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DIVINE INTERVENTION

Palestine / France, 2004 (MIFF 2004, Elia Suleiman)

Director: Elia Suleiman

Divine Intervention (Yadon Ilaheyya) Palestine/France

'always imaginative, often arresting' Divine Intervention is a movie of memorable moments.' -Variety

Collecting both the Jury Prize and FIPRESCI awards at the 2002 Cannes Film Festival, Elia Suleiman's second feature, Divine Intervention offers a singular view of Palestinian communities fraying at the edges'conveyed with a Jaques Tatiesque absurdist sensibilty.

Subtitled A Chronicle of Love and Pain, this film has an episodic structure, with seemingly disconnected vignettes of life in the troubled region. Wryly humourous scenes'The film opens with a Santa Claus character being chased up a hill by a pack of abusive, stone-wielding youths'nestle with poignant moments'a couple attempt a romance, despite being separated by a military checkpoint'cumulating in powerful, affecting cinema.

'Divine Intervention concerns a people trapped in a land that denies them basic human rights, who must lead quiet, desperate lives. In the laughter Suleiman creates from such bleakness, he and the viewer experience a euphoric sensation of triumph in the face of adversity.' -The Hollywood Reporter

D/S Elia Suleiman P Humbert Balsan WS Flach Pyramide International L Arabic, Hebrew w/English subtitles TD 35mm/Col/2002/92mins

Elia Suleiman was born in Nazareth, Israel in 1960. Films include: Chronicle of a Disappearance (MIFF 2004).

See also...

CHRONICLE OF A DISAPPEARANCE

Chronicle of a Disappearance (Segell Ikhtifà) Palestine/FranceElia Suleiman's first feature, made in 1997, is a wry and ironic assertion that the Arab population of Israel is losing its national ... More »

DIVINE INTERVENTION

Collecting both the Jury Prize and FIPRESCI awards at Cannes this year, Elia Suleiman's Divine Intervention offers a singular view of Palestinian communities fraying at the edges - conveyed with a ... More »

ELIA SULEIMAN SHORT FILMS

Elia Suleiman Short FilmsPalestine/FranceIntroduction to the End of an Argument (1990, 45mins)This highly kinetic tableau of uprooted sights and sounds works earnestly to expose the racial biases ... More »

Introduction to the End of an Argument

In the 1950's, the French leftwing political artists-philosophers known as the Situationists invented a raw (and illegal) form of the 'com­pilation film' — gathering fragments from ... More »

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