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by Janelle (subscribe)
I like to participate in life rather than be a spectator. Music, dancing, theatre, travelling, food, cycling and walking are some of my passions. Writing is an enjoyable pastime that allows me to share my experiences.
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A return to Nazareth via Paris and New York

It Must Be Heaven is a film written, directed and starring Palestinian-Israeli Elia Suleiman. It is his fourth feature film and premiered at the Cannes Film Festival in May 2019, where it received the FIPRESCI Critics' Prize.

This film has a running time of ninety minutes and feels like a silent movie. There is not a lot of dialogue and the main character speaks once (four words only). Elia has been quoted that he resists the use of verbal language in order to maximise the potential of the image. It Must Be Heaven is internationally co-produced and is set in Nazareth, Paris and New York. We observe society through the eyes and facial expressions of the main protagonist who plays himself pitching his movie internationally.

I did find it mysterious and interesting but also confusing and confronting as there was no explanation regarding relationships and why the locations were mostly deserted. That being said, I enjoyed the satirical observations and the ridiculing of authoritarian figures. The images of Parisian police performing a Segway ballet, tanks trundling though the empty streets of Paris and gun toting children will stay with me for a long time.

It Must Be Heaven - In Cinemas July 2, 2020. See participating cinemas here.

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