Winner of the Jury Prize at Cannes Film Festival and nominated for Best Foreign Language Film at the Academy Awards, Capharnaüm is an unforgettable, all-consuming heartbreaker told from the streets of Beirut. Using a cast of non-professional actors, director Nadine Labiki follows the story of Zain (Zain al Rafeea), a 12-year-old Lebanese boy who sues his negligent parents for the “crime” of giving him life. Streetwise and self-sufficient, Zain relies on his wits to survive, befriending an Ethiopian refugee (Yordanos Shiferaw) and her son, trying to evade arrest and, finally, coming to terms with his parents’ absence.
Why You Should See This Film
Receiving a well deserved 15-minute standing ovation upon its Cannes premiere, Capharnaüm manages to express the volatility and rough-and-ready horror of street life in Beirut without ever being patronising or degrading. Steeped in the tender familiarity of ordinary people but rendered with an expansive palette, this film stirs the heart as it calls for action.
- Year: 2018
- Rating: M
- Director: Nadine Labiki
- Cast: Zain Al Rafeea, Yordanos Shiferaw, Boluwatife Treasure Bankole
- Duration: 126 minutes
- Language: Arabic and Amharic with English subtitles