Nadine Labaki (2018)

Zain al Rafeea, Kawthar al Haddad, Yordanos Shiferaw, Rated 15 Run time 126 mins

Nominated for Best Foreign Language Feature at the 2019 Academy Awards and BAFTAs

Nadine Labaki’s hectic and heartbreaking film borrows its name from an ancient city condemned to hell by Jesus. The word has become a synonym for chaos and the modern Beirut of the film is a place without peace, mercy or order. A Beirut street kid runs away from his abusive home. He is befriended by an Ethiopian woman and minds her baby while she works illegally. When he has to head back to the streets, taking the baby with him, he is confronted by some terrible choices.

90% – Rotten Tomatoes
8.5/10 – IMDB

“It’s essential viewing for the ways in which it illuminates brutally hard lives many of us could otherwise not imagine, and for the craft of its nonprofessional performers.”

“Co-writer and director Nadine Labaki shoots “Capernaum” with a fluent, documentary-like realism.”

Review: Little boy lost in an unjust world – The Guardian

Review: A crazily ambitious, heart-in-mouth neo-realist version of Baby’s Day Out – The Telegraph