Chronicle of a Disappearance

Dir. Elia Suleiman (1996). Conceived in the warily optimistic aftermath of the Oslo Accords, Elia Suleiman’s first feature concerns his dislocated return to Israel after a dozen years in New York. The movie has no narrative. Events, sometimes reduced to gags, unfold as a distanced series of bada-boom sketches and vaudeville turns; because the deadpan director appears as himself, his movies have elements of psychodrama, as well as silent comedy.
Fri., Oct. 29, 4:30 p.m., 2010

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