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Film Series: Runs & Limited Engagements



2019, Nadine Labaki, Lebanon, 120 min.
With Zain El Rafeea, Yordanos Shiferaw

Show Times

  • Fri, Mar 1st 2:00pm
  • Fri, Mar 1st 6:15pm
  • Sat, Mar 2nd 2:15pm
  • Sun, Mar 3rd 5:15pm
  • Mon, Mar 4th 8:00pm
  • Tue, Mar 5th 6:00pm
  • Wed, Mar 6th 8:00pm
  • Thu, Mar 7th 6:00pm

"Full of warmth and humor, which this film insists are never absent, even in dire circumstances...The sources of its remarkable energy are Ms. Labaki’s curiosity and the charisma of her young star.”--A.O. Scott, The New York Times

“Heartbreaking…lands with the emotional force of Dickens relocated to the slums of the modern-day Middle East.”--Chris Nashawaty, Entertainment Weekly

Winner of the Grand Jury Prize at Cannes and Oscar nominated, CAPERNAUM opens with the startling image of a small boy being led into court in handcuffs. Zain (El Rafeea, a non-professional actor with the charisma of a movie star) is suing his parents for giving him life. Horror and piquant humor mix freely in the extended flashback in which director Labaki colorfully tells the tale of the boy’s roguishly heart-rending odyssey on the streets of Beirut, as a thief, drug-runner, and swaggering, smoking, pint-size jack-of-all-cons. Rahil (Shiferaw), an Ethiopian immigrant living in a squatter’s shack, takes pity on the child, who becomes a surrogate big brother to her toddler Yonas. When Rahil fails to come home one day and the children are ejected from this pitiful home, only Zain’s unflagging adult smarts and ingenuity keep them alive against all odds. In Arabic and Amharic with English subtitles. DCP digital widescreen. (BS)

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