WINNER: JURY PRIZE, CANNES FILM FESTIVAL 2018
SELECTED: PEOPLE’S CHOICE AWARD, TORONTO INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL 2018
Zain is so incensed by his impoverished parents’ behaviour that he runs away from home. On Beirut’s streets, he encounters an Ethiopian refugee and her baby, and ends up babysitting the tiny child. After a series of mishaps and misdeeds, Zain ends up suing his parents for ‘giving him life’. The young non-professional performers, whose roles are not that far removed from their own lives, are outstanding in this not-to-be-missed award winner.
Capharnaüm is a howl of protest against social injustice, a film as grounded in a place and time and yet as universal in its empathy with the dispossessed as Bicycle Thieves or Salaam Bombay! – Screen International