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Capharnaüm (2018)

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While serving a five-year sentence for a violent crime, a 12-year-old boy sues his parents for neglect.

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Nadine Labaki

Writers:

Nadine Labaki (screenplay), Jihad Hojeily (screenwriter) | 3 more credits »
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Nominated for 1 Oscar. Another 21 wins & 22 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Zain Al Rafeea Zain Al Rafeea ... Zain
Yordanos Shiferaw Yordanos Shiferaw ... Rahil
Boluwatife Treasure Bankole ... Yonas
Kawsar Al Haddad Kawsar Al Haddad ... Souad, the Mother
Fadi Yousef Fadi Yousef ... Selim, the Father (as Fadi Kamel Yousef)
Haita 'Cedra' Izzam Haita 'Cedra' Izzam ... Sahar, the Sister
Alaa Chouchnieh Alaa Chouchnieh ... Aspro
Nadine Labaki ... Nadine
Elias Khoury Elias Khoury ... The Judge
Nour El Husseini Nour El Husseini ... Assaad
Joseph Jimbazian Joseph Jimbazian ... Cockroach Man / Harout
Samira Chalhoub Samira Chalhoub ... Daad
Farah Hasno Farah Hasno ... Maysoun
Joe Maalouf Joe Maalouf ... TV presenter
Alexandre Youakim Alexandre Youakim ... Doctor
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Storyline

Capernaüm ("Chaos") tells the story of Zain (Zain al-Rafeea), a Lebanese boy who 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, where he meets Ethiopian migrant worker Rahil, who provides him with shelter and food, as Zein takes care of her baby son Yonas in return. Zein later gets Jailed for committing a violent crime, and finally seeks justice in a courtroom.

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Taglines:

"Why are you suing your parents?" "For giving me life."

Genres:

Drama

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for language and some drug material | See all certifications »
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Country:

Lebanon | USA

Language:

Arabic | Amharic

Release Date:

20 September 2018 (Lebanon) See more »

Also Known As:

Chaos See more »

Filming Locations:

Beirut, Lebanon See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$4,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$24,988, 16 December 2018, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$308,765, 21 January 2019
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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

-Sony Pictures Classics, which had previously distributed Labaki's Where Do We Go Now?, bought North American and Latin American distribution rights for the film, while Wild Bunch retained the international rights. See more »

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Featured in 76th Golden Globe Awards (2019) See more »

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This movie is no parable...
17 October 2018 | by caughlan_anneSee all my reviews

This movie won audience choice in Calgary, but it is no walk in the park. Brutal and searing tragedy of poverty and life on the street. The children are more foul-mouthed than you will have ever heard ....and yet we are full of compassion and concern for these children. Drawn in to the world of young Zain we hope ....we hope....


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