The Time That Remains
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The Time That Remains

July 18, 2024

Palestinian writer/director Elia Suleiman's exquisite semi-biographical drama recounts the creation of the Israeli state from 1948 to the present.

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Arab-Israeli screenwriter Sayed Kashua has curated this film for the course he is teaching this summer on "The Politics of Israel and Palestine," and will introduce the film.

Subtitled "Chronicle of a Present Absentee," this humorous, heartbreaking film (the final installment in a trilogy that includes Chronicle of a Disappearance and Divine Intervention) is set among the Israeli Arab community and shot largely in homes and places in which writer/director Suleiman's family once lived. Inspired by his father's diaries, letters his mother sent to family members who had fled the Israeli occupation, and the director's own recollections, the film spans from 1948 until the present, recounting the saga of Suleiman's family in elegantly stylized episodes. Inserting himself as a silent observer reminiscent of Buster Keaton, Suleiman trains a keen eye on the absurdities of life in Nazareth.

D: Elia Suleiman, France/Palestine, subtitles, 2009, 1h49m

A lovely autobiographical film. Its exquisite balance of visual rigor and heartfelt emotion gives it remarkable, if always quiet, beauty and power.

A.O. Scott, The New York Times
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