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Cinema CNC Film Festival kicks off with It Must be Heaven

Cinema CNC presents It Must Be Heaven March 13 at 7 p.m. at the Prince George Playhouse. It’s one of eight movies that will be presented during the Cinema CNC Film Festival, running March 13-15. 

It Must Be Heaven 
Director: Elia Suleiman 
Arabic, English, French w/ English subtitles 101 minutes 
Principal Cast: Elia Suleiman, Gael García Bernal 
A church in Nazareth with a door that won’t open. A deserted Paris. A New York supermarket with as many guns as fresh produce.
In his fifth feature — which garnered a Jury Special Mention at Cannes 2019 — Elia Suleiman, a famed figure in Palestinian cinema, explores the world with his trademark, wide-eyed wonder — one that, here, belies an incisive critique of nationalism and identity. 
Suleiman once again stars in his own film, personally investigating the meanings of being in exile and in search of a home. Opening in his native Palestine before moving to Paris and then New York, It Must Be Heaven comprises comedic vignettes, some darker than others. Suleiman embellishes small details in each, his style edging ever closer to the surreal, in an attempt to capture the experience of a perpetual outsider, and to suggest that normality is highly circumstantial — and often absurd.
He also points to how biases in the real world are equally present in the film world, as It Must Be Heaven loosely follows Suleiman’s quest to get his film funded with one French producer telling Suleiman his idea “isn’t Palestinian enough.” 
With a screen presence that has been compared to Buster Keaton’s, Suleiman lends a detached bemusement to his observation of the minute oddities of daily life — which, when reflected on, reveal so much more than most would like to admit. 

Festival: $48 [8 films]
Friday: $14 [2 films]
Saturday: $21 [3 films]
Sunday: $21 [3 films]

Available at Books and Company, the CNC Bookstore, and the UNBC Bookstore.

Single tickets: $8

Available at the door
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