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It Must Be Heaven

Dir: Elia Suleiman
Cast: Gael García Bernal, Ali Suliman, Elia Suleiman
97mins   2019   France   15   English   

Cinecity The Brighton Film Festival

Elia Suleiman escapes from Palestine seeking an alternative homeland, only to find that Palestine is trailing behind him. The promise of a new life turns into a comedy of errors: however far he travels, from Paris to New York, something always reminds him of home. A comic saga exploring identity, nationality and belonging, in which Suleiman asks the fundamental question: where is the place we can truly call home?

'For Suleiman, comedy is a kind of rhetorical non-violence. And yet there is also a pessimism here, a warning from a tarot card reader that a Palestinian state will not be seen in the protagonist's lifetime' - Peter Bradshaw, The Guardian