Like a meditative Jacques Tati, Elia Suleiman plays
the protagonist E.S. in this thought provoking absurdist comedy
about Palestinian identity, E.S. returns to the land of his birth
in an attempt to find his roots. But his journey becomes a search
for roots by a man whose culture has been uprooted. The film explores
the effects of ghettoization and marginalization on the Palestinian
psyche. E.S. experiences the rift between his native place and himself.
He begins to inquire into his sense of belonging, his role as the
insider/outsider. From the director of Divine Intervention.
“Unique and formally exquisite. Mesmerizing,
often very funny. The people onscreen seem to be waiting for something
that never comes. Depicts the surreal cultural and political powerlessness
of a young, politically-aware generation of Palestinians.”
NEW DIRECTORS/NEW FILMS
Luigi De Laurentiis Prize, Best First Feature Film, Venice Film