Elia Suleiman 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. Playing himself without speaking a word for the whole film, the writer-director is an attentive, ironic observer of the human comedy in a world of global tension and paranoia. Here the search for identity and a homeland, a constant in his films, takes the form of a man looking for a quiet place to be himself and make movies.
"If my previous films tried to present Palestine as a microcosm of the world; my new film It Must Be Heaven tries to show the world as if it were a microcosm of Palestine." (Elia Suleiman)
Born in 1960 in Nazareth, Israel. Between 1981 and 1993 he resided in New York, where he made the short Introduction to the End of an Argument and mid-length Homage by Assassination. He moved to Palestine in 1994 and established the Film and Media Department at the Birzeit University. His films have won numerous international awards and accolades.