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A Palestinian filmmaker goes globetrotting only to be shadowed by reminders of home in this very meta, Cannes award-winning film.
From Nazareth to Paris to North America, Elia Suleiman’s alter ego ES wanders the globe, wordlessly observing its absurdities wherever he goes. Tanks roll into the streets of a near-empty Paris, cops ride Segways in balletic formation and citizens casually carry AK-47s in American supermarkets. Along the way, his meetings with film producers end unsuccessfully as his comedy feature pitch is rejected as "not Palestinian enough".
Winning a Special Mention at Cannes as well as the FIPRESCI Prize, the delightfully whimsical IT MUST BE HEAVEN is director/writer/star Elia Suleiman’s first feature in a decade, following 2009’s The Time That Remains. Often likened to a modern-day Buster Keaton or Jacques Tati, Suleiman employs silent comedy to wryly reflect on questions of home, identity and belonging.
(Arabic with English subtitles)
"Whimsical and wistful yet infused with a yearning for the stability of place..." - Variety
"Mostly, It Must Be Heaven is about how we view the world through the Instagram filter of what defines us. But it’s also, arguably, more objective than that – suggesting that we all now live in a kind of global Palestine, where arbitrary displays of power, threats of violence, and lost people in search of meaning and identity are the new normal." - Screen Daily
"Affably self-effacing meta-commentary blankets the film, skewering the very notion of a standard-bearing national artist by revealing how tenuous geographic borderlines can be." - Little White Lies