Elia Suleiman

Elia Suleiman is a Palestinian-Israeli film director and actor. He is best known for the 2002 film Divine Intervention, a modern tragic comedy on living under occupation in the Palestinian territories which won the Jury Prize at the 2002 Cannes Film Festival. Between 1982-1993, Suleiman lived in New York City, where he directed two short films: Introduction to the End of an Argument and Homage by Assassination, that won numerous awards. 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 Festival de Cannes and the International Critics (FIPRESCI) Prize, also receiving the Best Foreign Film Prize at the European Awards in Rome. Suleiman was part of the jury for the 2006 Cannes Film Festival. —World Cinema Foundation

Critical Writing

TIFF focus on Tel Aviv draws protests: International group of...
by Michael Posner. The Globe and Mail, Sept. 2, 2009.
Moving Images of Home
by John Di Stefano. Art Journal, Winter 2002, v. 61, no. 4.
The Skin of the Film: Intercultural Cinema, Embodiment, and the Senses
by Laura U. Marks. Durham and London: Duke University Press, 2000.
Stereotypes in the Sand: The Pacific Film Archive screens a new...
by Jill Hamburg. The Sanfranciscno Bay Guardian, 1990.
Imagining Intifada and measures of Distance
by Dennis Harvey. The Daily Californian, Aug. 29, 1990.
Palestinian film defies media norms at truth's expenses
by Nancy Steidtmann. Jewish Bulletin, San Francisco CA, Sept. 29, 1990.
Culture Without a Country
by Ammiel Alcalay. Afterimage, May 1990, v. 17, no. 10.