The Time That Remains
Directed by: Elia Suleiman
Friday, January 7 - Thursday, February 10, 2011
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 the Israeli Arab community 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.
“A lovely autobiographical film. Its exquisite balance of visual rigor and heartfelt emotion gives it remarkable, if always quiet, beauty and power.” – A.O. Scott, The New York TimesNR, 109 Minutes
IFC Films, Palestine/France