Capernaum

Lebanon, 2018 / 126 Mins

Director: Nadine Labak

Starring: Zain Al Rafeea, Yordanos Shiferaw

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Winner of the Grand Jury Prize at the Cannes Film Festival, Capernaum (‘Chaos’), is a new film by Nadine Labaki about the journey of a clever, gutsy 12-year-old Zain, who survives the dangers of the city streets by his wits. He flees his parents and to assert his rights, takes then to court suing them for the 'crime' of giving him life.

Made with a cast of non-professionals playing characters whose lives closely parallel their own, Capernaum follows Zain. This gutsy streetwise child flees his negligent parents, survives through his wits on the streets, takes care of Ethiopian refugee Rahil and her baby son, Yonas, is jailed for a crime, and finally, seeks justice in a courtroom.

Capernaum was made with a cast of non-professionals playing characters whose lives closely parallel their own. Following her script, Labaki placed her performers in scenes and asked them to react spontaneously with their own words and gestures. When the non-actor's instincts diverfed from the written script, Labaki adapted the screenplay to follow them.

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