SEPTEMBER 14-20, 2019


Lebanon, France, USA
2018, 126 mins
Production: Mooz Films, Cedrus Invest Bank
Language: Arabic, Amharic
Format: DCP

Scriptwriter: Nadine Labaki, Jihad Hojeily, Michelle Keserwany, Georges Khabbaz, Khaled Mouzanar
Director: Nadine Labaki
DoP: Christopher Aoun
Composer: Khaled Mouzanar
Producer: Michel Merkt, Khaled Mouzanar
Editor: Konstantin Bock, Laure Gardette
Cast: Zain Al Rafeea, Yordanos Shiferaw, Boluwatife Treasure Bankole, Kawsar Al Haddad, Fadi Yousef, Haita ‘Cedra’ Izzam, Alaa Chouchnieh, Nadine labaki


Capernaüm (“Chaos”) tells the story of Zain, 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, and Zein takes care of her baby son Yonas in return. Zein later gets jailed and finally seeks justice in a courtroom.

Director’s biography

Nadine Labaki was born in 1974 in Beirut, Lebanon. She obtained a degree in audiovisual studies at Saint Joseph University in Beirut. Nadine is an actress, scriptwriter, director and clipmaker. In 2008 the French Ministry of Culture and Communication gave her the Insignia of Chevalier in the Order of Arts and Letters. She is the first female Arab director to ever be nominated for an Oscar for Best Foreign Language Film (Capernaum, 2018).

Director’s Filmography

2018 Capernaum
2014 Rio, I love you
2011 Where do we go now?
2007 Caramel