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8th edition: 10 April - 14 April 2019

Capharnaüm (Capernaum) (2019 Feature Film)

Nadine Labaki | Lebanon | 2018 | color | DCP | 123' | Arabic | e.s.

Twelve-year-old Zain is growing up without any hopes for the future in a crowded, dilapidated apartment in Beirut. After running away from home following a crisis, he finds shelter with an ‘illegal’ Ethiopian who takes him on to look after her baby. An energetic, poignant portrait of the expanding ‘precariat’ in this Lebanese metropolis

The doctor thinks Zain is about twelve years old, but nobody knows for sure; he wasn’t registered at birth. And this is not the only pretty basic thing missing from the chaotic lives of Zain and his younger brothers and sisters: they also lack a habitable home, sufficient food, protection, love. So Zain takes his parents to court. His complaint: that they brought him into the world.

Using the court case as a framework, we learn how it came to this in two long flashbacks. In an energetic montage of observationally filmed scenes, Capharnaüm examines – in part through the problems of an ‘illegal’ Ethiopian cleaner who shelters Zain when he runs away from home – the fate of the large group of undocumented people trying to survive in and around Beirut. Street-savvy and wise beyond his years, the sad gaze of young lead Zain Al Rafeaa betrays his real-life experiences as a Syrian refugee in the Lebanese metropolis.

Place: The Cinemas 1

Date: 10 April 2019

Time: 19:00

Duration: 1:32

Place: The Cinemas 2

Date: 10 April 2019

Time: 20:30

Duration: 1:32

Place: The Cinemas 1

Date: 11 April 2019

Time: 15:45

Duration: 1:32

Place: The Cinemas 2

Date: 14 April 2019

Time: 21:00

Duration: 1:32

Year in Festival
2019
Director
Nadine Labaki
Camera
Christopher Aoun
Cast
Zain Al Rafeea
Yordanos Shiferaw
Boluwatife Treasure Bankole
Kawsar Al Haddad
Fadi Yousef
Haita 'Cedra' Izzam
Alaa Chouchnieh
Country
Lebanon
Editor
Konstantin Bock
Michelle Keserwany
Language
Arabic
Length
123'
Music
Khaled Mouzanar
Producer
Michel Merkt
Khaled Mouzanar
Production Company
Mooz Films
Production Design
Hussein Baydoun
Scenario
Jihad Hojeily
Michelle Keserwany
Sound Design
Chadi Roukoz
Year of Production
2018
Nadine Labaki

 

Nadine LABAKI (1974, Lebanon) is an actor, screenwriter and director. She completed her Audiovisual Studies at Saint-Joseph University in Beirut. Labaki grew up during the years of civil war. Her feature debut Caramel (2017) premiered in Cannes and received many awards. In 2018, Labaki became the first female Arab filmmaker to win a major prize in competition when her latest feature Capharnaüm (2018) received the Jury Prize in Cannes.

Filmography

Caramel (2007), Where Do We Go Now? (2011), Rio, I Love You (2014, segment O Milagre), Capharnaüm/Capernaum (2018)