The Time That Remains With Acclaimed Filmmaker Elia Suleiman

Thursday, April 24, 2014
12:00 pm - 2:00 pm
The New School, Kellen Auditorium, 66 5th Avenue (at 12th Street), New York, NY 10011
Admission: Free

3rd i NY are pleased to announce the screening of Elia Suleiman’s “The Time That Remains” presented by The School of Media Studies, The New Schoolthis Thursday the 24th of April from 12pm-3pm. This event will also feature the rarely screened short film “Awkward” (4 mins) and a conversation with the filmmaker hosted by Prof. Nitin Sawhney and Prof. Deanna Kamiel.

About the Film: The Time That Remains
Subtitled Chronicle of a Present Absentee, this humorous, heartbreaking film (the final installment in a trilogy that includes Chronicle of a Disappearance and Divine Intervention) is set among Palestinians living in Israel and shot largely in homes and places in which Suleiman’s family once lived. Inspired by his father’s diaries, letters his mother sent to family members who had fled the Israeli occupation, and the director’s own recollections, the film spans from 1948 until the present, recounting the saga of Suleiman’s family in elegantly stylized episodes. Inserting himself as a silent observer reminiscent of Buster Keaton, Suleiman trains a keen eye on the absurdities of life in Nazareth. His father is played in the film by the renowned Palestinian actor Saleh Bakri. The film (109 mins in duration) was released in 2009 to much critical acclaim at the Cannes Film Festival and Toronto International Film Festival.
New York Times review: (NYT Critics’ Pick)

About the Director

Elia Suleiman is a Palestinian actor and filmmaker who has extensive experience in both directing and screenwriting. He was born in Nazareth, Palestine in 1960. Elia Suleiman is most well-known for his 2002 film, Divine Intervention, a surreal comedy and modern tragedy about the Israeli occupation of Palestine, with a specific look at daily life. Divine Intervention won several awards, including the International Critics Prize (FIPRESCI), the Cannes Film Festival Jury Prize (2002), and the Best Foreign Film Prize at the European Awards in Rome. Often compared with filmmakers Jacques Tati and Buster Keaten, Elia Suleiman deals with both burlesque and seriousness with a similar poetic sense. Elia Suleiman lived in New York City for a decade (1982–93) before moving back to Palestine to teach Film and Media at Birzeit University near Ramallah, in the West Bank. It was during his time in the United States that he co-directed the short film Introduction to the End of an Argument (1990), and he directed Homage by Assassination (1992). Elia served as a Jury member for the Cannes Film Festival in 2006 and is currently the Artistic Advisor to the Doha Film Institute.
Presented by The School of Media Studies, The New School

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