It Must Be Heaven

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It Must Be Heaven

Elia Suleiman
F/Katar/Kanada/D/Türkei, 2019
Features, 97min, OmdU

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It Must Be Heaven

Elia Suleiman
F/Katar/Kanada/D/Türkei, 2019
Features, 97min, OmdU

Mon
04
Nov
20:30
Gartenbaukino
Tue
05
Nov
16:00
Urania
Cast: 
Gael García
Ali Suliman
Elia Suleiman
Grégoire Colin
Holden Wong
Kwasi Songui
Bernal Sebastien Beaulac
François Girard
Gabrielle Mankiewicz
Screenplay: 
Elia Suleiman
Sound: 
Gwennolé Leborgne
Camera: 
Sofan El Fani
Editor: 
Véronique Lange
Costume: 
Alexia Crisp-Jones

Production: 
Rectangle Productions
Nazira Films
Doha Film Institute
Pallas Film
Possibles Média
Zeynoflm
World Sales: 
Wild Bunch
Distribution in Austria: 
Polyfilm
Format: 
DCP
Color

The character played by Elia Suleiman in IT MUST BE HEAVEN is an enigmatic man who observes everything and says nothing, traveling first to France and then to the United States in search of funding for a film. In Paris, his project is rebuffed for not being Palestinian enough, although it does avoid exoticism and the conflict with the Israelis; in New York, he is directly ignored. What is genius about Suleiman’s film is the degree of perfection in his poetics of the absurd. Through this character, who watches everything from afar, everyday practices mostly become absurd. In Paris, a military parade, a ridiculous police checkpoint or a nurse who attends a man sleeping on the street as if he were a passenger on a commercial flight all expose a human comedy not devoid of cruelty. Nonsensical situations also abound in New York; what happens there when the character goes to a supermarket is the best gag of the year, because it uses ridicule to “denature” the acritical acceptance of unacceptable practices in this heterodox political film. The humorous deconstruction of delirium is a prerogative of only the best film comedians. (Roger Koza)

In the presence of Elia Suleiman.

Elia Suleiman: INTRODUCTION TO THE END OF AN ARGUMENT (1990, Ko-Regie), THE GULF WAR, WHAT NEXT? (1993), CHRONICLE OF A DISAPPEARANCE (1996), WAR AND PEACE IN VESOUL (1997), THE ARAB DREAM (1998, K), CYBER PALESTINE (1999), DIVINE INTERVENTION (2002), THE TIME THAT REMAINS (2009), 7 DAYS IN HAVANA (2012)