Elia Suleiman was born in 1960. He is a Palestinian film director and actor of Rûm Greek Orthodox origin. He is best known for the 2002 film Divine Intervention , a modern tragic comedy on living under occupation in Palestine which won the Jury Prize at the 2002 Cannes Film Festival.
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 the Argentinean Film Critics Association at Mar del Plata International Film Festival.
- “The Arab Dream” (1998)
- “Cyber Palestine” (2000)
- “Awkward” (2007), To Each His Own Cinema
- “Diary of a Beginner” (2012), 7 Days in Havana
Chat with Palestinian film maker, Elia Suleiman