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Capharnaüm (2018)

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While serving a five-year sentence for a violent crime, a 12-year-old boy sues his parents for neglect.

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Nadine Labaki

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Nadine Labaki (screenplay), Jihad Hojeily (screenwriter) | 3 more credits »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Zain Al Rafeea Zain Al Rafeea ... Zain
Yordanos Shiferaw Yordanos Shiferaw ... Rahil
Boluwatife Treasure Bankole ... Yonas
Kawsar Al Haddad Kawsar Al Haddad ... Souad, the Mother
Fadi Yousef Fadi Yousef ... Selim, the Father (as Fadi Kamel Yousef)
Haita 'Cedra' Izzam Haita 'Cedra' Izzam ... Sahar, the Sister
Alaa Chouchnieh Alaa Chouchnieh ... Aspro
Nadine Labaki ... Nadine
Elias Khoury Elias Khoury ... The Judge
Nour El Husseini Nour El Husseini ... Assaad
Joseph Jimbazian Joseph Jimbazian ... Cockroach Man / Harout
Samira Chalhoub Samira Chalhoub ... Daad
Farah Hasno Farah Hasno ... Maysoun
Joe Maalouf Joe Maalouf ... TV presenter
Alexandre Youakim Alexandre Youakim ... Doctor
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Storyline

Capernaüm ("Chaos") tells the story of Zain (Zain al-Rafeea), a Lebanese boy who sues his parents for the "crime" of giving him life. The film follows Zain as he journeys from gutsy, streetwise child to hardened 12-year-old "adult" fleeing his negligent parents, surviving through his wits on the streets, where he meets Ethiopian migrant worker Rahil, who provides him with shelter and food, as Zein takes care of her baby son Yonas in return. Zein later gets Jailed for committing a violent crime, and finally seeks justice in a courtroom.

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Taglines:

"Why are you suing your parents?" "For giving me life."

Genres:

Drama

Certificate:

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Country:

Lebanon | USA

Language:

Arabic | Amharic

Release Date:

31 January 2019 (Netherlands) See more »

Also Known As:

Cafarnaúm See more »

Filming Locations:

Beirut, Lebanon See more »

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Budget:

$4,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$24,988, 16 December 2018, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$308,765, 21 January 2019
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2.35 : 1
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Trivia

-Capharnaüm is a fiction of which all the elements are things that Nadine Labaki has really seen and experienced during her research in the field. Nothing is fantasized or imagined, on the contrary, all that we see there is the result of her visits to deprived neighborhoods, detention centers and juvenile prisons, where she went alone. See more »

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Nadine Labaki's Chef d'Oeuvre!
22 September 2018 | by georges-nahasSee all my reviews

Capharnaum is the new precious gift to Lebanese cinema. Directed by Nadine Labaki and written by Labaki, Joelle Keserwani, Jihad Hojeily and Georges Khabbaz the movie follows the journey and the misery of a boy called Zain that led him to sue his parents for giving him life! The movie took years to finish with a total of 500 hours of rushes filmed! Shot in a "Cinema Realité" style without any professional actors and with a raw cinematography you're going to witness the dark side of the country, the unacceptable neighborhoods, the unfair life that poor children are facing. Everyone is absolutely well casted! Zain was the ultimate discovery a super talented boy, the Ethiopian maid was great also and even the real retired judge did a good job. Each actor is really telling his own personal story so you will arrive at a point where you couldn't differentiate if you're watching cinema, a written script or even a documentary. Wonderful job from Labaki and well deserved Jury Prize at Cannes! Thumbs up also to Khaled Mouzanar for giving us another remarkable score. The movie is nothing less than heartbreaking. As Truffaut freezed his last scene back in 1959 in "The 400 Blows" giving us some hope, the last shot of Capernaum will speak a lot...!


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