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FILM OPENS: February 01, 2019

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Lebanese director/co-writer Nadine Labaki's Jury Prize-winning drama revolves around Zain (Zain Al Rafeea), a 12-year-old boy who decides to sue his parents for bringing him into the world. Born into urban squalor and a hard life on the streets of Beirut, Zain is already serving a five-year sentence, for stabbing the man who bought his 11-year-old sister's hand in marriage, and his case against his parents reveals grim details about a home life that is far more troublesome than originally thought.

  • Director: Nadine Labaki
  • Country: Lebanon
  • Genre: Drama
  • Year: 2018
  • Run Time: 02:01:00
  • imdb Score: 8.3/10 (4,228 votes)
  • Language: Arabic, Amharic
  • Rating: Not Rated
  • Cast: Ghida Majzoub, Kawthar Al Haddad, Boluwatife Treasure Bankole, Nadine Labaki
"CAPERNAUM, a sprawling tale wrenched from real life, goes beyond the conventions of documentary or realism into a mode of representation that doesn’t quite have a name. It’s a fairy tale and an opera, a potboiler and a news bulletin, a howl of protest and an anthem of resistance."
A.O. Scott - THE NEW YORK TIMES

"[Labaki] finds a magically resonant space between documentary-like vibe and dramatic performance that honors the characters’ inherent humanity while memorably framing the wretched circumstances that dictate their actions. ."
Robert Abele - LOS ANGELES TIMES

"For all of its brutal, raw force, Labaki’s excellent film is tough sledding — a sucker punch that lands with the emotional force of Dickens relocated to the slums of the modern-day Middle East. It leaves a bruise."
Chris Nashawaty - ENTERTAINMENT WEEKLY

AWARDS

Academy Awards 2019
Best Foreign Film

Cannes Film Festival 2018
Jury Prize - Best Director

Melbourne Int'l Film Festival 2018
Best Narrative Feature

Norwegian Int'l Film Festiva 2018
Best Film

Calgary Int'l Film Festiva 2018
Best Narrative Feature

Sarajevo Film Festival 2018
Best Feature Film

Mill Valley Film Festival 2018
World Cinema

Hockney at Royal Academy 2018
Best Director

Festival Int'l du cinema francophone en Acadie 2018
Best Film

Montréal Festival of New Cinema 2018
Best Director

St. Louis International Film Festival 2018
Best International Film

Stockholm Film Festival 2018
Best Film

Washington DC Area Film Critics Association Awards 2018
Best Foreing Language Film

São Paulo International Film Festival 2018
Best Film and Foreing Film

Asia Pacific Screen Awards 2018
Achievement in Directing

Ghent International Film Festival 2018
Best director

Antalya Golden Orange Film Festival 2018
Best Film and Actor

New Mexico Film Critics 2018
Best Young Actror

FESTIVALS

Toronto Int'l Film Festival 2018

New Zealand Int'l Film Festival 2018

New Horizons Film Festival 2018

Atlantic Film Festival 2018

Zurich Film Festival 2018

Vancouver Int'l Film Festival 2018

Busan Int'l Film Festival 2018

Adelaide Film Festival 2018

London Film Festival 2018

Virginia Film Festival 2018

Leeds Int'l Film Festival 2018