"A film that already feels like a landmark" ★★★★★ Daily Telegraph "Thrills with compassion and heart" ★★★★ Time Out

Showing Times

Wed 20 Mar 18:20


The film opens in a courtroom, with an angry young boy seeking to sue his parents for bringing him into the world. In flashback we learn that Zain's short life has been spent in the slums of Beirut, living off grid and on his wits.  His parents are callous, sly and negligent and Zain looks out for his adored younger sister, Samar.  When he can't prevent Samar from being sold off in a sleazy marriage, Zain runs away.  The new life he makes for himself is even more precarious, but living in a shantytown among the illegal 'invisibles' exposes him to love and compassion as well as great danger.

Following in the footsteps of Roma, Capernaum (meaning 'chaos') is a similarly towering piece of film making. It won the Grand Jury Prize at Cannes for writer director Nadine Labaki (Caramel), gaining a 15 minute standing ovation from a pretty hard-bitten audience of professionals after its official screening.  While steeped in the quiet routines of ordinary people this is a film with an expansive palette: without warning it can ignite with emotional intensity, surprise with unexpected tenderness, and inspire with flashes of poetic imagery. Although set in the depths of a society's systematic inhumanity, Capernaum is ultimately a hopeful film that stirs the heart and calls out for action.*

Our Sun 17 Mar screening will include a bonus recording of a short Q&A between director Labaki and Francine Stock of Radio 4's Film Programme.

*The film's producers have established a fund to support Zain al Rafeea, the Syrian refugee child who plays Zain in the film.  All the actors in the film are non-professionals.

   Capernaum has a female writer/director - Nadine Labaki - which earns the film the valued F-Rating.


Film Information

126 mins

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