CAPERNAUM
Narrative Feature | 120 minutes

HIFF 2018

Spotlight

This film played at HIFF 2018
on 10/6/2018 and 10/7/2018
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Directed By
Nadine Labaki

Produced By
Khaled Mouzanar
Michel Merkt

Written By
Nadine Labaki
Jihad Hojeily
Michelle Kesrouani
Georges Khabbaz
Khaled Mouzanar

Featuring
Zain Al Rafeea
Yordanos Shiferaw
Boluwatife Treasure Bankole
Kawthar Al Haddad
Fadi Youssef


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US Premiere

2018 | Arabic | Lebanon

Scraping by on the chaotic streets of Beirut, 12-year-old Zain (Zain al Rafeea) is one of many children born into an uncertain future in the city’s slum. Living a deeply troubled home life and branded the sole caretaker of an abandoned toddler, Zain makes the desperate move of suing his negligent parents for giving him life and trapping him in a hostile world. Utilizing a cast of non-professional actors (including two revelatory performances from its child leads), Lebanese director Nadine Labaki’s Cannes Jury Prize winner is a stirring slice of social-realist protest cinema, driven equally by righteous anger and enduring empathy, and sure to be one of the most talked about films of the year.

> Selected as Lebanon’s official entry for the Best Foreign Language Film Oscar®