Capernaum — U.S. Trailer


added: Tue, Nov 6th '18

While forced to live on the streets, a 12-year-old Lebanese boy makes a concerted effort to sue his negligent parents, so they can stop having children.

Check out the new U.S. trailer for "Capernaum," acclaimed Lebanese filmmaker Nadine Labaki's new heartbreaking foreign drama, which won the Grand Jury Prize at this year's Cannes Film Festival.

Featuring a cast of mostly non-professional actors, led by newcomer Zain al Rafeea, the film has been selected by Lebanon as its official entry for the upcoming foreign-language Oscar race.

"Capernaum" is scheduled to open theatrically in New York and Los Angeles on December 14th, with other cities to follow.

Winner of the Grand Jury Prize at the Cannes Film Festival, Nadine Labaki's CAPERNAUM ("Chaos") tells the story of Zain (Zain al Rafeea), a Lebanese boy who sues his parents for the "crime" of giving him life.

CAPERNAUM follows Zain, a gutsy streetwise child as he flees his negligent parents, survives through his wits on the streets, takes care of Ethiopian refugee Rahil (Yordanos Shiferaw) and her baby son, Yonas (Boluwatife Treasure Bankole), being jailed for a crime, and finally, seeks justice in a courtroom. CAPERNAUM was made with a cast of non-professionals playing characters whose lives closely parallel their own. Following her script, Labaki placed her performers in scenes and asked them to react spontaneously with their own words and gestures.

When the non-actors's instincts diverged from the written 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. Although it is set in the depths of a society's systematic inhumanity, CAPERNAUM is ultimately a hopeful film that stirs the heart as deeply as it cries out for action.


directed by   Nadine Labaki

starring   Zain al Rafeea, Yordanos Shiferaw, Boluwatife Treasure Bankole

release date   December 14, 2018 (in NY and LA; other cities to follow)

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