Capernaum 15

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DIRECTOR Nadine Labaki
CAST Zain Al Rafeea, Yordanos Shiferaw, Boulwatife Treasure Bankole, Kawthar Al Haddad

An enthralling and emotional film about the life of a struggling boy on the streets of Beirut as he escapes his parents and forms a bond with a toddler.

12-year-old Zain stands up in court and declares that he wishes to sue his parents for bringing him into a world of such suffering and despair. Flashing back, we learn that his family has become overwhelmed – too many kids, not enough love – and that Zain has been living on the streets, forming an unlikely bond with the toddler son of an Ethiopian illegal worker. Winner of the Jury Prize at the 2018 Cannes Film Festival and nominated for an Oscar, this heartbreaking film packs an enthralling and emotional wallop.
(2018 Lebanon / USA 126 mins Subtitled)

In Capernaum, the heartache of the underprivileged is on such interminable display that you feel the physical hurt in your bones. But the manner in which the filmmaker renders these pains somehow doesn’t feel exploitative or gratuitous – there is a nuanced matter-of-factness even in Labaki’s empathy that prevents it to ever become pity. If anything, the co-writer/director seems to know and care about the exact kind of kid she follows in Capernaum, a fighter who has no option but to remain independent, resourceful and tireless at the end of each exhausting day the sun sets on, with no promise of a brighter tomorrow.  Tomris Laffly, RogerEbert.com

Languages: Arabic / Amharic

BBFC advice: Contains strong language, references to child abuse and drug misuse 
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