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THE TIME THAT REMAINS


Directed by | Elia Suleiman

Genre fiction  |  Length: 105mins  |  Year of production: 2009


The Time That Remains is a powerful personal depiction of Palestine since 1948 by Elia Suleiman, the acclaimed director of Divine Intervention and Chronicle of a Disappearance. In Suleiman’s own words this “is a semibiographical film in four episodes, about a family, my family, from 1948 until recent times. The film is inspired by my father's private diaries, starting from when he was a resistance fighter in 1948, and by my mother's letters to family members who were forced to leave the country since that time. Combined with my intimate memories of them and with them, the film attempts to portray the daily life of those Palestinians who remained and were labelled 'IsraeliArabs', living as a minority in their own homeland.” The film finds Suleiman reprising his enigmatic role as “E.S.” – witness and participant in a series of historic and personal events across Palestine’s history. Laced with the director’s characteristic wit, The Time That Remains has been celebrated as Suleiman’s most complex and rewarding work to date.