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This Award-Winning Film Will Represent Palestine At The 92nd Academy Awards

Renowned Palestinian director Elia Suleiman’s new film 'It Must Be Heaven' recently won the Jury Special Mention Award at the 2019 Cannes Film Festival.


Renowned Palestinian director Elia Suleiman’s new film ‘It Must Be Heaven’ recently won the Jury Special Mention Award at the 2019 Cannes Film Festival and is now on its way to be screened at the 92nd Academy Awards as the official Palestinian entry in the Foreign Language Film category.

A proud moment for the Palestinian film industry, Suleiman’s fourth film has been nominated for various festivals around the world. After winning the Jury Special Mention and the Fipresci Critics’ Award at Cannes 2019, the movie is also set to be showcased at the Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF) as part of the Masters Program.

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The satirical-comedy film, which stars the director himself, explores the struggles in Palestine. As Suleiman travels between France and New York, he witnesses surprising similarities to his hometown. Through this feature film, Suleiman aims to put the situation of his birthplace on the international map.

The critically acclaimed director is known for studying the Palestinian film landscape thoroughly. His first film ‘Chronicle of a Disappearance’ was shown at the 1996 Venice Film Festival, where it won the Best First Film award. Suleiman’s second feature film ‘Divine Intervention’ was screened at the 2002 Cannes Film Festival and was awarded the Jury Prize as well as the Fipresci Prize. Additionally, the director’s third film ‘The Time That Remains’ was accepted at Cannes as well as TIFF in 2009. It also won the Jury Grand Prize at the Asia Pacific Screen Awards.

Since 2003, Palestine has received only two nominations at the Academy Awards. If ‘It Must Be Heaven’ passes the Oscar bid, it will stand among an elite group of Palestinian movies, Paradise Now in 2006 and Omar in 2013.

Source: Vogue Arabia

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