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Capharnaüm

  • Cuba: 07 Feb 2019
Runtime: 131 min
Has Subtitles
GENRES: Drama
Violence, offensive language & drug references
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Winner of the Grand Jury Prize at the Cannes Film Festival, Nadine Labaki's CAPHARNAÜM ("Chaos") tells the story of Zain (Zain al Rafeea), a Lebanese boy who sues his parents for the "crime" of giving him life.

CAPHARNAÜM follows Zain, a gutsy streetwise child as he flees his negligent parents, survives through his wits on the streets, takes care of Ethiopian refugee Rahil (Yordanos Shiferaw) and her baby son, Yonas (Boluwatife Treasure Bankole), being jailed for a crime, and finally, seeks justice in a courtroom.

CAPHARNAÜM was made with a cast of non-professionals playing characters whose lives closely parallel their own. Following her script, Labaki placed her performers in scenes and asked them to react spontaneously with their own words and gestures. When the non-actors's instincts diverged from the written script, Labaki adapted the screenplay to follow them.

While steeped in the quiet routines of ordinary people, CAPHARNAÜM is a film with an expansive palette: without warning it can ignite with emotional intensity, surprise with unexpected tenderness, and inspire with flashes of poetic imagery. Although it is set in the depths of a society's systematic inhumanity, CAPHARNAÜM is ultimately a hopeful film that stirs the heart as deeply as it cries out for action.

OSCAR NOMINEE - Best Foreign Language Film. 

★★★★★ "A social-realist blockbuster - fired by furious compassion and teeming with sorrow, yet strewn with diamond-shards of beauty, wit and hope" - Daily Telegraph

★★★★ "Lebanese filmmaker Nadine Labaki brings an undeniable emotional pull to this harrowing portrait of a poverty-stricken child's fight to survive in the slums of Beirut." - Rolling Stone

★★★★ - Time Out

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