It Must Be Heaven

It Must Be Heaven is a 2019 internationally co-produced comedy film directed by, written by, and starring, Elia Suleiman.[1] It was selected to compete for the Palme d'Or at the 2019 Cannes Film Festival.[2][3] It was selected as the Palestinian entry for the Best International Feature Film at the 92nd Academy Awards, but it was not nominated.[4]

It Must Be Heaven
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Film poster
Directed byElia Suleiman
Written byElia Suleiman
Produced byÉdouard Weil
Laurine Pelassy
Elia Suleiman
StarringElia Suleiman
Narrated byElia Suleiman
CinematographySofian El Fani
Edited byVéronique Lange
Rectangle Productions
Pallas Film
Nazira Films
Possibles Media
Distributed byLe Pacte
Release date
  • 24 May 2019 (2019-05-24) (Cannes)
Running time
97 minutes


A man escapes Palestine for a new beginning, only to encounter the same problems as back home.



As of October 2021, the film holds a 96% approval rating on review aggregator website Rotten Tomatoes, based on 49 reviews, with an average rating of 7.5/10. The website's critics consensus reads: "An entrancing blend of the poignant and the absurd, It Must Be Heaven finds writer-director Elia Suleiman returning to action in peak form."[5] On Metacritic, the film holds a rating of 69 out of 100, based on 8 reviews, indicating "generally favorable".[6]


At the 2019 Cannes Film Festival, It Must Be Heaven received the FIPRESCI Prize for Best Film In Competition.[7] At Cannes it also received a Special Mention.[8][9]

At the 2019 Brussels International Film Festival (BRIFF), the film was awarded 4,000 € in broadcasting rights in Belgium.[10]

See alsoEdit


  1. ^ "It Must Be Heaven". Cineuropa. Retrieved 24 April 2019.
  2. ^ "Cannes festival 2019: full list of films". The Guardian. Retrieved 18 April 2019.
  3. ^ "The Screenings Guide 2019". 9 May 2019. Retrieved 9 May 2019.
  4. ^ Day, Emma (21 August 2019). "Oscars 2020: Filmmaker Elia Suleiman to represent Palestine in Best Foreign Language Film submission". The National. Retrieved 21 August 2019.
  5. ^ "It Must Be Heaven (2019)". Rotten Tomatoes. Fandango. Retrieved 15 October 2021.
  6. ^ "It Must Be Heaven". Metacritic. CBS Interactive. Retrieved 21 November 2019.
  7. ^ "Cannes: 'It Must Be Heaven' Takes FIPRESCI Critics' Prize". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved 25 May 2019.
  8. ^ "Bong Joon-ho's Parasite Wins the Palme d'Or at Cannes". Variety. Retrieved 26 May 2019.
  9. ^ "Bong Joon-ho's Parasite wins Palme d'Or at Cannes film festival". The Guardian. Retrieved 26 May 2019.
  10. ^ "Awards 2019". BRIFF. 30 June 2019. Retrieved 8 May 2021.

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