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Divine Intervention
[Yadon Ilaheyya]
Divine Intervention

Feature Film

Elia Suleiman


90 minutes

In English, Arabic and Hebrew with English subtitles
    Winner, Jury Prize and FIPRESCI Award - 2002 Cannes Film Festival

Only 1 Home Video DVD copy available for sale! This film is currently out-of-print for home video and it is only available for institutional purchase.

"Fascinating and Entertaining!" —Chicago Reader

"A humorously death-haunted psychodrama." —The Village Voice

In this darkly comic masterpiece, Palestinian director Elia Suleiman utilizes irreverence, wit, mysticism and insight to craft an intense, hallucinogenic and extremely adept exploration of the dreams and nightmares of Palestinians and Israelis living in uncertain times.

Subtitled, "A Chronicle of Love and Pain," Divine Intervention follows ES, a character played by and clearly based upon the filmmaker himself. ES is burdened with a sick father, a stalled screenplay and an unrequited love affair with a beautiful Palestinian woman (Manal Khader) living in Ramallah. An Israeli checkpoint on the Nazareth-Ramallah road forces the couple to rendezvous in an adjacent parking lot. Their relationship and the absurd situations around them serve as metaphors for the lunacy of larger cultural problems. The result is a palpable rage that is both personal and political.

"One of the top ten films of the year!" -Time Magazine

"(The) film achieves a level of artistry and firm control over a clear, concise vision." -Hollywood Reporter

This film is available with a Digital Site License (DSL), which allows colleges, universities, or libraries to encode, locally host, and stream the film to their community on a closed, password-protected system.

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This film is available from AFD for public screenings and television broadcast. For information regarding rental rates and formats, please contact [email protected] for institutional/non-theatrical screenings, or [email protected] for theatrical, festival, television, or other bookings.

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