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Hull Independent Cinema

Capernaum (15)

Dir: Nadine Labaki | 2018 | Lebanon/France/USA | Cert 15 | 126 mins

From acclaimed director Nadine Labaki (Carmel, Where Do We Go Now?) comes her stunning and unforgettable new film CAPERNAUM, which clocked up a ten-minute standing ovation at Cannes, scored the Jury Prize at the discerning French film festival and was in the running for 2019’s Best Foreign Language film at the Oscars. 

In a courtroom, a young boy named Zain stands before a judge. He asks to sue his own parents for giving him life. The circumstances that have brought him to this point take us on a journey through his poverty-stricken upbringing in Beirut where he lives with his family.

Capernaum is a tribute to the resilience of the human spirit – a battle cry for the forgotten, the unwanted and the lost that offers hope in the most unexpected of places.

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‘Capernaum is an absolute heartbreaker about children in peril and the plight of undocumented people." - Toronto Star "Labaki's excellent film is tough sledding - a sucker punch that lands with the emotional force of Dickens relocated to the slums of the modern-day Middle East.’

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