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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 »

Homage by Assassination

The filmmaker in his apartment in New York awaits news of his family in Nazareth during the Persian Gulf War. Television reports the missile attacks from Iraq are landing in Israel. The filmmaker's ... More »

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