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DIVINE INTERVENTION


Directed by | Elia Suleiman

Genre fiction  |  Length: 92mins  |  Year of production: 2002


Packed with witty visual gags, comic vignettes and moments of spectacular fantasy, the multiaward winning Divine Intervention is a portrait of the conflict laced with wicked and subversive humour. Palestinian director Elia Suleiman (Chronicle of a Disappearance) again plays the central character himself: “E.S.” cares for his ailing father in Jerusalem whilst conducting an affair with a Palestinian woman living in Ramallah. Barred from moving between the two cities, the lovers are forced to share their intimate moments in the shadow of an Israeli army checkpoint, from where they observe the daily feuds between the troops and civilians. Recalling the comic genius of Jacques Tati and deadpan delivery of Buster Keaton, Suleiman's film is a passionate and surreal depiction of the political and human situation in Palestine.

Winner, FIPRESCI Prize, Cannes 2002
Winner, Jury Prize, Cannes 2002