Chronicle of a Disappearance

  • 88'
  • Israel
  • 1996
After living in New York for many years, Palestinian filmmaker Elia Suleiman returned to Israel in the early 1990s. He used his position as half-insider, half-outsider to analyse the extent to which the Arab population of Israel is losing its national identity.
In a witty, ironic mix of narrative, documentary and autobiography, we meet the urban Arab middle class: a retired man who plays computer games while smoking a shisha, two bored men filling bottles of 'holy water' from the tap, and a young woman looking for an apartment. All this while grotesque Israeli police cars zoom around looking for terrorists.
Elia Suleiman is at the same time director and protagonist, and also plays roles as a character and a viewer, a mediator and narrator - like the film itself, he moves between documentary, fiction, past memories and the present. The film competed in the Tiger Awards Competition in 1997.
Director
Elia Suleiman
Country of production
Israel
Production Year
1996
Festival Edition
IFFR 2014
Length
88'
Medium
35mm
Original title
Segell ikhtifa
Languages
Arabic, Hebrew, French, English
Producers
Amir Assaf, Elia Suleiman
Production Company
Dhat Productions
Sales
Pyramide International
Screenplay
Elia Suleiman
Cinematography
Marc-André Batigne
Editor
Anna Ruiz
Production Design
Samir Srouji, Hans Ter Elst
Sound Design
Stéphane Brunclair
Cast
Elia Suleiman, Ola Tabari