty five years.


His latest film is SPIDER IN THE WEB (2020) starring Ben Kingsley, Monica Bellucci, Itay Tiran and Itzik Cohen. It follows two Mossad agents trapped in a Sisyphean journey and conflict, surrounded by secrets and lies. A co-production between Israel, Belgium, Holland and Portugal, the film was released world wide.

SHELTER (2018) starring Golshifteh Farahani and Neta Riskin. It tells the story of a Mossad agent protecting a Lebanese collaborator in a safe house in Hamburg. Shot in Germany and Israel it is a co-production between Israel, Germany and France. Warsaw, Sao Paulo, Hof, Haifa (closing night) film festivals. 
DANCING ARABS (aka A Borrowed Identity) (2014) had its international premiere at the Locarno Film Festival (Piazza Grande) and North American premiere at the Telluride Film Festival. A co-production between Israel, France and Germany the film was sold worldwide by and gained critical and commercial success. 

ZAYTOUN (2012) premiered at the 2012 Toronto International Film Festival and won the Runner-Up People’s Choice Award. Starring Stephen Dorff, the film is a UK-Israel-France co-production and was produced by Academy Award winner Gareth Ellis-Unwin (The King’s Speech). 

PLAYOFF (2011), an Israeli-German-French co-production shot on location in Germany. In competition at the 2011 Montreal Film Festival it won the Best Actor Award for Huston Huston. 

THE MISSION OF THE HUMAN RESOURCE MANAGER (2010) an Israel-France-Germany-Romania co-production, was shot in Jerusalem and Romania, won 5 Israeli Academy Awards (including Best Picture, Best Director and Best Screenplay) and the Audience Award in Locarno. 

Riklis enjoyed wide international success with LEMON TREE (2008), winner of the Audience Award at the Berlin and San Sebastian film festivals. Starring Hiam Abbass and Ali Suliman, co-produced with France and Germany. 

THE SYRIAN BRIDE (2004) gained worldwide critical and box office success and won 18 international awards, including Best Film, Audience Award, Fipresci and Ecumenical Award in Montreal and the Audience Award at the Locarno Film Festival. Co-produced with France and Germany. 

Previous films include:

TEMPTATION (2002) A psychological thriller based on an Israeli best-seller by Ram Oren.

VULCAN JUNCTION (2000) A nostalgic rock & roll film set in 1973 a few days before the Yom Kippur War. Best Film Award at the Haifa International Film Festival.

ZOHAR (1993) The biggest Israeli box office success of the 90’s.

CUP FINAL (1991) Presented in Venice (1991) and Berlin (1992) and in numerous other festivals worldwide, winning awards and released to critical acclaim in the USA, UK and other territories. 

ON A CLEAR DAY YOU CAN SEE DAMASCUS (1984) A political thriller shot upon graduating from the National Film School in England, it focuses on issues of loyalty and betrayal on a personal and national level.

Riklis produced award winning films such as:

Three Mothers (Dina Zvi-Riklis, 2006)

Burning Muki (Lina Chaplin, 2008)

Until Tomorrow Comes (David Dery, 2005)

Miral (Julian Schnable, 2009, Co-Producer)

In addition to The Syrian Bride, Lemon Tree, Zaytoun, Vulcan Junction and more.

Television Drama Series

Room Service (Creator, Producer 2010, 26 episodes)

The Truck (Creator, Director, Co-Writer 2001, 2005 13 episodes)

Cause of Death: Murder (1998, 5 episodes)

Me and my Family (Director, 1996, 13 episodes)

Lucky (Director, 1997, single drama)

Lethal Money (Director, 1995, 13 episodes)

Straight Forward (Director, 1994, 20 episodes)

Do-Re-Me Here (Director, 1992, 13 episodes)


Borders (Director, 1998)

The Poetics of the Masses (Director, 1996, 20 episodes)

Muck & Moonshine, Sore Throat and others (1978-9, UK)

Riklis also directed well over 300 commercials and various promotional films in Israel and the UK.


Riklis is a graduate of the NATIONAL FILM SCHOOL in BEACONSFIELD, England (1982) and also studied at the film department of the Tel Aviv University (1975-77). Married to Dina Zvi-Riklis (a film director) and proud father of Tammy (a journalist) and Yonatan (a jazz pianist and film composer). A member of the Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences, The European Film Academy and the Israeli Film Academy.

Script Mentor at the Jerusalem Film Lab since 2015.

Visiting Professor at Penn University, Philadelphia - Fall 2014.  Sponsored with a grant from the Charles and Lynn Shusterman Family Foundation.

Artist in Residence, Emory University, Atlanta - Fall 2015.

Recipient of the Jerusalem Film Festival Achievement Award, 2011

Recipient of the Ministry of Culture Film Award, 1993

Retrospective at the Hof International Film Festival, Germany 2014

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