Chronicle of a Disappearance
Divine InterventionElia Suleiman, 2002
Round out your introduction to Suleiman's filmmaking with these highly regarded earlier works screened in association with the U.S. release of The Time that Remains.
The autobiographical Chronicle of a Disappearance won the award for best first film at the Venice Film Festival. A series of mostly unconnected scenes depict, according to Suleiman, "a journey in search of what it means to be Palestinian." The director appears as E.S., a man who returns to the West Bank after spending 12 years in New York City. (88 mins., 35mm)
Divine Intervention, Suleiman's most widely seen film, follows the daily routine of a man from Nazareth whose girlfriend lives four checkpoints away in Ramallah. A Santa being chased by knife-wielding school kids and a balloon bearing the visage of Yasser Arafat floating over Jerusalem are just two of its darkly comedic moments. (92 mins., 35mm) Divine Intervention begins at 8:40 PM.
$5 senior citizens
$7 general public