It Must Be Heaven

  • IMBH / Ce doit être le paradis (Working title)
All titles (5)
Feature Film | 2018-2019 | Tragicomedy | Canada, France, Germany, Palestine, Turkey

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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 accountantYolaine LavignePossibles Médias
Production accountantValérie DelacheRectangle Productions
Production accountantSéverine BarréRectangle Productions
Assistant production accountantElaine BigrasPossibles Médias
1st ADÉric ChabotNazareth
1st ADJeremy Peter AllenMontréal
1st ADBarbara CanaleParis
2nd ADJulie Gamache-MaherMontréal
2nd ADJeanne TassyParis
2nd ADReem JubranNazareth
3rd ADMarylou WeberParis
3rd ADCarl KouriMontréal
3rd AD FloorAyed FadelNazareth
AD PAMiriam GazmaweNazareth
AD PAMoody KabalawiNazareth
AD PAJulian IsaaqNazareth
AD PAOdai MasriNazareth
AD PADanial NaserNazareth
AD PASuleiman HusseinNazareth
Vfx producerSonia MarquesMontréal
Vfx supervisorThomas DuvalParis
Vfx supervisorÉmilien LazaronMontréal
Director of photographySofian El Fani
1st assistant cameraThomas Handtkel
2nd assistant cameraPaul GüntherALEXA Mini/ ALEXA SXT/ Paris Part
2nd assistant cameraRiyad ShamasNazareth
2nd assistant cameraGerard MartinMontréal
Data wrangler / digital loaderJulie DakwarNazareth
Data wrangler / digital loaderRonald CasseusMontréal
Data wrangler / digital loaderAdrien HeylenParis
Still photographerMaria ZreikNazareth
Still photographerCarole Bethuel
Casting directorMurielle LaferrièreMontréal
Casting directorRichard RousseauParis
Casting directorJuna SuleimanNazareth
Casting assistantLama SuleimanNazareth
Casting assistantMarie-Claude RobitailleMontréal
Extras/bit player castingValérie DiasParis
Extras/bit player castingLama SuleimanNazareth
Extras/bit player castingAmélie CovillardParis
Extras/bit player castingJulie BretonMontréal
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
WardrobePauline JuilleParis
WardrobeChris IssaNazareth
WardrobeVania KhandjianMontréal
WardrobeSaher OkalNazareth
Additional wardrobeIsabelle Savardextras airport Montréal
DirectorElia Suleiman
Script supervisorLaurie MannessierMontréal
Script supervisorElie RezekNazareth
Script supervisorLouise WildemannParis
EditorVéronique Lange
Assistant editorChrystel Alépée
Key/dolly gripGal AltshulerNazareth
Key/dolly gripMorvan OmnesParis
Grip assistantOmer KvashneBest Boy Grip Nazareth
Grip assistantDavid NahmaniNazareth
Grip assistantStéphane PilonMontréal
Grip assistantSteven McMahonBest Boy Grip Montréal
Grip assistantZiv RavivNazareth
Grip assistantLukas NicholMontréal
Grip assistantJulien GérardParis
Rigging gripJeff NicholMontréal
Crane operatorDaniel KaluzkyNazareth
Remote head technicianRoy BibermanNazareth
GafferHabib Ben SalemNazareth & Paris
GafferFrançois LegrisMontréal
Best boyMichael OhayonMontréal
Best boyNicolas KitaiNazareth
Lighting technician / electricianMutaz AyyadNazareth
Lighting technician / electricianJoël Giroux
Lighting technician / electricianJulien BrumauldParis
Lighting technician / electricianHenryk OlkTeil Paris , Technik aus Köln 1 Monat
Lighting technician / electricianPhilippe St-Laurent Lévesque
Lighting technician / electricianConrad Roy
Lighting technician / electricianMyriam PineaultMontréal
Lighting assistantTomer SlotskiNazareth
Key makeup artist/hair stylistGrit Hildenbrand
Assistant makeup artistJomana SalamiNazareth
Assistant makeup artistRasha SuleimanNazareth
Makeup artistJulia Flochextras, Paris
ProducerÉdouard WeilRectangle Productions
ProducerLaurine PelassyRectangle Productions
ProducerElia SuleimanNazira Films
Co-producerThanassis KarathanosPallas Film
Co-producerMartin HampelPallas Film
Co-producerSerge NoëlPossibles Media
Co-producerZeynep Ozbatur AtakanZeynoFilm
Production designerDavid Gaucher
Assistant production designerFrancis GuibetParis
Art directorCaroline AlderMontréal
Art directorMaha HajNazareth
Set decoratorRabia SalifitiNazareth
Set decoratorMary Lynn DeachmanMontréal
Set decoratorMarion Pages-GonzaloParis
Set decoratorElise DebloisMontréal
Assistant set decoratorSameer HawaNazareth
Assistant set decoratorHanna HazanNazareth
Assistant set decoratorAssaf SafuriNazareth
Assistant set decoratorJocelyne St-PierreMontréal
Prop masterOlivier ProulxMontréal
Prop masterFrank PitussiParis
Prop masterVéronique ArcuetteMontréal
Standby propsThéophile FerrierParis
Standby propsBruno La HayeMontréal
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 painterLaure de MiramonMontréal
Scenic painterFrancois TouhasMontréal
Property driverJean SeguraParis
Property driverBruno LapassatetParis
Line producerBaher AgbariyaNazareth
Production managerMichel CroteauMontréal
Production managerHiba SalamehNazareth
Production managerSerge CatoireParis
Post production supervisorMélanie Karlin
Production coordinatorSabine KapsGermany
Production coordinatorBéatrice MoukhaiberMontréal
Assistant production managerMarine BocherRectangle Productions
Assistant production managerNoémie RobertRectangle Productions
Unit managerEric LebeauMontréal
Location managerKarim GhneimNazareth
Location managerVéronique MathieuMontréal
Location managerValentin TourdjmanParis
Set manager/ floor managerJean-François HamelinMontréal
Production secretaryLaetitia DomParis
Assistant location managerFlorent Cassiani-IngoniParis
Production assistantLéo GrignonParis
Set runnerFiras GhrayebNazareth
Production driverFrederic MyreMontréal
Production driverWalter DiazMontréal
Utility driverMaxime Péladeau-MercierMontréal
Utility driverKhaled Abu LeilNazareth
ScreenwriterElia Suleiman
Production sound mixerKai HesselbarthVertretung für eine Woche in Nazaret
Production sound mixerJohannes Doberenz
Boom operatorKai Hesselbarth
Boom operatorIbrahim ZaherNazareth
Sound re-recording mixerLars Ginzel
Stunt coordinatorTyler HallMontréal
Stunt coordinatorVictor FranciscoParis
Stunt driverRaphaël ChiquetBiker Paris
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
2020USAPalm Springs International Film FestivalAwards Buzz: Best International Feature Film nominiert
2019South KoreaBusan International Film FestivalSektion: Icons
2019FranceFestival de CannesSélection officielle - Compétition
2019GermanyInt. Fünf Seen FilmfestivalReihe: Panorama
2019CanadaToronto International Film Festival (TIFF)Masters

TV-broadcast

TypeCountryStationDate / TimeComment
RepeatBelgiumBe TV [be]Saturday, 03/10/2020, 6.50 PMBe Ciné

Cinema

TypeCountryDateComment
Theatre releaseGermanyThursday, 16/01/2020
Theatre releaseFranceWednesday, 04/12/2019
PremiereFriday, 24/05/2019Festival de Cannes [fr]