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The Time That Remains Details


Actor, screenwriter, and director Elia Suleiman presents a handful of autobiographical short stories that offer a witty but thoughtful perspective on the place of Palestinians in Israel (and his own role in the nation) in this comedy drama. Inspired by the journals kept by Suleiman's father, the first episode takes place in 1948, as the Arab resistance movement begins to crumble, though Fuad Suleiman (Saleh Bakri) is determined to keep up the fight. By 1970, Fuad has lost his idealism and believes Palestine is destined to live in Israel's shadow, while his son Elia (Zuhair Abu Hanna) is being punished for calling the United States colonialists before the teacher. A few years later, Elia (Ayman Espanioli) has a brush with more powerful authorities, who attempt to toss him out of Israel on a minor offense. Finally, Elia (Elia Suleiman) returns home to look after his elderly mother (Samar Qudha Tanus) and discovers how little has changed, as many of his old friends have been warming the same barstools since he left. The Time That Remains is Suleiman's third film about Israel's relationship with Palestinians, following Samar Qudha Tanus and Samar Qudha Tanus. ~ Mark Deming, Rovi

  • Release date:January 7, 2011


Elia Suleiman
as E.S.
Saleh Bakri
as Fuad
Tarak Kopty
as The Neighbor
Leila Muammar
as Thuraya
Yasmine Haj
as Nadia
Amer Hlehel
as Anis
George Khleifi
as Mayor


Elia Suleiman
Elia Suleiman
Michael Gentile
Elia Suleiman
Marc André Batigne
Véronique Lange
Avi Kleinberger
Avi Kleinberger
Associate Producer
Joslyn Barnes
Associate Producer
Danny Glover
Associate Producer
Sharif Waked
Set Designer
Judy Shrewsbury
Costume Designer
Christian Monheim
Sound/Sound Designer
Pierre Mertens
Sound/Sound Designer
Jerome Borenstein
First Assistant Director
Jacques Royer
Production Manager
Jacques Royer
Line Producer