It Must Be Heaven

In Retrospect. Just as he brings his heritage with him wherever he goes, so too does he carry his creative point-of-view. Share this Share this Palestinian filmmaker Elia Suleiman goes in search of parallels to his homeland in this charming road movie.“Nazareth” and “I am Palestinian” are the only words spoken aloud by ES, the Buster Keaton-ish alter ego portrayed by writer/director Elia Suleiman in It Must Be Heaven, and they’re not chosen idly. Suleiman is an exotic creature in New York, where this conversation takes place, a stranger in…

Elia Suleiman: ‘I was a street kid who became a bum – but a thinking bum’

Thankfully, the film has a few more gags than the rhetoric I’m spinning just now. But Keaton, Tati, all those references, I only caught up with them after I started making my own films. It Must Be Heaven was still turned down by several festivals, perhaps because they thought the Nazareth section was too short and maybe there wasn’t enough action. Read the LWLies Recommends review. Inevitably, you lose your family, you lose your connection to the place you’re from, then you start to feel that you’ve reinvented yourself as…

Nicolas Cage goes searching for his porcine pal in the Pig trailer

The actor must get a lot of scripts – and due to fiscal constraints in his own life, he takes on more of them than most – but it’s impossible to predict which ones will pique his interest and make it to theaters. A friend with advance screener access mentioned to me that the film focuses on the darker side of the haute-cuisine industry in a more grounded capacity, rather than being the out-there midnight-movie oddity the public may have presumed. But the trailer isn’t in the accented, borderline phantasmagorical…