Screening: Special Film Screening: "The Time That Remains" With Acclaimed Filmmaker Elia Suleiman

Thu, April 24, 2014 12:00 pm at The New School, Kellen Auditorium

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Alwan for the Arts and 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 School this 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.

The Time That Remains, Elia Suleiman, Fance, 2009, 109 mins, Arabic/Hebrew with English Subtitles

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 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

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.Elia Suleiman is the Mellon Visiting Artist and Thinker at Columbia University School of the Arts this Spring semester.

Presented by The School of Media Studies, The New School
About 3rd i NY

3rd i New York’s monthly film/video/media salon is designed by local filmmakers and cultural producers to showcase the works of independent media makers of South Asian, Central Asian, and Arab descent. Providing alternative forums for these filmmakers who often have few venues to showcase their work and whose cultures and histories are often demonized or misrepresented in mainstream media, not only increases their visibility, but also provides a social forum for peers and audiences to participate in an ongoing discussion.


3rd i NY Film Programming is made possible in part with public funds from the Fund for Creative Communities, supported by New York State Council on the Arts, and the Manhattan Community Arts Fund, supported by the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs, both in partnership with the Lower Manhattan Cultural Council. Alwan for the Arts hosts our monthly screenings series. We are thankful to the SINGH Foundation for acting as our fiscal sponsor

Alwan's programs are made possible, in part, with public funds from the New York State Council of the Arts (NYSCA) and New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in Partnership with the City Council.

Last updated: 2014-04-23 19:23:36

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