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CHRONICLE OF A DISAPPEARANCE


Directed by | Elia Suleiman

Genre fiction  |  Length: 87mins  |  Year of production: 1997


Chronicle of a Disappearance is the precursor to Suleiman's internationally acclaimed and awardwinning ‘Divine Intervention.' It sees his silent character ‘E.S.' cameo in a playful and symbolic series of everyday scenarios. With characteristic dry wit and an eye for the absurd at the heart of the mundane, this film is a thoughtful, politically nuanced treatment of the routines, rituals, ceremonies and accidents that punctuate the life of ‘E.S.' on his return home from abroad to Palestine. For Suleiman, the film represents ‘a journey in search of what it means to be Palestinian… a combination of possible truths, transgressing genres and blending fact with fiction to explore the intertwined boundaries of storytelling, history and autobiography.'