1996

Palestinian territory, occupied

84min - 35 mm - 1.77 - Dolby SR - Drama Comedy

New HD master in 2015

Original language :Arabic / Hebrew / French / Russian

Cast

Elia Suleiman
Ula Tabari
Nazira Suleiman
Fuad Suleiman
Jamal Daher

Credits

Director: Elia Suleiman

Producer : Elia Suleiman
Production Company : DHAT PRODUCTIONS

Screenplay : Elia Suleiman
Director of photography : Marc Andrie Batigne
Sound : Jean-Paul Mugel
Editing : Anna Ruiz
Set : Samir Srouji & Hans ter Elst

Festivals & Awards

2004 :
Taiwan Doc Fest
Malbourne Film Fest

2002:
Athens Palestine Festival

2001:
Walker Art Center Minneapolis
MOMA New York
Palestinian Film Week Switzerland

2000:
Cinemateket USF Norway
Culturgest Portugal
Bologna Film Archive
Jakarta Film Festival
Palestinian Film Festival Palermo

1999:
Mediterranean Film Festival Heidelberg Germany
13 Days of Independent Cinema Augsburg Germany

1998:
Bologna
Singapore
Batik Film Festival Perugia
Jewish Film Festival Vienna
Jewish Film Festival Berlin
Arsenals Riga
Cinema Udine Italy
Cinema Münster Germany
Cinema Halle Germany
Mediterranean Film Festival Tübingen Germany

1997:
Rotterdam
Istanbul
Haus der Kulturen der Welt Berlin
Kassel
Brussels
Jerusalem
Wellington
Hong Kong Arts Centre
Copenhagen
Hamburg
Vancouver
Pusan Venice Film Fest 1996 Best first film
Festival of Three Continents

1996 :
Best film & Best music

Chronicle of a Disappearance

Segell Ikhtifa

a film by :Elia Suleiman

In an investigation of the twilight zone between narrative, history and autobiography, CHRONICLE OF A DISAPPEARANCE transgresses the boundaries of many genres. After living in New York for many years, the Palestinian film makerElia Suleiman returned to Israel for this film. He used his privileged position as half insider and half outsider to analyze how much the Arab population of Israel is losing its national identity. Through his quasi-aimless roamings we becomeacquainted with his extended circle of family and friends. The characters lead a marginal existence in an occasionally surreal reality. The director/protagonist moves between the role of character and spectator, mediator and narrator, asthe film itself moves between documentary, fiction, reminiscence and present. The film is lucidly structured, funny and ironic.

French Synopsis :

Un réalisateur revient en Israel pour faire un film. Il entreprend d'observer la perte d'identité de la population arabe d'Israel et organise son recit en deux parties: "Nazareth, journal intime" et "Jérusalem, journal politique". A Nazareth, sa ville natale, il filme sa famille, au sens large. Son père, sa mère, ses amis, ses voisins. "Jérusalem, journal politique" s'ouvre sur une chanson clef et se clot sur la fin des émissions de la télévision israélienne devant un couple palestinien endormi.

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