Capernaum

Capharnaüm

Schedule

Sunday, Nov. 11 at 5:30pm
Plaza Frontenac Cinema

A politically charged fable, “Capernaum” — Lebanese director/co-writer Nadine Labaki’s Cannes Jury Prize-winning drama — revolves around Zain (Zain Al Rafeea), a 12-year-old boy who decides to sue his mother and father. When the judge asks Zain why he’s bringing suit against his parents, he gives a terse and disturbing reply: “For giving me life.” 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 hugely troubling home life. The film features a remarkable cast of mostly non-professional actors. Calling “Capernaum” a “deeply assured piece of direction,” New York magazine writes: “Al Rafeea is a startling, unforgettable presence, and his preternaturally soulful, unsmiling face is our guide through the chaos of Zain’s life.”

2018
120 min.
Arabic

Directed by

Nadine Labaki

Country

Lebanon

Film Category

International Spotlight Middle Eastern Focus Oscar® Submissions Studio Spotlight Women in Film Spotlight

Subject

Class Issues Family Issues Legal Issues Youth

Genre

Drama

Sponsored by

Drs. Diane Carson & Willis Loy