The movie is in Lebanese with English subtitles.

Capernaum (Chaos) tells the story of Zain (Zain al Rafeea), a Lebanese boy who sues his parents for the "crime" of giving him life. Capernaum follows Zain, a gutsy streetwise child as he flees his negligent parents, survives through his wits on the streets, takes care of Ethiopian refugee Rahil (Yordanos Shiferaw) and her baby son, Yonas (Boluwatife Treasure Bankole), being jailed for a crime, and seeks justice in a courtroom.

Capernaum was directed by Nadine Labake (Where Do We Go Now?).[Sony Pictures Classics]

Running Time
126 minutes
Release to DVD: T.B.A.

The Critics Comment

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The Seattle Times/Soren Andersen
Capernaum is a searing, unforgettable work.

The New York Times/A.O. Scott
Capernaum, a sprawling tale wrenched from real life, goes beyond the conventions of documentary or realism into a mode of representation that doesn’t quite have a name. It’s a fairy tale and an opera, a potboiler and a news bulletin, a howl of protest and an anthem of resistance.

The Telegraph/Robbie Collin
A social-realist blockbuster – fired by furious compassion and teeming with sorrow, yet strewn with diamond-shards of beauty, wit and hope.

Los Angeles Times/Robert Abele
[Labaki] finds a magically resonant space between documentary-like vibe and dramatic performance that honors the characters’ inherent humanity while memorably framing the wretched circumstances that dictate their actions.

Boston Globe/Ty Burr
Capernaum is a hard, hard watch meant to force comfortable moviegoers out of their bubbles of ease. The rewards, in no particular order, are the central figure, the young actor playing him, and the film’s magnanimous windows onto suffering and resilience.

The Globe and Mail (Toronto)/Johanna Schneller
Labaki is bearing witness here, and Capernaum (the name means “chaos”) doesn’t flinch from the fact that there are villains in the system. But none of them – none of them – are children.


Academy Awards Nomination: Best Foreign Language Film

Antalya Golden Orange Film Festival Winner: Best Actor, Best Film

Asia Pacific Screen Awards Winner: Best Director

Calgary International Film Festival Winner: Best International Film, Fan Favourite

Cannes Film Festival Winner: Palme d'Or and three other awards

FEST International Film Festival Winner: Fedeora Jury Prize, Fipresci Award

Ghent International Film Festival Winner: Audience Award

Melbourne International Film Festival Winner: Best Narrative Feature

Mill Valley Film Festival Winner: Audience Award

Montreal Festival of New Cinema Winner: Peace Prize

Norwegian International Film Festival Winner: Audience Award

Rotterdam International Film Festival Winner: Audience Award

Sarajevo Film Festival Winner: Audience AwardSt. Louise International Film Festival Winner: Audience Award

Sao Paolo International Film Festivalz Winner: Audience Award

Vilnius International Film Festival Winner: Audience Award

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