Winner of the Grand Jury Prize at the Cannes Film Festival, Nadine Labaki’s CAPHARNAÜM tells the story of Zain, a Lebanese boy who sues his parents for the “crime” of giving him life.
Zain’s large family live hand to mouth in a squalid apartment in Lebanon. The kids work instead of going to school. When Zain’s 11 year old sister is sold into marriage, he flees the family home in search of a better life. He is taken in and lovingly cared for by an illegal Ethiopian worker, Rahil, who lives in a shanty house with her baby. But when Rahil disappears, Zain is suddenly left to fend for himself and her baby, resorting to increasingly desperate measures to survive.
Director Nadine Labaki (Where Do We Go Now?) cast non-professional actors from displaced backgrounds similar to their characters, resulting in authentic and extraordinary performances.
CTC In cinemas from Feb 7. More info at the official website – including a full list of participating cinemas nationwide.
““Searing, politically charged… Zain Al Rafeea is incredible, giving a raw, wounded and angry performance… a brutal socio-realist drama… it will have you in floods of tears.” – The Skinny
“A powerful plea for justice and compassion.” – Time Out London
“Outstanding performances.” – The Hollywood Reporter
“A filmmaking miracle that boggles the mind.” – The Wrap
Thanks to Madman Entertainment we have 10 double in season passes to give away. For a chance to win all you have to do is email us at firstname.lastname@example.org with Capharnaüm in the subject line. And that’s all we’re asking you to do. It’s getting a fairly wide national release, and you can check your closest participating cinema here. Make sure you include a postal address for the passes. Entries close midday Monday Feb 4.
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