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Category: Edition 2020

Zain, a Lebanese boy, sues his parents for the “crime” of giving him life. The film follows Zain as he journeys from gutsy, streetwise child to hardened 12-year-old “adult” fleeing his negligent parents, surviving through his wits on the streets. When he meets the Ethiopian migrant worker Rahil, she provides him with shelter and food, as Zein takes care of her baby son Yonas in return. But one day Rahil doesn’t come back home.

Original Title CAPHARNAÜM
Category Out of competition
Section Giffoni50 Review
Tipology Feature Film
Duration 123'
Production Year 2018
Nationality France, Lebanon, USA
Directed by Nadine Labaki
Screenplay Nadine Labaki, Jihad Hojeily, Michelle Keserwany, Georges Khabbaz, Khaled Mouzanar
Director of photography Christopher Aoun
Editor Konstantin Bock, Laure Gardette
Production Design Hussein Baydoun
Sound Chadi Rook
Music Khaled Mouzanar
Main cast Zain Alrafeea
Yordanos Shifera
Boluwatife Treasure Bankole
Kawsar Al Haddad
Fadi Youssef
Haita ‘Cedra’ Izzam
Nadine Labaki
Produced by Michel Merkt, Khaled Mouzanar

regista Nadine LabakiNADINE LABAKI
After graduating in audiovisual studies from the University of Beirut, she directed adverts and music videos. In 2004, she embarked on a Festival de Cannes Cinéfondation Residency to write and develop CARAMEL, her first feature film, shot two years later and showcased at the Directors' Fortnight in 2007. This joyous, rebellious ode to female camaraderie was distributed worldwide and became the most successful Lebanese film export of all time. Nadine Labaki continued to explore the female condition and religious tensions in WHERE DO WE GO NOW?, a bold, universal fable on tolerance that premiered at Un Certain Regard in 2011. In 2018, Nadine Labaki was in competition at Festival de Cannes with her powerfully moving CAPERNAUM, and won the Jury Prize. Nominated for a Golden Globe and Academy Award for Best Foreign Film, CAPERNAUM made its Lebanese director the first woman from the Arabic-speaking world to be nominated in this category. In 2020 she directed an episode of the TV series HOMEMADE.


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