It must be heaven – Official Selection

It Must Be Heaven

It Must Be Heaven is a comedy film directed by Elia Suleiman. An entrancing blend of the poignant and the absurd, It Must Be Heaven finds writer-director Elia Suleiman returning to action in peak form. Elia Suleiman travels to different cities and finds unexpected parallels to his homeland of Palestine.

The film was selected to compete for the Jade Jaguar at the 2020 Jade Jaguar Cinema Festival. It was selected for the category of Best Film at the Jade Jaguar Awards, but it was not won.

From award-winning director Elia Suleiman, a comic saga exploring identity, nationality, and belonging. In the film, a man escapes Palestine for a new beginning, only to encounter the same problems as back home. He escapes from Palestine seeking an alternative homeland, only to find that Palestine is trailing behind him. The promise of a new life turns into a comedy of errors: however far he travels, from Paris to New York, something always reminds him of home.

The editing style works the focus on the symbolism and doesn’t have much dialogue then you will have a great time. Most of the scenes posing as symbols for European culture, the situation in the Middle-East, and the lack of a proper home for Palestinians.

It Must Be Heaven
It Must Be Heaven
Elia Suleiman

The filmmaker asks us to makes some comparisons between international scenarios and Palestinian politics. The music and the general keystone cops sequence in Central Park are fabulous. On the whole, the film does a great job of setting expectations and then flipping them for comic effect.

Some of that comes across as parody. There are genuinely funny and delighted moments. It makes the spectator think some more about the absurdity of the modern media and the milking of outrage rather than the more important discourse that we never quite get to.