09 Oct 2019

Director: Nadine Labaki

Lebanon, USA


120 min

This stunningly realised drama charts the journey of children on the edges of society who find hope despite the challenges of their everyday lives. Zain is a young boy living with his family in an impoverished Beirut neighbourhood. Street-wise beyond his years, Zain’s resentment towards his parents builds and, following a series of tragic events, he is compelled to sue them for bringing children into such a world. Writer/director Nadine Labaki shows a shocking culture of parents treating children as goods to be bought and sold. Through her skilful storytelling, she widens our understanding to see that none of us is in a position to judge. Featuring astounding performances from its lead child actors, Capernaum is a compassionate and unforgettable tale of hope.

Cannes Film Festival 2018 – Winner of the Jury Award