Salmon Fishing in the Yemen

Salmon Fishing in the Yemen is a British film released in 2011. Directed by Lasse Hallström, the comedy is a film adaptation of the novel by Paul Torday.


The Anglo- enthusiastic Sheikh Muhammad ibn Zaidi bani Tihama, the grotesque idea of ​​introducing salmon fishing in the Yemen desert. To this end, asks the lawyer Harriet Chetwode - Talbot in his behalf the fishing expert Dr. Alfred, Fred ' Jones for assistance. He wants to deny the request, but is forced to cooperate, when the British government recognizes the prestige nature of the project in person the spokeswoman Patricia Maxwell. Alienated from his career-minded woman, Fred in love with Harriet, her boyfriend Robert is reported missing during the war in Afghanistan. Alfred Jones begins to inspire the project. Since the British fishermen refuse to ask to be put ten thousand native salmon in the Yemen, will make use of farmed salmon. Contrary to the fears these begin after exposure to migrate upstream, and the project seems to have been successful. However, an act of sabotage perpetrated by local rebels who seems zunichtezumachen everything. But when Fred sees that some fish have survived, he decides to stay in the country to learn from the mistakes and come true the visions of the Sheik. Harriet joins him and so decides against Robert, who surprisingly still alive and had been flown in by the government for PR reasons.


The locations for the film were in London, Scotland and Morocco.


" Lasse Hallstrom bizarre comedy works both as a political and media satire, as well as optimistic metaphor on the approximation of the Occident and the Orient. In addition, the film tells one of the most beautiful love stories of recent times. "

" Entertaining romantic comedy that makes the absurd material a lively movie with dry punchlines, but which opens towards the end in an exaggerated melodrama. "

" No less than Lasse Hallstrom directed this unusual story based on the bestseller by Paul Torday. Especially the hefty pinch of British humor, the skillful implementation and strong performer ensure that even non-expert European fishing grounds remain in this absurd parable and related love story on the ball. "


The film had its world premiere on 10 September 2010 at the Toronto International Film Festival. On May 17, 2012, he ran in the German cinemas.


At the award ceremony of the European Film Awards 2012 Salmon Fishing in the Yemen was nominated for the Audience Award. For this, the film won the Palm Springs International Film Festival Award.

Furthermore, the film was nominated for three Golden Globes:

  • Golden Globe Award 2013 Golden Globe Award for " Best Picture" - Comedy / Musical: Lasse Hallström
  • Golden Globe Award for " Best Actor " - Comedy / Musical: Ewan McGregor
  • Golden Globe Award for " Best Actress " - Comedy / Musical: Emily Blunt