Chronicle of a Disappearance

Elia Suleiman

Palestine, 1996 / 84 min / Arabic, Hebrew, French, Russian OV with English subt. / Drama


In an investigation of the twilight zone between narrative, history, and autobiography, Chronicle Of A Disappearance transgresses the boundaries of many genres. After living in New York for many years, the Palestinian filmmaker Elia Suleiman returned to Israel to make this film. He used his unique position as half-insider and half-outsider to analyze how much the Arab population of Israel is losing its national identity. Through his quasi-aimless roamings, we become acquainted with his extended circle of family and friends. The characters lead a marginal existence in an occasionally surreal reality. The director/protagonist moves between the role of character and spectator, mediator and narrator, as the film itself moves between documentary, fiction, reminiscence, and present. The film is lucidly structured, funny and ironic.

Tue 08/03 14:00 Ciné Utopia OV Arabic/Hebrew/FR/EN with EN subt. Public
  • Best First Film, Venice Film Festival, 1996
Cast & Credits
Elia Suleiman, Ula Tabari, Nazira Suleiman, Fuad Suleiman, Jamal Daher
Elia Suleiman
Marc Andrie Batigne
Anna Ruiz
Dhat Productions
Pyramide International

Elia Suleiman lived in New York City for a decade before moving back to Palestine to teach film and media at Birzeit University. His first film, Chronicle of a Disappearance, won the Best First Film Prize at the 1996 Venice Film Festival. In 2002, Divine Intervention won the Jury Prize and the FIPRESCI Prize of the Cannes Film Festival as well as the prize for the best foreign film at the European Awards in Rome. His latest feature film titled It Must Be Heaven won the Jury Special Mention in Cannes in 2019, and the FIPRESCI Prize of the Cannes Film Festival.

  • 2019 - It Must Be Haven
  • 2012 - 7 Days in Havana (co-directed)
  • 2009 - The Time That Remains
  • 2002 - Divine Intervention
  • 2000 - Cyber Palestine – short
  • 1998 -The Arab Dream – short
  • 1996 - Chronicle of a Disappearance – short
  • 1992 - Homage by Assassination, episode of: Harb el kalij... wa baad/The Gulf War... and After) – short
  • 1990 - Introduction to the End of an Argument – short