Elia Suleiman

President of the Jury, Director (Palestine)

Elia Suleiman
Palestinian director Elia Suleiman was born in Nazareth. He directed his first two widely awarded short films INTRODUCTION TO THE END OF AN ARGUMENT and HOMAGE BY ASSASSINATION while living in New York from 1981 to 1993. 
His debut feature film CHRONICLE OF A DISAPPEARANCE won the Best First Film Prize at the 1996 Venice Film Festival. In 2002, DIVINE INTERVENTION won the Jury Prize and the FIPRESCI International Critics Prize of the Cannes Film Festival as well as the Best Foreign Film Prize at the European Awards in Rome. In 2007, he was selected among 35 directors who contributed to a collective film TO EACH HIS OWN CINEMA produced to honor the 60th anniversary of the Cannes Film Festival. His last feature THE TIME THAT REMAINS was screened in the official competition selection of the 2009 Cannes Film Festival. 2012 Suleiman completed a short film DIARY OF A BEGINNER for inclusion in the collective feature 7 DAYS IN HAVANA. The film was selected for the official Un Certain Regard program of the Cannes Film Festival.
Elia Suleiman is currently serving as artistic advisor for the Doha Film Institute and is preparing his next feature film.