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.