It Must Be Heaven

  • IMBH (aka Ce doit être le paradis) (Working title)
All titles (4)
Feature Film | 2018-2019 | Tragicomedy | Canada, France, Germany, Palestine, Turkey

Trailers/Videos

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Brief synopsis

Elia Suleiman, the central character and narrator, escapes from Palestine seeking an alternative homeland, only to realize that Palestine is always there, just behind him. The promise of a new life soon turns into a comedy of errors. However far he travels, from Paris to New York or Doha, something reminds him home: the police, border controls and racism are never far away… And while he does everything he can to integrate into a new society, trying to erase the traces of his nationality, everyone constantly reminds him of where he has come from. As he wanders and wonders, through searching and self-searching, Elia Suleiman asks the fundamental question: where can we truly call home? From award-winning director Elia Suleiman, a burlesque saga exploring identity, nationality and belonging… in which humour brings new hope for others and for Suleiman himself.
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Cast

ActorRole nameVoice actor / SpeakerVoice actor
Elia SuleimanElia Suleiman [L]
Gael Garcia BernalHimself [GS]
Tarik KoptyNeighbour - Father (Nazareth) [SR]
Kareem GhneimNeighbour - Son (Nazareth) [SR]
George KhleifiWaiter (Nazareth) [SR]
Ali SulimanBrother in the restaurant (Nazareth) [SR]
Fares MuqabaaBrother in the restaurant (Nazareth) [SR]
Yasmine HajSister in the restaurant (Nazareth) [SR]
Nael KanjBishop (Nazareth) [SR]
Asmaa AzaiBedouin (Nazareth) [SR]
Grégoire ColinMan in the Metro (Paris) [SR]
Vincent MaravalProducer (Paris) [SR]
Claire DumasParamedic (Paris) [SR]
Antoine CholetParamedic (Paris) [SR]
Éric CornetHomeless man (Paris) [SR]
Yumi NaritaJapanese woman (Paris) [SR]
Kengo SaitoJapanese man (Paris) [SR]
Stephen McHattieFortune-teller (New York City) [SR]
Raïa HaïdarFemen (New York City) [SR]
Fadi SakrMaître de cérémonie (New York City) [SR]
Kwasi SonguTaxi driver (New York City) [SR]
Guy SprungProfessor (New York City) [SR]
Nancy GrantProducer (New York City) [SR]
Alain DahanAirport security officer [SR]
Natascha WieseGirl

Crew

ActivityNameComment
Production accountantValérie DelacheRectangle Productions
Production accountantSéverine BarréRectangle Productions
Production accountantYolaine LavignePossibles Médias
Assistant production accountantElaine BigrasPossibles Médias
1st ADÉric ChabotNazareth
1st ADBarbara CanaleParis
1st ADJeremy Peter AllenMontréal
2nd ADReem JubranNazareth
2nd ADJeanne TassyParis
2nd ADJulie Gamache-MaherMontréal
3rd ADMarylou WeberParis
3rd ADCarl KouriMontréal
3rd AD FloorAyed FadelNazareth
AD PAOdai MasriNazareth
AD RunnerSuleiman HusseinNazareth
AD RunnerMoody KabalawiNazareth
AD RunnerDanial NaserNazareth
AD RunnerMiriam GazmaweNazareth
AD RunnerJulian IsaaqNazareth
Director of photographySofian El Fani
1st assistant cameraThomas HandtkeNazareth, Paris, Montreal
2nd assistant cameraGerard MartinMontréal
2nd assistant cameraRiyad ShamasNazareth
2nd assistant cameraPaul GüntherALEXA Mini/ ALEXA SXT/ Paris Part
Data wrangler / digital loaderRonald CasseusMontréal
Data wrangler / digital loaderAdrien HeylenParis
Data wrangler / digital loaderJulie DakwarNazareth
Still photographerCarole Bethuel
Still photographerMaria ZreikNazareth
Casting directorMurielle LaferrièreMontréal
Casting directorRichard RousseauParis
Casting directorJuna SuleimanNazareth
Casting assistantMarie-Claude RobitailleMontréal
Casting assistantLama SuleimanNazareth
Extras/bit player castingAmélie CovillardParis
Extras/bit player castingValérie DiasParis
Extras/bit player castingJulie BretonMontréal
Extras/bit player castingLama SuleimanNazareth
Extras/bit player castingMarine Pedeboscqassistante, Paris
Costume designerAlexia Crisp Jones
Costume designerÉric PoirierMontréal
Assistant costume designerIrène BernaudParis
Key costumerMarie-Noëlle KlisWardrobe Mistress Montréal
WardrobeMarie-Claude DextradeurKey Dresser Montréal
WardrobeSaher OkalNazareth
WardrobePauline JuilleParis
WardrobeVania KhandjianMontréal
WardrobeChris IssaNazareth
Additional wardrobeIsabelle Savardextras airport Montréal
DirectorElia Suleiman
Script supervisorLouise WildemannParis
Script supervisorLaurie MannessierMontréal
Script supervisorElie RezekNazareth
EditorVéronique Lange
Assistant editorChrystel Alépée
Key/dolly gripMorvan OmnesParis
Key/dolly gripGal AltshulerNazareth
Grip assistantOmer KvashneBest Boy Grip Nazareth
Grip assistantZiv RavivNazareth
Grip assistantDavid NahmaniNazareth
Grip assistantJulien GérardParis
Grip assistantStéphane PilonMontréal
Grip assistantLukas NicholMontréal
Grip assistantSteven McMahonBest Boy Grip Montréal
Rigging gripJeff NicholMontréal
Crane operatorDaniel KaluzkyNazareth
Remote head technicianRoy BibermanNazareth
GafferFrançois LegrisMontréal
GafferHabib Ben SalemNazareth & Paris
Best boyMichael OhayonMontréal
Best boyNicolas KitaiNazareth
ElectricianConrad Roy
ElectricianJoël Giroux
ElectricianPhilippe St-Laurent Lévesque
ElectricianJulien BrumauldParis
ElectricianMyriam PineaultMontréal
ElectricianMutaz AyyadNazareth
ElectricianHenryk OlkTeil Paris , Technik aus Köln 1 Monat
Lighting assistantTomer SlotskiNazareth
Key makeup artist/hair stylistGrit Hildenbrand
Assistant makeup artistJomana SalamiNazareth
Assistant makeup artistRasha SuleimanNazareth
Makeup artistJulia Flochextras, Paris
ProducerElia SuleimanNazira Films
ProducerÉdouard WeilRectangle Productions
ProducerLaurine PelassyRectangle Productions
Co-producerMartin HampelPallas Film
Co-producerZeynep Ozbatur AtakanZeynoFilm
Co-producerThanassis KarathanosPallas Film
Co-producerSerge NoëlPossibles Media
Production designerDavid Gaucher
Assistant production designerFrancis GuibetParis
Art directorCaroline AlderMontréal
Art directorMaha HajNazareth
Set decoratorMary Lynn DeachmanMontréal
Set decoratorElise DebloisMontréal
Set decoratorMarion Pages-GonzaloParis
Set decoratorRabia SalifitiNazareth
Assistant set decoratorAssaf SafuriNazareth
Assistant set decoratorSameer HawaNazareth
Assistant set decoratorHanna HazanNazareth
Assistant set decoratorJocelyne St-PierreMontréal
Prop masterOlivier ProulxMontréal
Prop masterVéronique ArcuetteMontréal
Prop masterFrank PitussiParis
Standby propsBruno La HayeMontréal
Standby propsThéophile FerrierParis
Standby propsHilal JabareenNazareth
Art department coordinatorAnnette BelangerMontréal
Assistent stand by propmanSarah Rose Buchanan1st Assisstant, Montréal
Assistent stand by propmanJessica Surendorff2nd Assistant, Montréal
Picture car coordinatorEric BraisMontréal
Location scoutAlexandre BlochParis
Location scoutDimitri ChalazonitisParis
Scenic painterFrancois TouhasMontréal
Scenic painterLaure de MiramonMontréal
Property driverJean SeguraParis
Property driverBruno LapassatetParis
Line producerBaher AgbariyaNazareth
Unit production managerSerge CatoireParis
Unit production managerHiba SalamehNazareth
Unit production managerMichel CroteauMontréal
Post production supervisorMélanie Karlin
Production coordinatorSabine KapsGermany
Production coordinatorBéatrice MoukhaiberMontréal
Assistant production managerMarine BocherRectangle Productions
Assistant production managerNoémie RobertRectangle Productions
Unit managerEric LebeauMontréal
Unit managerValentin TourdjmanParis
Location managerVéronique MathieuMontréal
Location managerKarim GhneimNazareth
Assistant location managerFlorent Cassiani-IngoniParis
Set manager/ floor managerJean-François HamelinMontréal
Production secretaryLaetitia DomParis
Production assistantLéo GrignonParis
Set runnerFiras GhrayebNazareth
Production driverFrederic MyreMontréal
Production driverWalter DiazMontréal
Utility driverKhaled Abu LeilNazareth
Utility driverMaxime Péladeau-MercierMontréal
ScreenwriterElia Suleiman
Production sound mixerJohannes Doberenz
Production sound mixerKai HesselbarthVertretung für eine Woche in Nazaret
Boom operatorKai Hesselbarth
Boom operatorIbrahim ZaherNazareth
Sound re-recording mixerLars Ginzel
Stunt coordinatorVictor FranciscoParis
Stunt coordinatorTyler HallMontréal
Stunt driverRaphaël ChiquetBiker Paris
Vfx producerSonia MarquesMontréal
Vfx supervisorThomas DuvalParis
Vfx supervisorÉmilien LazaronMontréal
Animal trainerPascal TréguyParis
Caterer (cook on set)Adham ZayadNazareth
Personal assistantSophia HarbNazareth

Distributing companies

CompanyComment
Le Pacte [fr]France (theatrical)
Maison 4:3 [ca]Canada (theatrical)
Neue Visionen Filmverleih GmbH [de]Germany
Wild Bunch [fr]International Sales

Facilities

DepartmentCompanyComment
Cameras and UtilitiesARRI Rental Deutschland GmbH
Cameras and UtilitiesGriffin Higher Photography [il]Drone Nazareth
Cameras and UtilitiesMTL Grandé Camera [ca]Montréal
Cameras and UtilitiesperDU.film GbRRental.
Cameras and UtilitiesUtopia Camera Service [il]Tel-Aviv
GripGriffin Higher Photography [il]Drone Operator Nazareth
Production ServicesAmbr Ltd [il]Nazareth
Production ServicesMajdal Production Ltd. [il]Nazareth

Awards

Award winnerYearAwardCategory 
Elia Suleiman2019Festival de Cannes [fr]Mention spécialeWinner
Elia Suleiman2019Festival de Cannes - Prix Fipresci [fr]Winner

Festivals

YearCountryFestivalComment
2019South KoreaBusan International Film FestivalSektion: Icons
2019FranceFestival de CannesSélection officielle - Compétition
2019GermanyInt. Fünf Seen FilmfestivalReihe: Panorama
2019CanadaToronto International Film Festival (TIFF)Masters

Cinema

TypeCountryDateComment
Theatre releaseFranceWednesday, 04/12/2019
PremiereFriday, 24/05/2019Festival de Cannes [fr]