Cleveland International Film Festival } March 25 – April 5, 2020 } Tower City Cinemas



Year: 2017
Run Time: 93 minutes


By collaborating with the Lebanese, Mona has betrayed her Hezbollah lover and his organization. She is quickly evacuated, forced to undergo painful facial plastic surgery, and sent to a safe house in Hamburg to recover. Assigned to protect her is Naomi, a Mossad agent whose husband had been killed by Hezbollah years before. The two women will be forced to live together in rigidly controlled circumstances, but Mona’s survival, and the intelligence she possesses, is essential. The arrangements are tense, but they are about to become deadly. Somehow Hezbollah has discovered the location of the safe house. What begins as two strong women bridging a vast and difficult cultural gulf quickly becomes a battle for survival, where the only thing that can save them is fighting together as one. SHELTER is a thriller that will grip you on multiple levels. It puts faces to the conflicts screaming from the headlines, exploring the ideas of trust, loyalty, and humanity while delivering heart-pounding suspense as the enemy agents close in. (In English, Hebrew, and Arabic with subtitles) —C.R.

CIFF42 Screenings

Tower City Cinemas

Monday, April 09, 2018 at 6:45 PM

Tuesday, April 10, 2018 at 1:15 PM

Jewish and Israeli Visions
Voices of the Arab World

International Narrative Competition


Eran Riklis

Eran Riklis was born in Beersheba, Israel in 1954. He lived in Montréal and New York City until he was six, when the family returned to Israel. He was the first Israeli to graduate from the Beaconsfield National Film School in England, and he went on to direct numerous award-winning films.

B'Yom Bahir Ro'im et Dameshek (1984), Cup Final (1991), Zohar (1993), Borders (1999), Vulcan Junction (1999), Pituy (2002), The Syrian Bride (2004), Lemon Tree (2008) - CIFF33, The Human Resources Manager (2010) - CIFF35, Playoff (2011), Zaytoun (2012), Dancing Arabs (2014), Love Letter to Cinema (2014), SHELTER (2017)

Bettina Brokemper, Michael Eckelt, Antoine de Clermont-Tonnerre, Eran Riklis, Moshe Edery, Leon Eder

Eran Riklis

Sebastian Edscmid

Richard Marizy

Principal Cast
Golshifteh Farahani, Neta Riskin, Doraid Liddawi, Yehuda Almagor

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