Elia Suleiman masterclass
The multi-award winning Palestinian-Israeli director discusses his unique film career.
Last Modified: 14 Jan 2010 09:15 GMT

The films of Palestinian-Israeli director Elia Suleiman are unique in the Middle East.

In Chronicles of a Disappearance and Divine Intervention he took the key images of the conflict and used his dark, bleak humour to subvert our audience expectations and deliver instead a psychological and existential commentary on being Palestinian - both in Israel and the Occupied Territories.

Saleh Bakri plays Suleiman's father, a resistance fighter, in The Time That Remains
For years, Suleiman listened to the stories of his father, a resistance fighter back in the 1940s. Finally, he asked him to write them down in a diary. And now, he has made a great new film based on those diaries.

The Time That Remains, set in Nazareth, the largest Arab town in Israel, depicts the experiences of Palestinians who chose to remain as a minority in their homeland after the Israeli state was declared in 1948.

Suleiman makes an onscreen appearance in his trademark, taciturn comic persona in this film that was nominated for the top award at the Cannes film festival.

In this Fabulous Picture Show masterclass special, Amanda Palmer and the multi-award winning director discuss his unique film career - from being influenced by comic greats like Buster Keaton and Jacques Tati, his unique non-narrative style of film-making, to the difficulties he has faced trying to film an exploding Israeli tank.

This episode of The Fabulous Picture Show can be seen from Thursday, January 14, at the following times GMT: Thursday: 0600, 1630; Friday: 0130, 0830; Saturday: 1130, 2330; Sunday: 0630, 2030; Monday: 1430; Tuesday: 1930; Wednesday: 0300.

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