Nadine Labaki’s third film, CapernaÜm, tells the story of Zain, an old-beyond-his-12-years boy who sues his parents for “giving him life.” It received the longest standing ovation at Cannes this year. Cast with non-professionals and shot in the Beirut slums, the film vividly captures the poverty and social disorder children navigate with wiles and toughness. (Think Bicycle Thief, 400 Blows.) Labeki’s access to the back streets of Beirut is simply astonishing.
Zain Al Rafeea, Yordanos Shiferaw, Boluwatife Treasure Bankole
Arabic (with English subtitles)
Sony Pictures Classics