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Country: FRANCE, QATAR, GERMANY, CANADA
Run Time: 97 minutes
With a face and cinematic style often compared to the great Buster Keaton, Palestinian award-winning filmmaker, Elia Suleiman (“Divine Intervention”), returns after a decade with the poignant and off-beat comedy, IT MUST BE HEAVEN. Playing himself, Elia wanders from his home in Nazareth to Paris, then to New York City and back again. He serves as the mostly silent, straight-faced narrator through whom we view increasingly absurd—and sometimes dark—vignettes of idiosyncratic characters in each city. Elia quietly searches for home and identity in each interaction, but he remains an outsider looking in. The surreal and painfully normal blend serves as a reminder that the latter is highly subjective. Through Elia’s observational journey, the world simultaneously shrinks and expands, highlighting shared patterns as well as cultural disparities. A charming portrait of Palestinian identity in a global context, Suleiman reflects upon concepts of homeland, nationality, and exile with his emblematic whimsy and wide-eyed wonder. (In English, French, Arabic, Spanish, and Hebrew with subtitles) — D.O.
Palestine’s Best International Feature Film Oscar® Submission
Tower City Cinemas
Tuesday, March 31, 2020 at 8:25 PM ET
Wednesday, April 01, 2020 at 1:50 PM ET
Accessibility (?): No closed captions, audio description, English subtitles
Voices of the Arab World
International Narrative Competition
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Sofian El Fani