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Elia Suleiman

Country Palestine
Category Cinema
Year 2011
Profile

A Palestinian filmmaker born in 1960 in Nazareth. He lived in New York from 1981 to 1993 where he directed his first two short films: Introduction to the End of an Argument and Homage by Assassination, winning numerous awards. In 1994, he moved to Jerusalem, where he established the Film and Media Department at Birzeit University. In the 1996 Venice Film Festival, his first feature film, Chronicle of a Disappearance, won the Best First Film Prize, while in 2002, Divine Intervention won the Jury Prize and the FIPRESCI International Critics Prize of the Cannes Film Festival. In 2007, he was chosen as one of 35 directors of To Each His Own Cinema, a collective film for the Cannes Film Festival 60th anniversary. In 2009, The Time that Remains, was presented at the official competition of the Cannes Film Festival. He followed it with the short film Diary of a Beginner as part of the collective feature 7 Days in Havana (2012). In addition to filmmaking, Suleiman has lectured in many universities, museums and academies and authored many scholarly essays on cinema.

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