Elia Suleiman

Elia Suleiman

Director, screenwriter, PALESTINE

Presentation

Elia Suleiman was born in Nazareth in 1960, and lived in New York City from 1981 to
1993. After moving to Jerusalem in 1994, he directed his feature-length debut, Chronicle of
a Disappearance (1996), which won the Best First Film Award at the Venice International
Film Festival. Suleiman has since made three feature-length films: Divine Intervention
(2002), which won the Jury Prize at the Festival de Cannes; The Time That Remains (2009),
which was selected for the Official Competition at Cannes; and It Must Be Heaven (2019),
which premiered in competition at Cannes and is Palestine’s official entry for the Academy
Award for Best International Feature Film.