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It Must Be Heaven Unclassified 18+

A Palestinian filmmaker goes globetrotting only to be shadowed by reminders of home in this very meta, Cannes award-winning film.

From Nazareth to Paris to North America, Elia Suleiman’s alter ego ES wanders the globe, wordlessly observing its absurdities wherever he goes. Tanks roll into the streets of a near-empty Paris, cops ride Segways in balletic formation and citizens casually carry AK-47s in American supermarkets. Along the way, his meetings with film producers end unsuccessfully as his comedy feature pitch is rejected as "not Palestinian enough".

Winning a Special Mention at Cannes as well as the FIPRESCI Prize, the delightfully whimsical It Must Be Heaven is director/writer/star Elia Suleiman’s first feature in a decade, following 2009’s The Time That Remains. Often likened to a modern-day Buster Keaton or Jacques Tati, Suleiman employs silent comedy to wryly reflect on questions of home, identity and belonging.

"Mostly, It Must Be Heaven is about how we view the world through the Instagram filter of what defines us. But it’s also, arguably, more objective than that – suggesting that we all now live in a kind of global Palestine, where arbitrary displays of power, threats of violence, and lost people in search of meaning and identity are the new normal." – Screen Daily

Tickets

1400
Fri 09 Aug 11:00 am [1400]
Forum Theatre Wheelchair Access100% Subtitles
Past event
2521
Sun 11 Aug 11:00 am [2521]
The Capitol Assisted ListeningWheelchair Access100% Subtitles
Past event
This session is bookable on a pass

To book a wheelchair space or to advise of other access requirements, please contact Box Office on (03) 8660 4898 or email boxoffice@miff.com.au
Key Cast
Elia Suleiman, Gael García Bernal
Director
Elia Suleiman
Producers
Edouard Weil, Elia Suleiman, Laurine Pelassy, Martin Hampel, Serge Noël, Thanassis Karathanos
Screenwriter
Elia Suleiman
Cinematographer
Sofian el Fani
Editor
Véronique Lange
Premiere Status
Australian Premiere
Company Credit
World Sales: Wild Bunch

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