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DIVINE INTERVENTION

by Elia Suleiman

synopsis

Divine Intervention follows ES, is 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, and the result is palpable, bottled personal and political rage.

international title: Divine Intervention
original title: Yadon ilaheyy
country: France, Morocco, Germany, Palestine
sales agent: Pyramide International
year: 2001
genre: fiction
directed by: Elia Suleiman
film run: 92'
release date: CH 12/09/2002, FR 02/10/2002, ES 04/10/2002, BE 23/10/2002, IT 08/11/2002, PT 06/12/2002, NO 26/12/2002, UK 17/01/2003, NL 30/01/2003, SE 07/02/2003, CZ 13/03/2003, DE 03/04/2003, AT 04/04/2003, GR 11/04/2003, DK 15/08/2003, HU 11/12/2003
screenplay: Elia Suleiman
cast: Manal Khader, Nayef Fahoum Daher
cinematography by: Marc-André Batigne
film editing: Véronique Lange
art director: Miguel Markin, Denis Renault
producer: Richard Grandpierre
production: Ognon Pictures, ARTE France Cinéma, Gimages, Soread-2M (MA); Lichtblick Film (DE); Ness Communication & Productions (IL)
distributor: Pyramide Distribution, Trigon Film (CH), Warner Sogefilm (ES), Cinéart (BE), Warner Bros. (IT), Atalanta Filmes (PT), Arthaus (NO), Artificial Eye (UK), Filmmuseum Distributie (NL), SF Video (SE), Artcam Praha (CZ), Alamode (DE), Polyfilm (AT), Camera Film (DK), Best Hollywood (HU)

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Cannes 2002 Official Competition
Grand Prize
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