One of the most renowned directors from the Arab world, Elia Suleiman is attending Sarajevo in his role as Artistic Advisor to Doha Film Institute (DFI), an independent not-for-profit cultural organisation in Qatar that promotes global filmmaking. DFI and Sarajevo Film Festival have entered into a strategic alliance to showcase specially curated films, provide industry exchange and strengthen connections between Arab and European cinema.
The multi-talented award winning director has received numerous international accolades for his films including honours at the Cannes, Venice and Rome film festivals. Elia Suleiman has participated in various international festivals as a jury member and has served as guest lecturer at renowned universities, and cultural institutions around the world.
A renowned icon of contemporary cinema, Suleiman has received numerous international accolades for his films. His feature-length films are The Time that Remains (2009), which was selected for the Official Competition at the Cannes Film Festival and won the Black Pearl Award for Best Middle Eastern Narrative Film at the 2009 Abu Dhabi Film Festival; Divine Intervention (2002), which won the Jury Prize and the International Film Critics Prize (FIPRESCI) at Cannes and the Best Foreign Film Prize at the European Awards in Rome. Chronicle of a Disappearance (1996) won the Best First Film Prize at the Venice Film Festival. His latest short DIARY OF A BEGINNER, part of a collective feature 7 DAYS IN HAVANA screened at the 2012 Cannes Film Festival Un Certain Regard official selection.