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Divine Intervention ()

Yadon ilaheyya (original title)
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Separated by a checkpoint, Palestinian lovers from Jerusalem and Ramallah arrange clandestine meetings.

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E.S.
Manal Khader ...
Woman
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Santa Clause
Amer Daher ...
Auni
Jamel Daher ...
Jamal
Lufuf Nuweiser ...
Neighbor with American van
Read Masarweh ...
Abu Basil
Bassem Loulou ...
Abu Amer
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Adia (as Salvia Nakkara)
Naaman Jarjoura ...
Uncle
Rama Nashashibi ...
Um Elias
Saiman Natour ...
Friend
Fairos Hakim ...
Bus stop shopkeeper
Khalil Jarjoura ...
Number 6 man
Hamada Shamout ...
Basil
Nazira Suleiman ...
Mother
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Azi Adadi ...
Soldier 9
Haim Adri ...
Walkie Talkie Voice
Bsoul Ahmas ...
Policeman 3
Zahl Aleimi ...
Barbecue man
Shmulik Altal ...
Soldier 6
Igal Arobas ...
Tax officer 2
Majd Atiyem ...
Kid Santa Claus
Ahmad Ayadi ...
Kid Santa Claus
Samih Bathish ...
Municipal worker
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Marksman1
Vincent Bersoulle ...
Marksman 5 (as Vincent Bersouley)
Emma Boltanski ...
The french tourist
Arik Bonfis ...
Officier
Daniel Bronfman ...
Soldier 1
Omil Civon ...
Soldier 5
Daher Daher ...
Identical patient 1
Nayef Fahoum Daher ...
E.S.'s Father
Emil Daniel ...
Manshooting snake
Zahi Daniel ...
Snake beater #2
Ziad Daniel ...
Snake beater #1
Rashad Deek ...
Nurse 4
Yoval Edan ...
Policeman with van
Ramzi El Sheik Kasem ...
Molotov cocktail 2
Khalid Fahoum ...
Kid Santa Claus
Rana Hakim ...
Nurse 3
Rami Hakon ...
Soldier 8
Isal Hassidim ...
Soldier 2
Abu Junia ...
Vendor
Mahmoud Kadah ...
Policeman 2
Dishara Katelo ...
Kid Santa Claus
Samor Katelo ...
Kid Santa Claus
George Khleifi ...
Jerusalem Neighbor
Elias Khoury ...
Doctor
Avi Kleinberger ...
Trainer & Tax Collector
Sana Lahab ...
Nurse 1
Alox Lawrence ...
Settler in car
Rachol Loah ...
Walkie Talkie Voice
Ju'den Moaz ...
Prisonier
Fianas Moukabaa ...
Kid Santa Claus
Alfred Naddaf ...
Patient whit woomen leg
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Soldier at Checkpoint (as Monacho Noi)
Marwan Okal ...
Tax officer 1
Sébastien Peres ...
Marksman 2 (as Sebastian Perez)
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Santa Claus Breathing (voice)
Frederick Renard ...
Marksman 3 (as Fred Renard)
Emil Rock ...
Patient whit pyjama
Roni Rock ...
Santa Claus patient
Bakor Saleh ...
Snake beater #3
Imad Samara ...
Molotov cocktail 1
Denis Sandler ...
Soldier 4 (as Denis Shapoznikov)
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Marksman 4
Kamal Sruji ...
Engineer 2
Samir Sruji ...
Engineer 1
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Nurse smoking
Rasha Suleiman ...
Nurse 2
Soner Suleiman ...
Policeman 1
Wajdi Tallouzi ...
Kid Santa Claus
Tuvia Twig ...
Soldier 7
Ruba Warwar ...
Sweetwart
Lual Zaher ...
Kid Santa Claus
Ronin Zindenfeld ...
Soldier 3

Directed by

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Elia Suleiman

Written by

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Elia Suleiman ... ()

Produced by

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Humbert Balsan ... producer
Rémi Burah ... co-producer
Avi Kleinberger ... line producer
Joachim Ortmanns ... co-producer
Babette Schröder ... associate producer
Elia Suleiman ... co-producer

Cinematography by

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Marc-André Batigne

Film Editing by

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Véronique Lange

Editorial Department

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Reda Berbar ... colorist
Muriel Douvry ... assistant editor
Bérengère Saint-Bezar ... assistant editor

Casting By

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Najwa Mubarki
Galit Rosenstein ... (as Galit Rosenstain)

Production Design by

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Miguel Markin
Denis Renault

Art Direction by

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Miguel Markin
Denis Renault
Samir Srouji

Costume Design by

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Eve-Marie Arnault ... (as Eve-Marie Arnault)

Makeup Department

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Orly Ronen ... key makeup artist

Production Management

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Eric Vedrine ... unit manager: Marseilles

Second Unit Director or Assistant Director

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Basil Khalil ... second assistant director
Shabtai Yitzhak ... first assistant director

Art Department

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Corentin Harlé ... props
Manuel Swieton ... carpenter

Sound Department

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Selim Azzazi ... sound effects editor
Hervé Guyader ... sound editor
Laurent Lafran ... sound recordist
Philippe Lecoeur ... boom operator
Nicolas Lefebvre ... dialogue editor
Johann Nallet ... sound recordist
Williams Schmit ... re-recording mixer
Alon Shapira ... boom operator
Bruno Tarrière ... re-recording mixer
Eric Tisserand ... sound
Jean-Alexandre Villemer ... sound recordist

Visual Effects by

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Manfred Büttner ... visual effects producer
Erich Eder ... digital compositor
Hubert Fourneaux ... visual effects
Fabien Girodot ... visual effects supervisor
Dirk Matzkuhn ... digital compositor
Robert Pinnow ... visual effects coordinator
Eve Ramboz ... visual effects
Caterina Schiffers ... digital compositor: postproduction, TVT
Florian Schuck ... digital compositor
Heiko Schweizer ... digital compositor
Thomas Schäfer ... CGI artist
Aurélien Vernhes-Lermusiaux ... trainee: visual effects unit
Markus Degen ... digital effects artist (uncredited)

Stunts

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Olivier Schneider ... stunts
Frédéric Vallet ... stunt coordinator

Camera and Electrical Department

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Igal Arobas ... grip
Ehab Assal ... assistant camera / camera operator / focus puller
Adi Borkin ... best boy
Vincent Buron ... first assistant camera
Frédéric Mainçon ... assistant camera (as Frédéric Mainson)
Guy Ne'eman ... key grip
Ferencz Radnai ... gaffer

Script and Continuity Department

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Grace Benoish ... script supervisor
Myriam Lainey ... script supervisor

Other crew

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Stéphane Bourdon ... armourer
Nadia Saah ... publicity and marketing

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Storyline

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Plot Summary

Santa Claus tries to outrun a gang of knife-wielding youth. It's one of several vignettes of Palestinian life in Israel - in a neighborhood in Nazareth and at Al-Ram checkpoint in East Jerusalem. Most of the stories are droll, some absurd, one is mythic and fanciful; few words are spoken. A man who goes through his mail methodically each morning has a heart attack. His son visits him in hospital. The son regularly meets a woman at Al-Ram; they sit in a car, hands caressing. Once, she defies Israeli guards at the checkpoint; later, Ninja-like, she takes on soldiers at a target range. A red balloon floats free overhead. Neighbors toss garbage over walls. Life goes on until it doesn't. Written by

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Also Known As
  • Intervention divine (France)
  • Göttliche Intervention - Eine Chronik von Liebe und Schmerz (Germany)
  • Divine Intervention (United States)
  • Divine Intervention (World-wide, English title)
  • Intervención divina (Spain)
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Runtime
  • 92 min
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Did You Know?

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Trivia The music used in the opening credit sequence is from an Arabic song by Mohammed Abdulwahab from the 1950s called "Me, suffering, and your love" which are what the majority of the film is about. See more »
Goofs At the border, when several cars are told to turn around, the camera is reflected in the side of the cars for several seconds. See more »
Movie Connections Featured in Humbert Balsan, producteur rebelle (2006). See more »
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