Divine Intervention

Synopsis: 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.
Genre: Drama, Romance, War
Director(s): Elia Suleiman
Production: Avatar Films Domestic Theatric
  6 wins & 2 nominations.
Rotten Tomatoes:
92 min

During Ramadan, there's no fucking

So you come to eat

in Jerusalem, Mohammed?

There's no food

in Ramallah, Mohammed?

Where's Mohammed?

Where did he go?

What are you doing?

Get out

Get in this car

You, come here!

Go on, get in there!

You! Out of there!

Don't be scared. Stand next to me

Stand straight!

Long live the people of Israel!

Sing, fucker!

Start your engines!

Get out of here!

Come Shoot If You're Ready

Load... arms!



Assume your positions!




Father Dies

What do you expect? This neighbourhood

is the sister of a pimp


I wanted to get my car out...

...and someone was blocking my way

We are a decent lot,

parking is a real problem

I got this kid and told him

"See if the driver is at your place"

I lit a cigarette and waited

Waited and waited and waited

No one came

I thought,

"He must be sipping an arak"

And then he shows up.

He sees me

He opens his trunk. He takes

a Hoover, a dustpan and brush...

...he starts cleaning his car

I said, "This is not good timing"

Let's see how far he goes

He cleaned his car front,

back and front again

He started to back out with the carpets,

his ass like it was in reverse

I got out

I waited till his head was level with

the door and banged it and banged it...

...till his head was as red

as a monkey's ass

"You want to clean your car?"

My brother heard the noise

"What's happening?"

"Nothing, he wants to clean his car"

The family came to help him out

My brother said, "Stay where you are"

He grabbed the guy and said, "Want

to clean your car, brother of a whore?"

He beat the shit out of him

and knocked him flat

Now the guy is in hospital,

his ribs are all broken

He wanted to clean his car,

the son of a whore!

That's enough. Stop it now

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Elia Suleiman

Elia Suleiman (Arabic: إيليا سليمان‎, IPA: [ˈʔiːlja sʊleːˈmaːn]; born 28 July 1960) is a Palestinian film director and actor of Rûm Greek Orthodox origin. He is best known for the 2002 film Divine Intervention (Arabic: يد إلهية‎), a modern tragic comedy on living under occupation in Palestine which won the Jury Prize at the 2002 Cannes Film Festival. Elia Suleiman's cinematic style is often compared to that of Jacques Tati and Buster Keaton, for its poetic interplay between "burlesque and sobriety". He is married to Lebanese singer and actress Yasmine Hamdan. more…

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Submitted on August 05, 2018


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