drama | R | 2hr 03min

Opening at GFC: 02/15/2019

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Winner of the Grand Jury Prize at the 2019 Cannes Film Festival, director Nadine Labaki's CAPERNAUM ("Chaos") tells the story of Zain (Zain al Rafeea), a Lebanese boy who sues his parents for the "crime" of giving him life. As he flees his negligent parents, Zain survives through his wits on the streets, takes care of Ethiopian refugee Rahil (Yordanos Shiferaw) and her baby son, Yonas (Boluwatife Treasure Bankole), is jailed for a crime, and finally, seeks justice in a courtroom.

CAPERNAUM 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, CAPERNAUM is ultimately a hopeful film that stirs the heart as deeply as it cries out for action.

This film is in Arabic language with English subtitles on screen.


Zain Al Rafeea, Yordanos Shiferaw, Boluwatife Treasure Bankole

Directed By:

Nadine Labaki

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