The Time that Remains

Synopsis: An examination of the creation of the state of Israel in 1948 through to the present day.
Genre: Drama, History
Director(s): Elia Suleiman
Production: IFC Films
  5 wins & 5 nominations.
Rotten Tomatoes:
109 min

Three calling One, do you hear?

One, do you hear?

I hear you.

Elie, it's Menashe.

Leaving airport.

Long trip ahead.

Disappearing until further notice.

Don't try to find me.

Got it.

What's that?

Oh, no!

I really don't need a storm.

Enough, enough...

That's all we needed!

Oh, stop it!

What's going on here?

I think we took a wrong turn.

I haven't taken this road in ages.

They built roads, interchanges...

They've driven me crazy!

What's this?

Never seen this before.

Do you know where we are?

I don't any more.

You're not allowed to smoke,

but you can if you want.

Where are the kibbutzes,

the collective farms?

They were everywhere.

Did the earth swallow them up?

Not even a gas station.

We're running on empty.

That's one plague

the Torah doesn't mention!

I can't see a thing.


Elie, do you hear me?

Menashe here. Do you hear me?

What's going on here?

What is this place?

Elie, talk to me. We lost our way.

What am I going to do now?

Where do I go now?

How do I get home?

Elie, Elie, where are you?

Elie, where are you?


Where am I?

Where am I?


Chronicle of a Present Absentee


Where are you heading?

Arab Liberation Army.

Going to liberate Tiberias.

Tiberias is that way.

Hey, Mister!

- Where are you going?

- Tiberias!

Don't bother. It's been liberated.

What's in that direction?


Hey, brother!

Where to?

- Where you from, brother?

- I'm from Iraq.

Welcome. Have a seat.

People of Galilee,

the hour of liberation has come.

The Israeli Defence Army

is here

to halt the advance

of criminal gangs

falsely calling themselves

a "liberation army".

Residents of Galilee,

lay down your arms

and raise the white flag.

The hour

of your liberation has come.

Rid yourselves of the armed gangs

who are oppressing you,

and help the Israeli Army

to bring peace

to this part of Palestine.

Your Honour, Mr Mayor,

you are required to sign

the official surrender, which states:

"Nazareth unconditionally surrenders

to the Israeli Army.

"All combatants from all Arab states

will surrender to the Army.

"All arms and ammunition will be

surrendered to the Israeli Army.

"The military commander

is authorised

"to sentence any transgressor to death,

at his sole discretion.

"The Mayor will stay in charge

of civil affairs.


"the army is the only jurisdiction

to determine what is civil or military.

"Israel recognises the civil

and equal rights of Nazarenes,

"regardless of race,

language or religion."

Mr Mayor, sign here, please.

What's the date?

July 16th...

Thank you very much, Your Honour.

And now you are kindly requested

to join us for a photo

of this historic moment.


Grand Mufti Husseini, crush them!

With thy sword transfix them!

Victory is ours!

They've been brought to their knees!

An honourable man has two aims:

To die fighting or achieve victory

I want no life

if we're not respected in our land

If our words are not heard

echoing in the world

I shall carry my soul in my palm

tossing it into the cavern of death!

Either a life to gladden

the hearts of friends

Or a death to torture

the hearts of foes.

An announcement

for the residents of Nazareth.

A curfew has been imposed,

as of now

and until further notice.

All transgressions

will be punished.

Attention, attention!

Nazareth has surrendered

to the Israeli Army.

A curfew has been decreed.

A car will take us to the border.

I couldn't find a truck.

Just take essentials.

What about Olga?

Your sister's stuck in Jerusalem.

She'll manage by herself.

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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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