by Elia Suleiman

Selected in the Official Competition of the 2009 Cannes Film Festival
Selected in the Official Selection of the 2009 Toronto Film Festival

Date of release 12 août 2009 (France) – 11 septembre 2009 (Belgique)
Length 1h45
Genre Chronique familiale
Director Elia Suleiman
Writer Elia Suleiman
Cast Elia Suleiman, Bilal Zidani, Saleh Bakri, Leila Mouammar, Yasmine Haj, Amer Hlehel, Nina Jarjoura, George Khleifi.
Producer Michael Gentile
Co-producer Nazira Films, Corniche Pictures, France 3 cinéma, Artemis (Belgique), Bim (Italie)



THE TIME THAT REMAINS is a semi-biographical film, in four episodes, about a family, my family, from 1948 until recent times. The film is inspired by my father’s private diaries, starting from when he was a resistance fighter in 1948, and by my mother’s letters to family members who were forced to leave the country since that time. Combined with my intimate memories of them and with them, the film attempts to portray the daily life of those Palestinians who remained and were labeled “Israeli-Arabs”, living as a minority in their own homeland.




Director of photography Marc-André Batigne
Line producer Jacques Royer
Line producer Palestine Avi Kleinberger
Location production manager Wajdy Odeh
1st assistant director Jérôme BorensteinAvichai Henig
2nd assistant director Robyn GlaserKeira Byk
Sound engineer Pierre MertensChristian Monheim
Costume designer Judy Shrewsbury
Art director Sharif Waked
Make-up artist Sigalit Grau