Capernaum is a gripping film that has been nominated for an Academy Award in the Best Foreign Film category. This is a Lebanese movie that was filmed in Beirut. Capernaum means chaos which is exactly the life these children lead, total chaos. The poverty and abuse that Zain (Zain Al Rafeea) endures is soul crushing. The love and care that Rahil (Yordanos Shiferaw) has for her son, Yonos (Boluwatife Treasure Bankole) and extends to Zain is affirming. The compassion and concern that Zain exhibits for his sister, Sahar and then Yonos is almost inexplicable. I believe he must have had older sisters that had cared for him but were married off by the start of the film. The performances elicited from the leads, all first-time actors, are truly remarkable. I was totally engrossed in the world they inhabited. The impression that Zain’s most secure and content time is during his incarceration is the most depressing part of the movie.
I would pair this movie with our Noodles with Vegetables and Miso Sesame Broth. There are several ramen references throughout the movie. Enjoy.
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Official Trailer for Capernaum:
Capernaüm (“Chaos”) tells the story of Zain (Zain al-Rafeea), 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, as Zein takes care of her baby son Yonas in return. Zain later gets Jailed for committing a violent crime, and finally seeks justice in a courtroom.
Capernaum 2018 TIFF Q & A
|Cast||Zain Al Rafeea, Yordanos Shiferaw|
|Screenwriter||Nadine Labaki, Jihad Hojeily, Michelle Keserwany|
|Editor||Konstantin Bock, Laure Gardette|
|Production Companies||Mooz Films|
|Run Time||126 minutes|
|Premier||2018 Cannes Film Festival|