Elia Suleiman is a Palestinian actor and director, born in 1960. Known for his film Divine Intervention (2002), a modern dramedy about life in occupied Palestine – which earned him the Jury Prize at the Cannes Festival – Suleiman is often compared to Jacques Tati and Buster Keaton, due to his poetic style that blends burlesque with sobriety. A constant presence in major international film festivals, his work has received numerous awards.