Elia Suleiman, Cannes-Winning Director Of Palestine Oscar Entry ‘It Must Be Heaven’, Signs With CAA – Toronto

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Exclusive: CAA has inked Palestinian filmmaker Elia Suleiman, whose fifth film It Must Be Heaven won the Jury Special Mention and Fipresci Critics’ Award at last May’s Cannes Film Festival, and will make its North American premiere at Tiff on Sept. 12.

It Must Be Heaven, which is Palestine’s entry for the Best Foreign Language Film at the 92nd Academy Awards, is comprised of comic vignettes set in Paris, Nazareth, and New York. The pic investigates the meanings of being in exile, and the absurdities of nationalism, normality, and identity: A church in Nazareth with a door that won’t open. A deserted Paris. A New York supermarket with as many guns as fresh produce.

It Must Be Heaven is repped by CAA Media Finance and Wild Bunch for the U.S. rights.

Suleiman’s best-known work, Divine Intervention, won the Jury Prize and International Critics Prize at the
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