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It Must Be Heaven ()


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Filmmaker Elia Suleiman travels to different cities and finds unexpected parallels to his homeland of Palestine.

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Old Neighbour
Kareem Ghneim ...
Young Neighbour
George Khleifi ...
Waiter in Restaurant
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Brother 1 in Restaurant
Faris Muqabaa ...
Brother 2 in Restaurant
Yasmine Haj ...
Sister in Restaurant
Asmaa Azaizeh ...
Bedouin Woman (as Asmaa Azaizy)
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Man in Metro
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French Producer
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Ambulance Woman
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Ambulance Man
Eric Cornet ...
Homeless Man
Yumi Narita ...
Japanese Woman
Kengo Saito ...
Japanese Man
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Tarot Reader
Raia Haidar ...
Femen in Central Park (as Raïa Haïdar)
Fadi Sakr ...
Master of Ceremony
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New York Taxi Driver
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Professor
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American Producer
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Airport Security Guard
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Gael García Bernal
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Priest
Wisam Zoabi ...
Priest (as Wisam Zuabi)
Ghali Yamani ...
Gang Member
Jude Heib ...
Gang Member
Waseem Khoury ...
Gang Member
Awsm Onallah ...
Gang Member
Majd Awwad ...
Gang Member
Bashar Masalha ...
Gang Member
Akran Badra ...
Gang Member
Ziad Jarjoura ...
Gang Member
Fouad Abdel Hadi ...
Waiter in Café
Jack Deek ...
Drunk Man
Subhi Hussari ...
Policeman
Amar Zidani ...
Policeman
Baher Agbariya ...
Street Vendor
Yuval Oren ...
Soldier
Hani Shaheen ...
Soldier
Marah Khamis ...
Blindfolded Girl
Jamal Azar ...
Mover
Ziad Abu Sinni ...
Mover
Mathieu Samaille ...
Plane Pilot
Julie Taillon ...
Air Hostess
Virginie Belval-Nadeau ...
Air Hostess
Gersende Welker ...
Parisian Pedestrian
Célia Levadoux ...
Parisian Pedestrian
Cherley Raveau ...
Parisian Pedestrian
Lisa Bournine ...
Parisian Pedestrian
Marie Benati ...
Parisian Pedestrian
Mathilda Galmot ...
Parisian Pedestrian
Marie-Stella Perron D'ARC ...
Parisian Pedestrian (as Marie Stella Perron)
Maï Suan Lepage ...
Parisian Pedestrian
Natascha Wiese ...
Parisian Pedestrian
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Parisian Pedestrian
Marion Vienne ...
Parisian Pedestrian
Maurane Szilagyi ...
Parisian Pedestrian
Rebekah Dobbins ...
Parisian Pedestrian
Karlie Schaphorst ...
Parisian Pedestrian
Blandine Bourd ...
Parisian Pedestrian
Christa Navagambota ...
Parisian Pedestrian
Patricia Turchin ...
Parisian Pedestrian
Floriane Desmaret ...
Parisian Pedestrian
Olivier Lin ...
Parisian Pedestrian
Valentin Turchi ...
Parisian Pedestrian
Jules Cellier ...
Parisian Pedestrian
Laurent Desgrange ...
Parisian Pedestrian
Antoine Lamouroux ...
Parisian Pedestrian
Genji Kuno ...
Parisian Pedestrian
Lucien Dugaz ...
Parisian Pedestrian
Dehbia Djelil ...
Bistro Owner
Saqlain Zaka ...
Rose Vendor
Mathieu Lavergne ...
Policeman on Unicycle
Jérôme Roze ...
Policeman on Unicycle
Romain Candela ...
Policeman on Unicycle
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Man Running From Police
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Man Running From Police
Romain Godenaire ...
Policeman on Roller Blades
Flavien Du Peloux ...
Policeman on Roller Blades
Frédéric Bukowski ...
Policeman on Roller Blades
Brigitte Vallée ...
Woman on Wheelchair
Romain Jouffroy ...
Priest
Isabelle Tréhet ...
Homeless Woman in Metro
Ugo Mahut ...
Policeman in Metro (as Hugo Mahut)
Joël Dupré La Tour ...
Policeman in Metro
Pierre André ...
Policeman in Metro
Yann Durel ...
Policeman in Metro
Héloise Lacroix ...
Policewoman in Metro
Candice Cartier ...
Republican Guard
Johnny Cuny ...
Republican Guard
Ricardo Dos Santos ...
Republican Guard
Alexandre Erragne ...
Republican Guard
Jean Girard ...
Republican Guard
René Moreau ...
Republican Guard
Sébastien Mossion ...
Republican Guard
Guilhem Oursel ...
Republican Guard
Jean-Pierre Ribes ...
Republican Guard
Christian Miegakanda ...
Sanitation Worker
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Sanitation Worker
Delphine Le Moine ...
Producer's Assistant (as Delphine Lemoine)
Axel Chuchu ...
People in the Parisian Park
Fabien Cael ...
People in the Parisian Park
Yaxiong Chen ...
People in the Parisian Park
Siena Miu ...
People in the Parisian Park
Lisha Pu ...
People in the Parisian Park
Hsiu Lan Phe ...
People in the Parisian Park
Edouard Pennes ...
People in the Parisian Park
Louise Rey ...
People in the Parisian Park
Mahdi Ali Ali ...
People in the Parisian Park
Bich Ly-Cuong ...
People in the Parisian Park
Raphaël Chiquet ...
People in the Parisian Park
Marlise Bete Ngadem ...
Cleaning Lady
Jean Maricot ...
Policeman at Bistro
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Policeman at Bistro
Harun Uyuklu ...
Policeman at Bistro
Francis Guibert ...
Policeman at Bistro
Angelo Aybar ...
Saxophonist
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People with Guns
Lucson-Yves Claude ...
People with Guns
Jonathan Michel Pipunic ...
People with Guns
Myriam De Bonville ...
People with Guns (as Myriame Bonville)
Nancy Blais ...
People with Guns
Eleonore Plamondon ...
People with Guns
Carmen Daou ...
Cashier
Maryam Milani ...
Cashier
Basil McKenna ...
Policeman in Park
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Policeman in Park
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Policeman in Park
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Policeman in Park (as Sebastian Beaulac)
Aldo Lopez ...
Policeman in Park
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Policeman in Park
Gabrielle Mankiewicz ...
US Producer's Receptionnist
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Policeman in Park
Amélie Gagnon-Dupont ...
Woman with Dog
Miro Lacasse ...
Death Man
Ahmad Hamdan ...
Falafel Vendor
Alexie Legrendre ...
People in Halloween Costume
Dian Khalil ...
People in Halloween Costume
Marie-Luce Gervais ...
People in Halloween Costume
Adrien Lessard ...
People in Halloween Costume
Simon Dufresne ...
People in Halloween Costume
Juliet Vauconstant ...
US Producer's Assistant
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
L. Fernando Becerra Sánchez ...
Player in the park
India De Almeida
Nael Kanj ...
Bishop (uncredited)
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Groom (uncredited)

Directed by

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Elia Suleiman

Written by

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Elia Suleiman ... ()

Produced by

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Baher Agbariya ... line producer
Serge Catoire ... line producer
Martin Hampel ... producer
Hanaa Issa ... executive producer
Thanassis Karathanos ... producer
Jovan Marjanovic ... associate producer
Michel Merkt ... producer
Serge Noël ... producer
Zeynep Ozbatur Atakan ... producer
Laurine Pelassy ... producer
Georges Schoucair ... co-producer
Elia Suleiman ... producer
Edouard Weil ... producer

Cinematography by

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Sofian El Fani

Film Editing by

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Véronique Lange

Editorial Department

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Chrystel Alépée ... assistant editor
Peter Bernaers ... colorist
Mustapha Laatita ... workflow supervisor
Lp Langlois ... dailies assistant
Justine Robidoux ... colorist: dailies
Artem Stretovych ... Assistant colorist: The Post Republic / digital intermediate supervisor: The Post Republic

Casting By

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Richard Rousseau
Juna Suleiman

Art Direction by

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Caroline Alder
Juna Suleiman

Set Decoration by

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Elise de Blois
Mary Lynn Deachman ... decorator
Maha Haj
Marion Pages Gonzalo ... set decorator: France
Rabia Salifiti

Costume Design by

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Alexia Crisp-Jones
Eric Poirier

Makeup Department

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Julia Floch-Carbonel ... makeup artist
Grit Hildenbrand ... makeup artist
Sandrine Monnerie ... additional makeup artist

Production Management

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Florent Cassiani-Ingoni ... assistant unit manager
Serge Catoire ... production manager
Eric Chabot ... production manager
Michel Croteau ... production manager
Léo Grignon ... assistant production manager
Aroub Hamed ... assistant production manager (as Hamed Aroub)
Eric Lebeau ... unit manager
Jean-Christophe Leborgne ... assistant unit manager
Elodie Lorquet ... assistant unit manager
Hugues Sauvagnac ... assistant production manager
Nicolas Thau ... Production Manager: Paradoxal
Valentin Tourdjman ... unit manager

Second Unit Director or Assistant Director

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Jeremy Peter Allen ... first assistant director
Barbara Canale ... first assistant director
Eric Chabot ... first assistant director
Julie Gamache-Maher ... second assistant director
Reem Jubran ... second assistant director
Gabrielle Mankiewicz ... key third assistant director: Canada
Jeanne Tassy ... second assistant director
Perle Tharinger ... crowd second assistant director
Marylou Weber ... third assistant director

Art Department

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Sarah Rose Buchanan ... On Set Props
Annette Bélanger ... art dpt coordinator
Hilal Jabareen ... property master
Bruno La Haye ... key props on set (as Bruno Lahaye)
Kim Maurice ... graphic designer
Vincent Morin ... illustrator
Emmanuel Muh ... assistant art director / set dresser
Frank Pitussi ... Property master France
Olivier Proulx ... Property master
Jessica Surendorff ... assistant on-set props

Sound Department

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Laure Bardou ... assistant adr engineer
Eric Chevallier ... re-recording mixer
Laure-Anne Darras ... sound editor
Johannes Doberenz ... sound
Lars Ginzel ... re-recording mixer
Marie Giustinati ... assistant foley recordist
Kai Hesselbarth ... assistant sound
Ange Hubert ... trainee assistant sound editor
Gwennolé Le Borgne ... supervising sound editor
Olivier Touche ... sound editor
Markus Wurster ... head audio technician

Visual Effects by

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Samy Baudouin ... Data wrangler
Julie Bec ... visual effects project manager: Digital District
Alex Berthelot ... animator: Digital District
Federica Chinaglia ... visual effect coordinator assistant
David Danesi ... visual effects producer
Landry De Oliveira ... visual effects
Philippe Desfretier ... digital compositor
Thomas Duval ... visual effects supervisor
Thibaut Granier ... visual effects artist
Sergey Kononenko ... cg supervisor: Digital District
Loic Laurelut ... Compositing Supervisor
Emilien Lazaron ... visual effects supervisor
Luddnel Magne ... digital compositor
Sonia Marques ... visual effects producer
Alexandre Meneux ... matte painting
Vion Nicolas ... visual effects artist
Lolet Ong ... VFX producer
Rutul Patel Nair ... visual effects producer: Digital District
Christian Salazar ... Lighting artist: Digital District
Alexis Vieil ... visual effects producer
Florian Suc ... modeling (uncredited)

Stunts

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Tyler Hall ... stunt coordinator

Camera and Electrical Department

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Gal Altschuler ... key grip / key grip: Nazareth
Mutaz Ayyad ... electrician / electrician: Nazareth
Mohamed Habib Ben Salem ... gaffer
Carole Bethuel ... still photographer
Julien Brumauld ... best boy: Paris
Ronald Casseus ... d.i.t./video assist: Montreal
Tinx Chan ... director of photography: New York
Julie Dakwar ... digital loader
Julien Gerard ... grip: Paris
Laurent Guerin ... still photographer
Thomas Handtke ... first assistant camera
Adrien Heylen ... data manager: Paris
Nicholas Kitai ... best boy: Nazareth
Omer Kvashne ... additional grip: Nazareth / assistant grip
François Legris ... gaffer: Montreal crew
Francois Marcouiller ... steadicam operator
Gerard Martin ... second assistant camera: Montreal
Henryk Olk ... electrician: Paris
Morvan Omnes ... key grip: Paris
Riyad Shammas ... second assistant camera

Casting Department

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Julie Breton ... extras casting
Amélie Covillard ... casting
Marine Pédeboscq ... extras casting assistant
Juna Suleiman ... casting

Costume and Wardrobe Department

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Irène Bernaud ... assistant costume designer
Pauline Juille ... wardrobe
Eric Poirier ... Costume designer: Canada
Isabelle Savard ... Key dresser background

Location Management

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Alexandre Bloch ... location scout
Isabelle Champeau ... key assistant location manager
Severine Deluc ... location scout
Séverine Deluc ... Location Manager
Hugues Sauvagnac ... assistant location manager

Music Department

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Steve Bouyer ... music supervisor
Pascal Mayer ... music supervisor

Script and Continuity Department

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Laurie Mannessier ... script supervisor: Montreal

Additional Crew

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Bruno Barde ... press
Julie Birnbaum ... production accountant
Alexis Delage-Toriel ... press
Laetitia Dom ... production secretary
Aroub Hamed ... production coordinator (as Hamed Aroub)
Baptiste Herment ... assistant production accountant
Madeleine Leveque ... production assistant
Laurie Mannessier ... script supervisor: Montreal
Maxime Masson ... production assistant
Christin Meyer ... Co-Production Coordinator
Béatrice Moukhaiber ... production coordinator
Agnès Schmouker ... Finance Director
Chloé Thivierge ... production assistant
Pascal Tréguy ... head animal trainer

Thanks

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Martin Scorsese ... thanks

Production Companies

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Distributors

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Special Effects

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Storyline

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Plot Summary

Like a modern Jacques Tati with a hint of Buster Keaton, the director, writer, and actor, Elia Suleiman, embodies another silent version of himself, coming up with new, even subtler and more ingenious ways to portray the Palestinian ghettoisation. This time, in search of homeliness, Suleiman's alter ego travels from Nazareth to Europe, making the first stop at picturesque Paris to promote his movie, and then, off he goes to bustling New York City. There, he meets his friend, the actor, producer, and writer, Gael García Bernal, who is eager to lend a hand; however, it seems that his film is not Palestinian enough. But, when confronted with life's inherent absurdity, what else is there to do but sit back and stare in bewilderment? Written by Nick Riganas

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Also Known As
  • Vom Gießen des Zitronenbaums (Germany)
  • C'est ça le paradis? (Canada, French title)
  • Burası Cennet Olmalı (Turkey, Turkish title)
  • De repente, el paraíso (Spain)
  • Vom Gießen des Zitronenbaums (Austria)
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Runtime
  • 102 min
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Trivia Official submission of Palestine for the 'Best International Feature Film' category of the 92nd Academy Awards in 2020. See more »
Quotes Professor: First... Welcome to New York, It's good to have you here at our school. I will start by asking you to share with us your experience as a filmmaker and to speak about the ways of being and feeling that have or have not permitted you to achieve... the conditions of becoming what we call a citizen of the world. Is you sense, your identity... of place a thing of the past? Has your nomadic existence extinguished your love of one place? And extended it to a love of all places? In other words are you a perfect stranger?
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