Doha Film Institute

The Time That Remains

DFI Cinema - Doha Film Institute

Elia Suleiman / France, Belgium, Palestine, United Kingdom / 2009 / 105 min / Colour / DCP / In Arabic, Hebrew / Arabic, English subtitles
Themes : Drama, History
Rated: Parental guidance is advised for viewers under the age of 13. Individuals under the age of 13 are not admitted into cinemas unless accompanied by an individual aged 18 or older.


Fuad, a gunsmith, witnesses the destruction in Nazareth after the Israeli takeover in 1948. Years later, his son Elia grows up defiant of the Israeli occupation and has trouble accepting the change.

This screening will be followed by a Q&A with the filmmaker.


Elia Suleiman

Born in Nazareth in 1960, Palestinian filmmaker and Doha Film Institute’s Artistic Advisor, Elia Suleiman, directed his first two short films while living in New York between 1981-1993. In 1994, Suleiman returned to Jerusalem to create a Film and Media Department at Birzeit University. His feature debut, ‘Chronicle of a Disappearance’, won the Best First Film award at the 1996 Venice Film Festival. In 2002, ‘Divine Intervention ’won the Jury Prize at the Cannes Film Festival and the Best Foreign Film prize at the European Awards in Rome. His feature, ‘The Time That Remains’, screened in competition at the 2009 Cannes Film Festival. His latest feature, ‘It Must Be Heaven’, screened in competition at the 2019 Cannes Film Festival and was the Winner of the Jury Special Mention and FIPRESCI Critics ’Award. Suleiman was awarded the European Achievement in World Cinema Award at the 35th European film awards ceremony in Reykjavik in December 2022.


Elia Suleiman
Michael Gentile
Marc Andrie Batigne
Veronique Lange
Elia Suleiman, Saleh Bakri, Samar Qudha Tanus, Shafika Bajjali, Tarek Qubti, Zuhair Abu Hanna, Ayman Espanioli