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Capernaum Rated 15


Dir. Nadine Labaki. Lebanon, 2018. 2h 6m. Arabic/subs. Starring Zain Al Rafeea, Yordanos Shiferaw, Boluwatife Treasure Bankole, Kawsar Al Haddad, Fadi Kamel Yousef, Haita 'Cedra' Izzam.

After fleeing his negligent family, 12-year-old boy Zain takes his parents to court for bringing him into a world of desperate deprivation. Acclaimed director Nadine Labaki uses a non-professional cast in this tragic portrait of poverty in Beirut. Winner of the Grand Jury Prize at the Cannes and nominated for Best Foreign Language Film at the Oscars.

‘Deep breathing is required to get you through some of the movie's tougher scenes but, as a whole, it's a testimony to human resilience and the astonishing power of hope.’ ★★★★★ Larushka Ivan-Zadeh, Metro

‘It's harsh and abrasive, and sometimes difficult...but Labaki has layered the film with just enough moments of kindness to break your heart.’ ★★★★ Kevin Maher, The Times