by Elia Suleiman
Covering the years from 1948 to the present day, writer/director Elia Suleiman s THE TIME THAT REMAINS is a humorous, heartbreaking film that explores life among the Israeli Arab community, shot largely in homes and places in which Suleiman’s family once lived. Inspired by his father’s diaries, letters his mother sent to family members who had fled the Israeli occupation, and the director’s own recollections, the film recounts the saga of the filmmaker’s family in subtly hilarious vignettes. An intimate and semi-biographical portrait of Palestinians living as a minority in their own homeland, THE TIME THAT REMAINS is an elegantly stylized chronicle of life s often touching absurdities.
* In Arabic and Hebrew, with English subtitles
Elia Suleiman (Arabic: إيليا سليمان, born July 28, 1960 in Nazareth, Israel), is a Palestinian film director and actor of Greek Orthodox origin. He is best known for the 2002 film Divine Intervention (Arabic: يد إلهية), a modern tragic comedy on living under occupation in Palestine which won the Jury Prize at the 2002 Cannes Film Festival. Elia Suleiman’s cinematic style is often compared to that of Jacques Tati and Buster Keaton, for its poetic interplay between “burlesque and sobriety”.