Hull Independent Cinema presents CAPERNAUM
From acclaimed director Nadine Labaki (Carmel, Where Do We Go Now?) comes her stunning and unforgettable new film CAPERNAUM, which clocked up a ten-minute standing ovation at Cannes, scored the Jury Prize at the discerning French film festival and was in the running for 2019’s Best Foreign Language film at the Oscars.
In a courtroom, a young boy named Zain stands before a judge. He asks to sue his own parents for giving him life. The circumstances that have brought him to this point take us on a journey through his poverty-stricken upbringing in Beirut where he lives with his family. Forced to live by his wits in order to survive, Zain’s life reaches a turning point when his parents make an unforgivable deal that will see his younger sister married off. Left distraught by this terrible act, Zain takes to the road. While looking for work at a fairground, he befriends a young woman who is working illegally as a cleaner and helps to look after her adorable one-year-old baby, Jonas. Zain and Jonas form a touching bond but things get much more complicated when circumstances force Zain to make choices that will have huge ramifications. Capernaum is a tribute to the resilience of the human spirit – a battle cry for the forgotten, the unwanted and the lost that offers hope in the most unexpected of places.
Starring Zain Al Rafeea, Yordanos Shiferaw, Boluwatife Treasure Bankole
Awards and Reviews
Nominee, Best Foreign Language Film – 2019 Academy Awards
Nominee, Best Foreign Language Film – 2019 Golden Globes
Nominee, Best Foreign Language Film – 2019 BAFTA Film Awards
Winner, Jury Prize – Cannes Film Festival
“CAPERNAUM is an absolute heartbreaker about children in peril and the plight of undocumented people.” – Toronto Star
“Labaki’s excellent film is tough sledding – a sucker punch that lands with the emotional force of dinkens relocated to the slums of the modern-day Middle East.” – Entertainment Weekly
CAPERNAUM is rated 15. Visit the BBFC website for full details (may include plot spoilers).
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