Directed by Nadine Labaki (Lebanon/France/USA, 2018, 126 min.) Digital. Arabic and Amharic with English subtitles.
Winner of the Grand Jury Prize at the 2018 Cannes Film Festival, Capernaum (Chaos) follows the journey of a gutsy, street-smart 12-year-old boy named Zain, who survives the ubiquitous dangers of the Beirut slums after fleeing his neglectful parents, later taking them to court for the crime of giving him life.
Capernaum was made with a cast of non-professionals playing characters whose lives closely parallel their own. Director Nadine Labaki asked her performers to react spontaneously to each scripted situation with their own words and gestures. When the non-actors’ instincts diverged from the script, Labaki adapted the screenplay to follow them. While steeped in the quiet routines of ordinary people, 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.
Nominated for an Oscar for Best Foreign Language Film at the 91st Academy Awards.