IT MUST BE HEAVEN

France 2019

Synopsis

ES escapes from Palestine seeking an alternative homeland, only to find that Palestine is trailing behind him. The promise of a new life turns into a comedy of errors: however far he travels, from Paris to New York, something always reminds him of home.
From award-winning director Elia Suleiman, a comic saga exploring identity, nationality and belonging, in which ES asks the fundamental question : Where is the place we can truly call home?

Director's Biography

Born in Nazareth on 28 July 1960, Elia Suleiman lived in New York between 1981 and 1993. During this period, he directed his two first short films, INTRODUCTION TO THE END OF AN ARGUMENT and HOMAGE BY ASSASSINATION, which won him numerous prizes. In 1994, he moved to Jerusalem where the European Commission charged him with establishing a Cinema and Media department at Birzeit University. His feature debut, CHRONICLE OF A DISAPPEARANCE, won the Best First Film award at the 1996 Venice Film Festival. In 2002, DIVINE INTERVENTION won the Jury Prize at the Cannes Film Festival and the Screen International Award 2002 - for a non-European Film at the European Awards. His feature, THE TIME THAT REMAINS, screened in Competition at the 2009 Cannes film Festival. In 2012, Elia Suleiman directed the short film DIARY OF A BEGINNER, part of the omnibus feature 7 DAYS IN HAVANA.
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Cast & Crew

Directed by: Elia Suleiman

Written by: Elia Suleiman

Produced by: Laurine Pelassy, Elia Suleiman, Thanassis Karathanos, Martin Hampel, Serge Noël, Edouard Weil

Cinematography: Sofian El Fani

Editing: Veronique Lange

Production Design: Caroline Adler

Costume Design: Alexia Crisp-Jones, Eric Poirier

Sound: Gwennolé Le Borgne, Olivier Touche, Laure Anne Darras, Lars Ginzel

Main Cast: Elia Suleiman (ES)

Nominations and Awards

  • EFA Feature Film Selection 2019