The Time That Remains

The Time That Remains
Director: Elia Suleiman

France, Belgium, Italy, drama, 105 min., 2009, lithuanian and english subtitles
Fuad is a metalworker whose lathe has been used to make guns for the rebels. Fuad is brutally arrested and carried away with other prisoners to a hillside, where he is subjected to execution but is finally freed. In later years, as father to the teenage Elia, he is a sadly withdrawn figure, no longer a revolutionary. In the present day the middle-aged Elia, a rather flamboyantly dressed figure though entirely silent, returns to the Nazareth to care for his elderly widowed mother. „The Time That Remains“ is a semi biographical film inspired by director’s parents’ diaries, letters and his own memories, which form a blackly comic and dramatic work charting sixty years in the life of a Palestinian family that became a minority in their own homeland. It's a cold masterpiece by Elia Suleiman about life and death in the heat of the Middle East conflict.

2009 – Jury Grand Prize at the Asia Pacific Screen Awards, Australia.
2009 – Critics Prize from and Best Director’s Award at Mar del Plata International Film Festival, Argentina.

About the director:
Elia Suleiman was born in 1996 in Nazareth to Arab parents. He studied cinema in New York. In 1994 in Jerusalem he created a department of film and media studies at Birzeit University, the first college of higher education in the Palestinian territories. He emerged on the international scene at the Venice festival in 1994 with “Chronicle of a Disappearance”. In 2002, he wrote, directed and starred in “Divine Intervention”, which won the Jury Prize at the Festival de Cannes and the Best Foreign Film Prize at the European Awards in Rome. The film “The Time That Remains” continues the mood of the director's earlier work “Divine Intervention” by creating a reflection of a life under Israeli occupation.

Section: Identity

Screenplay: Elia Suleiman

Dir. of Photography: Marc-André Batigne

Music: Matthieu Sibony

Cast: Elia Suleiman, Saleh Bakri, Leila Mouammar, Bilal Zidani, Ali Suliman