Palestine, France, Morocco, Germany
So every time, right before Nazareth screams as Samson did, "Upon me and my enemies, my Lord," Israel comes in to do a little hair trimming.
A number of actors, who acted in the film I am presently working on, are Israelis. They acted as soldiers on a checkpoint. I auditioned them in a casting agency in Tel Aviv. One by one, the auditioners entered. They sat on a couch, and I sat opposite in an armchair. I asked each and every one of them if they served in the army; if they ever served on a checkpoint, if they ever asked for IDs. If they ever arrested a Palestinian, and if they ever beat up one. Except for the last act, there were the basic criteria in order to qualify for the role. The auditioners were put in a very ambivalent position. To get the part, they had to show their best to the director, meaning that they could convincingly do evil to Palestinians. But then this director is himself a Palestinian; he is one of Them! Meaning - evildoing to Palestinians might not win them the part.
Elia Suleiman has received various awards and grants, including an ITV's and a Ford Foundation grant. He was the recipient of the Rockefeller Award for work achievement. His essays and articles have been published in English, Arabic and French.
In 1994, Elia Suleiman moved to Jerusalem, where the European Commission asked him to initiate a Film and Media department at Bir Zeit University.
In 1996, he completed his first feature film " Chronicle of a Disappearance ", which won the Best First Film Prize at the Venice Film Festival.
" Divine Intervention " is his second feature film.
1991 INTRODUCTION TO THE END OF AN ARGUMENT
1992 HOMAGE BY ASSASSINATION
1996 CHRONICLE OF A DISAPPEARANCE
1998 THE ARAB DREAM
2000 CYBER PALESTINE
2002 DIVINE INTERVENTION
Cast & Crew
Directed by: Elia Suleiman
Written by: Elia Suleiman
Produced by: Humbert Balsan
Cinematography: Marc-André Batigne
Editing: Veronique Lange
Main Cast: Elia Suleiman (E.S.), Manal Khader (The Woman), Nayef Fahoum Daher (The Father)
Nominations and Awards
- Screen International Award (for a non-European film) 2002