Opening with Elia Suleiman and Masterclass at IANOS

The opening film of this year’s 32nd Panorama of European Cinema is the film “It Must Be Heaven” directed by Elia Suleiman. The film received the Jury Special Mention Αward at the Cannes Film Festival last May as well as the FIPRESCI Prize for Best Film in Competition.

On Thursday the 21st of November at TRIANON cinema (Kodrigktonos 21), the Palestinian director, a permanent dweller of Paris and friend of the Festival, will be visiting our city in order to attend the Athenian film premier (start time: 20.30) in collaboration with SEVEN FILMS and have a Q&A session with the audience right after the screening.


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About the film/Plot Summary

ES escapes from Palestine seeking an alternative homeland, only to find that Palestine is trailing behind him. The promise of a new life turns into a comedy of errors: however far he travels, from Paris to New York, something always reminds him of home. From award-winning director Elia Suleiman, a comic saga exploring identity, nationality and belonging, in which Suleiman asks the fundamental question: where is the place we can truly call home?



“Filmmaker and actor Elia Suleiman uses his own face and body to express the soul of Palestine in his films, and nowhere more so than in his droll new comedy, It Must Be Heaven.”
The Hollywood Reporter

“Suleiman’s comic method is sly subversive. His keenly observed episodes can seem like unrelated black comic incidents, until the whole fabric of his theme begins to appear.”
The New York Times

“Suleiman’s always a reliable charmer, with a penchant for funneling the language of Jacques Tati and Buster Keaton into moving-image editorials about his troubled homeland.”

The next day, on Friday the 22nd of November at 12.00 p.m., Elia Suleiman will be giving a masterclass at IANOS bookstore (Stadiou 24, Athens). More information will be announced shortly.

About Elia Suleiman


Elia Suleiman was born in 1960 in Nazareth and lived in New York from 1981 to 1993. During his stay there, he directed his first two short films “Introduction to the End of an Argument” and “Homage by Assassination” that both won numerous awards. In 1994 Suleiman moved to Jerusalem and was entrusted with the task of developing a Film and Media Department at Birzeit University with funding support from the European Commission. His essays and articles have been published in English, Arabian, and French.

His first feature film "Chronicle of a Disappearance" won the Best First Film Prize at the 1996 Venice Film Festival. His second feature "Divine Intervention" won the Jury Prize at the 2002 Cannes Film Festival and the International Critics Prize (FIPRESCI).

His next film “The Time That Remains” competed in the Cannes Film Festival while his last feature film “It Must Be Heaven” received the Jury Special Mention Αward at the Cannes Film Festival (2019) as well as the FIPRESCI Prize.



The 32nd Panorama of European Cinema is held from Thursday, November 21 to Wednesday, December 4, 2019 at TRIANON Cinema (21/11-4/12, Kodrigktonos 21) and ANDORA Cinema (28/11-4/12, Sevastoupoleos 117).

The full festival program, screening schedule and other parallel events which consist of world cinema premieres, international competition section, tributes, masterclasses etc., will be gradually announced within the following days.