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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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An examination of the creation of the state of Israel in 1948 through to the present day. | Add synopsis »
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Half a century of tragedy is squeezed into an hour and a half of a laconic and precisely targeted shock therapy. See more (10 total) »



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)

Doraid Liddawi ... Ramalla IDF officer

Menashe Noy ... Taxi Driver

Ehab Assal ... Man With Cell Phone / Tank
Yaniv Biton ... Haganah Soldier

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

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 Haj  (as 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 Haj .... set dresser (as Maha Assal)
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
Huma Khan .... legal post production (uncredited)
Henri Deneubourg .... thanks
Carole Zabar .... special thanks

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Half a century of tragedy is squeezed into an hour and a half of a laconic and precisely targeted shock therapy., 8 January 2012
Author: Camilla Stein

Sometimes, life throws at us things that over the years become too big to comprehend. Such are natural disasters, pandemic diseases, nuclear explosions, and wars.

In his movie, released in 2009, Elia Suleiman sets on a journey to explore the genre of black comedy, so as to reveal to us the secret of coping with a tragedy of which the magnitude is overwhelming.

It is the nature of human mind to always look for some form of normality, maybe a little static, but nevertheless, a feeling that your bases are covered, your life has a purpose and your entire existence in a certain place and at a certain time is not meaningless. This is what we, humans, do when gun battles, tanks and security surges are suddenly a persistent part of the daily routine. And this is exactly the focus of The Time That Remains. Half a century of tragedy is squeezed into an hour and a half of a laconic and precisely targeted shock therapy.

Despite its smoothness and an accurately placed hint of suspense, this movie doesn't truly give you a moment of rest. There's no wallowing in self-pity here, no destructive mind blowing imagery; even the garden of executions is so well carved into the texture of the surrounding neighborhood that it appears natural despite your mind telling you that what you are looking at is a yelling contradiction to what is humanly acceptable.

There's also no conflict, in a traditional sense of the word, around which the story would evolve. All there is is a deceptively distanced and only seemingly uninvolved bitterly comic narration about generations of painful struggle to remain human in a filled with nonsense reality, where even a direct participant finds himself merely an observer, trying to just be.

The movie strikes as grotesque, largely satirical, very reflective and detailed. This effect doesn't wear off till the very last scene.

When telling the truth becomes a taboo, the sensationalism of this movie is found in the peculiar way of drawing attention to what should not be discussed, because the subject makes us uncomfortable.

Elia Suleiman resorts to various means offered by cinematography in order to break the unbreakable, to jump over the wall.

There are no loud graphic scenes in this movie, nothing at all that an adult cannot handle; yet, it is heavily loaded with incredible emotions that run deep in the film's canvas, leaving you gulp for air at times.

When deciding whether or not to watch this movie, don't hesitate. Just watch. And prepare lots of tissues, even if you are known for having a thick skin.

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