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Elia Suleiman

Elia Suleiman

Sector : Media, Directors

Personal Info

  • Country of residence: United States
  • Gender: Male
  • Born in: 1960
  • Age: 62
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Born July 28, 1960 in Nazareth, Palestine, is a Palestinian film director and actor. He is best known for the 2002 film Divine Intervention, a modern tragic comedy on living under occupation in the Palestinian territories 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". 


Achievements and Awards

In 1996, Suleiman directed Chronicle of a Disappearance, his first feature film.

 It won the Best First Film Prize at the 1996 Venice Film Festival.

In 2002, Suleiman's second feature film, Divine Intervention, subtitled, A Chronicle of Love and Pain, won the Jury Prize at the 2002 Cannes Film Festival and the International Critics Prize (FIPRESCI) , also receiving the Best Foreign Film Prize at the European Awards in Rome.

His latest film is called The Time That Remains, which competed in the 2009 Cannes Film Festival. Suleiman won the Black Pearl prize for best Middle Eastern narrative film at the Middle Eastern Film Festival in Abu Dhabi on October 17, 2009. The film won the Critics Prize from Argentinean Film Critics Association “Because of her artistic mastery and the magnificent approach with which she exhibits, from a personal point of view, her own people’s history and pain.” at Mar del Plata International Film Festival.



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