Lebanon, 2018, 120 min, 2K DCP, Dir. Nadine Labaki, Rated R, Arabic with English subtitles, Sony Pictures Classics
“It’s a fairy tale and an opera, a potboiler and a news bulletin, a howl of protest and an anthem of resistance. One of the year’s best films.” – A.O. Scott, The New York Times
Winner of the Jury Prize and the Prize of the Ecumenical Jury at the 2018 Cannes Film Festival, Capernaum, a new film by Nadine Labaki (Caramel), chronicles the journey of a clever, gutsy 12-year-old, Zain, who survives the danger of the city streets by his wits. He flees his parents and to assert his rights, takes them to court suing them for the “crime” of giving him life. While steeped in the quiet routines of ordinary people, Lebanon’s Oscar nominee is - like the neo-realist classics of De Sica and Rossellini - 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.