Film Screening

Palestinian Cinema: A Screening of 'Divine Intervention'

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“Elia Suleiman turns expectation on its head. Divine Intervention is an absurdist comedy that fits no category and avoids every stereotype. It is practically a silent movie, relying on sound effects, rather than dialogue.”—Angus Wolfe Murray

Join us for a screening of Divine Intervention, the 2002 Jury Prize winner at the Cannes Film Festival.

FILM SYNOPSIS: Divine Intervention is an anecdotal series of comedically surreal and at times absurd stories from life under occupation in Palestine—some of which paint a portrait of director Elia Suleiman’s actual life. Suleiman, who stars in the film, and his character spends a lot of time at a checkpoint between Nazareth and Ramallah, where his girlfriend (played by Manal Khader) lives. The film is unique in its use of silence and lack of dialogue, as well as its silent film era acting techniques.

Divine Intervention, written and directed by Elia Suleiman, Arabic and Hebrew with English subtitles; color, 92 minutes.

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    • Simultaneous translation

      Simultaneous translation (Arabic/English) is provided for all programs.

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