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The Time that Remains -- An intimate semi-biographical portrait of Palestinians living as a minority in their own homeland between 1948 and the present day.
The Time that Remains -- THE TIME THAT REMAINS is a film composed of stylized autobiographical episodes from the life of writer/director Elia Suleiman. The film explores life among the Israeli Arab community, and is shot largely in homes and places in which Suleiman's family once lived. Inspired by his father's diaries, letters his mother sent to family members who had fled the Israeli occupation, and the director's own recollections, the film spans from 1948 until the present, recounting the saga of the filmmaker's family. Inserting himself as a silent observer reminiscent of Buster Keaton, Suleiman trains a keen eye on the absurdities of life in Nazareth.


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12 August 2009 (France) See more »
An examination of the creation of the state of Israel in 1948 through to the present day. | Add synopsis »
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Ali Suliman ... Eliza's Boyfriend

Saleh Bakri ... Fuad

Elia Suleiman ... ES

Maisa Abd Elhadi ... Woman in West Bank taxi
Ziad Bakri ... Jamal (as Ziyad Bakri)

Menashe Noy ... Taxi Driver

Doraid Liddawi ... Ramalla IDF officer

Ehab Assal ... Man With Cell Phone / Tank
Lutuf Nouasser ... Abu Elias (as Lotuf Neusser)

Tarik Kopty ... Neighbor
Avi Kleinberger ... Government Official
Nati Ravitz ... IDF Commander
Yaniv Biton ... Haganah Soldier
Baher Agbariya ... Iraqi soldier
Alon Leshem ... IDF Officer
Amer Hlehel ... Anis
Lior Shemesh ... Police Officer
Alex Bakri ... Man Who Shoots Himself
Yasmine Haj ... Nadia
Isabelle Ramadan ... Aunt Olga
George Khleifi ... Mayor
Leila Muammar ... Thuraya
Izabel Ramadan ... Olga
Daniel Bronfman ... Policeman at bridge
Shafika Bajjali ... Mother (80)
Nina Jarjoura ... Rose
Samar Tanus ... Mother
Ayman Espanioli ... ES (Teenager)
Zuhair Abu Hanna ... ES Child
Tareq Qobti ... Neighbor

Directed by
Elia Suleiman 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Elia Suleiman  writer

Produced by
Joslyn Barnes .... associate producer
Hani Farsi .... executive producer
Michael Gentile .... producer
Danny Glover .... associate producer
Lauraine Heftler .... supervising producer
Avi Kleinberger .... co-producer
Maya Sanbar .... associate producer
Elia Suleiman .... producer
Cinematography by
Marc-André Batigne 
Film Editing by
Véronique Lange 
Casting by
Juna Suleiman 
Production Design by
Sharif Waked 
Set Decoration by
Maha Assal 
Samir Hawa 
Costume Design by
Judy Shrewsbury 
Production Management
Ehab Assal .... production manager
Varujan Gumusel .... post-production manager
Isabelle Morax .... post-production supervisor
Jacques Royer .... production manager
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Kira Bik .... second assistant director
Jerome Borenstein .... first assistant director
Robyn Glaser .... second assistant director
Avichai Henig .... first assistant director
Enas I. Muthaffar .... first assistant director: Ramallah
Art Department
Maha Assal .... set dresser
Nael Kanj .... property master
Sound Department
Rainier Buidin .... assistant sound
Raja Dubayah .... boom operator (as Raja Dubayeh)
Raja Dubayah .... second unit sound recordist (as Raja Dubayeh)
Jon Goc .... assistant sound editor (as Jonathan Goc)
Vincent Guillon .... supervising sound editor
Sébastien Jeannot .... dialogue editor
Gwennolé Le Borgne .... sound editor
Didier Lesage .... re-recording mixer
Pierre Mertens .... sound mixer
Billy Miquel .... boom operator
Christian Monheim .... sound
Michel Monier .... sound consultant: Dolby
Mélanie Mourey .... foley editor
Pierre Picq .... boom operator
Stephane Rabeau .... additional sound editor
Matthieu Sibony .... supervising sound editor
Eric Tisserand .... re-recording mixer
Seppe van Groeningen .... boom operator
Alexandre Widmer .... sound editor
Special Effects by
Pini Klavir .... special effects supervisor
Visual Effects by
Annie Dautane .... visual effects producer
Maxim Doucet .... systems engineer
François Dumoulin .... flame artist
Aurélien Grand .... retouch and restoration
Nicolas Lacroix .... visual effects coordinator
Elodie Ly Tri .... retouch and restoration
Fredrik Monteil .... digital compositor
Eve Ramboz .... visual effects supervisor
Adrien Servadio .... digital artist
Ilya Farfel .... stunt performer
Alex Osmolovsky .... stunt performer
Dima Osmolovsky .... stunt coordinator
Camera and Electrical Department
Ehab Assal .... camera operator
Raed Bashir .... best boy electric
Raed Bashir .... electrician
Shimon Belfer .... best boy
Shimon Belfer .... rigging gaffer
Jekie Boaz .... grip
Mordi Boaz .... key grip
George Dabas .... video assist
Noam Eisenberg .... key grip
Shai Jajo .... electrician
Daniel Kaluzshky .... best boy grip
Justine Legros .... second assistant camera
Yana Mitnic .... electrician (as Yana Mitnik)
Ferencz Radnai .... gaffer
David Rudoy .... second assistant camera
Eric Sicot .... first assistant camera
Mario Zugair .... electrician
Animation Department
Dani Rosen .... animation supervisor
Casting Department
Salim Abu Jabal .... extras casting
Leila Muammar .... casting coordinator
Najwa Mubarki .... casting
Juna Suleiman .... casting
Editorial Department
Chrystel Alépée .... assistant editor
Mickaël Commereuc .... colorist assistant
Charlotte Lamy Le Loet .... color timer
Natacha Louis .... colorist
Mélanie Mourey .... assistant editor
Location Management
Lionel Guerrini .... location scout
Music Department
Matthieu Sibony .... music supervisor
Other crew
Georgina Asfour .... script supervisor
Frederik Bois .... title designer
Nicholas Dalton .... legal services
Thierry Desjours .... financial manager
Nathalie Geoffroy .... production assistant
Amer Hlehel .... creative assistant director
Maxime Maisin .... production coordinator: Belgium
Pierre Selinger .... production attorney
Géraldine Toitot .... production administrator
Henri Deneubourg .... thanks
Carole Zabar .... special thanks

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5 out of 5 people found the following review useful.
Resistance through silence!, 13 December 2012
Author: Fuad Halwani from Lebanon

"The Time that Remains" is by far one of the most well-made and powerful Arab movies (and specifically Palestinian) to date. Elia Suleiman tackles one of the most prominent issues in the Arab world with beautiful imagery, nostalgia, music, and the silent word.

I usually do not admire having a director act in his/her own film, but Elia Suleiman is his films, they are part of him and his appearance in them as the silent observer simply attacks the emotions and makes the viewer a part of his own life. "The Time that Remains" basically chronicles the life of his mother and father and their 'silent' resistance through the turmoil of the Israeli invasion of Palestine from 1948 till today.

What is so powerful about this film is that how the viewer (and especially an Arab viewer) can go through a history of conflict so smoothly with much joy and come out with a striking view of this history. Suleiman shows will all simplicity how the cause still loves, without blood, with few words, but with a lot of emotions and things to say. The choice of music (classical Arabic songs) make the viewer understand what the beauty of being an Arab is, and how this beauty is slowly fading... fading into a lack of identity.

I watched Suleiman's previous film "Divine Intervention" after watching this one and realized that we do have an Arab auteur director in our midst; his playful style and cartoonish characters all the more strengthen his cause and keep on his silent resistance.

A pure must-see!

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