SEPTEMBER 14-20, 2019

IT MUST BE HEAVEN

France, Qatar, Germany, Canada, Turkey, Palestine
2019, 97 mins
Production: Rectangle Productions, Nazira Films, Pallas Film, Possibles Media, Zeyno Film
Language: Arabic, French, English
Format: DCP

Scriptwriter: Elia Suleiman
Director: Elia Suleiman
DoP: Sofian El Fani
Composer: n/a
Producer: Thanassis Karathanos, Michel Merkt , Martin Hampel , Serge Noël , Laurine Pelassy, Edouard Weil, Elia Suleiman
Монтажер: Véronique Lange
Cast: Elia Suleiman, Ali Suliman, Gael García Bernal, Grégoire Colin, Holden Wong, Vincent Maraval

Synopsis

Elia Suleiman escapes from Palestine seeking an alternative homeland, only to find that Palestine is trailing behind him. The promise of a new life turns into a comedy of errors: however far he travels, from Paris to New York, something always reminds him of home. From award-winning director Elia Suleiman, a comic saga exploring identity, nationality and belonging, in which Suleiman asks the fundamental question: where is the place we can truly call home?

Director’s biography

Born in Nazareth in 1960, Elia Suleiman lived in New York between
1981 and 1993. During this period, he directed his two first short films, which won him numerous prizes. In 1994, he moved to Jerusalem where the European Commission charged him with establishing a Cinema and Media department at Birzeit University. He won Prizes at Cannes, Tokyo, Venice and other film festivals.

Director’s filmography

2019 It Must Be Heaven
2012 7 Days in Havanae
2007 Chacun son Cinema
2002 Divine Intervention
2000 Cyber Palestine (short)
1998 The Arab Dream (short)
1996 Chronicle of a disappearance
1992 Homage by Assasination (short)
1991 Introduction to the end of an Argument (short)