Elia Suleiman lived in New York from 1981 to 1993. While in the United States, he has directed his first two short films: Introduction to the End of an Argument and Homage by Assassination, winning numerous awards.
In 1994, he settled down in Jerusalem, where the European Commission had entrusted him with the mission of creating a Film and Media Department at Birzeit University. His essays and articles have been published in English, Arabic and French. His first feature film, Chronicle of a Disappearance, won the Best First Film Prize at the 1996 Venice Film Festival.
In 2002, Divine Intervention won the Jury Prize at the Cannes Film Festival and the Best Foreign Film Award at the European Awards in Rome.
Often compared to Tati and Keaton, Elia Suleiman handles burlesque and sobriety with the same poetic sense.https://egs.edu/biography/elia-suleiman/