Kirsten Johnson Carte Blanche: Divine Intervention
Director: Elia Suleiman
Palestine/France / 2002 / 90 min
In Arabic and Hebrew with English Subtitles
Introduced by Johnson
Last streamed on Mon, Feb 8
At the center of the Middle East conflict, hearts beat in tragic-comedy and deadpan irony: a sexy young Palestinian woman defies Israeli soldiers and struts through a checkpoint as if it were the catwalk of a fashion show, Santa Claus is chased up the sun-drenched hills of Nazareth by a gang of knife-wielding school kids, Israeli police use a blindfolded prisoner to provide directions to tourists in Jerusalem, and a female ninja descends from the sky, holding a map of Palestine as her battle shield. These are but a few of the provocative images put forth in this critically acclaimed satire chronicling the absurdities of life and love on both sides of the Palestinian-Israeli border. Elia Suleiman’s Tati-esque film, relying little on dialogue, won the Cannes Jury Prize in 2002.