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Capernaum

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Oscar nomination for Best Foreign Language Film!

Winner of the Grand Jury Prize at the 2018 Cannes Film Festival, Capernaum (“Chaos”) is a gripping new drama about the journey of a clever, gutsy 12-year-old boy, Zain, who survives the dangers of the city streets by his wits. He flees his parents and to assert his rights, takes them to court to sue them for the “crime” of giving him life.

“NYT Critic’s Pick! Remarkable … a heartbreaking and defiant look at a boy’s life in Beirut.” – A.O. Scott, New York Times

Writer/director Nadine Labaki (Caramel, Where Do We Go Now?) draws stunning performances from her cast of non-professionals playing characters whose lives closely parallel their own. Capernaum is a film with an expansive palette: without warning it can ignite with emotional intensity, surprise with unexpected tenderness, and inspire with flashes of poetic imagery. Although it is set in the depths of a society’s systematic inhumanity, Capernaum is ultimately a hopeful film that stirs the heart as deeply as it cries out for action. (Dir. by Nadine Labaki, 2018, Lebanon/USA, in Arabic/Amharic with English subtitles, 126 mins., Rated R)

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