Capernaum (Capharnaüm)

2018 | Lebanon | R | 126 min.


Milliken at the Dennos Museum Wed, Jul 31, 2019 6:00 PM
Film Info
Release Year:2018
Runtime:126 min.
Production Country:Lebanon
Original Language:Amharic
Cast/Crew Info
Director:Nadine Labaki
Produced by:Michel Merkt
Screenwriter:Nadine Labaki
Jihad Hojeily
Michelle Keserwany
Cinematography:Christopher Aoun
Editing By:Konstantin Bock
Laure Gardette
Cast:Zain Al Rafeea
Yordanos Shiferaw
Boluwatife Treasure Bankole
Kawsar Al Haddad


The highest-grossing Middle Eastern film of all time, which earned both an Oscar nomination and a 15-minute standing ovation at Cannes (fifth-longest in the history of the festival, our founder holds the #2 spot), has now come to TCFF. This immensely powerful story opens with Zain, a 12-year-old boy serving a five-year sentence in a Beirut prison for stabbing someone. Zain has decided to sue his parents, and when a judge asks him to explain why, he says, “Because I was born.” Then in flashback, Zain’s stunning tale unfolds, showing his life of neglect in the Beirut slums, and his failed attempts to save his young sister from being given away in marriage to a much older man. Capernaum, which translates to “chaos” in Arabic, is not the easiest watch, but it is a captivating and unforgettable one, moving audiences to tears and applause all over the world.