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The Time That Remains

The Time that Remains

The Time That Remains

Review score: * * * * *

cast: * Saleh BAKRI - Fuad * Yasmine HAJ - Nadia * Leila MUAMMAR - Thuraya * Elia SULEIMAN - Elia

year: 2009

colour: yes

certificate: PG

director: Elia Suleiman

runtime: 109

THE TIME THAT REMAINS is a semi biographical film, in four historic episodes, about a Palestinian family, the director's family, spanning from 1948, until recent times.
The film is inspired by his father’s diaries of his personal accounts, starting from when he was a resistant fighter in 1948, and by his mother’s letters to family members who were forced to leave the country since then.

Combined with his intimate memories of them and with them, the film attempts to portray the daily life of those Palestinians who remained in their land and were labeled « Israeli-Arabs », living as a minority in their own homeland.

A semi-biographical black comedy film written and directed by Elia Suleiman. The film stars Elia Suleiman, Saleh Bakri, Leila Mouammar, and Bilal Zidani. It gives an account of the creation of the Israeli state from 1948 to the present.

Suleiman participated in the 2009 Cannes Film Festival, as his new film competed in the official selection category. The Time That Remains was also screened at the 2009 Toronto International Film Festival.

In November 2009, the film won the Jury Grand Prize (with About Elly) at the Asia Pacific Screen Awards. The film won the Critics Prize from Argentinean Film Critics Association “Because of her artistic mastery and the magnificent approach with which she exhibits, from a personal point of view, her own people’s history and pain.” at Mar del Plata International Film Festival.


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