Elia Suleiman is a Palestinian film director whose films have all been showcased at top international festivals, taking home dozens of awards. The question of Palestinian identity is a running thread in Suleiman’s body of work. He generally broaches it from a stylised point of view, taking on a comedic and surrealist tone, whilst implicitly criticising both Israelis and Palestinians. Not once has Suleiman been dubbed, The Palestinian Chaplin. Highlights of his films include Chronicle of a Disappearance (1996) which won the Luigi de Laurentiis Award for a Debut Film at the Venice Film Festival; Divine Intervention (2002), that was featured at the most high-profile international festivals, winning multiple awards, including the Jury Prize and the FIPRESCI Prize at the Cannes Film Festival; The Time that Remains (2009) which was shown at the Cannes Film Festival, The Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF), and a host of others; and last but not least, It Must be Heaven (2019) for which Suleiman took home the Cannes Film Festival’s FIPRESCI Prize yet again.


Chronicle of a Disappearance

Directed by Elia Suleiman, 1996
כרוניקה של העלמות

87 min.

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