7th February, 2019 (M)
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  • Director Nadine Labaki
  • Cast Boluwatife Treasure Bankole, Zain Al Rafeea, Yordanos Shiferaw
  • Duration 126 min
  • Rating M
  • Genre Drama
  • Participating Cinemas Chauvel Cinema, Palace Balwyn, Palace Brighton Bay, Palace Cinema Como, Palace Electric Cinema, Palace James St, Palace Norton Street, The Kino


Winner of the prestigious Cannes Film Festival Grand Jury Prize, Director Nadine Labaki’s (Where Do We Go Now?) critically acclaimed Capharnaum sees non-professional actors from displaced backgrounds playing out the narrative with poignantly moving authenticity.
After being jailed for committing a violent crime, Zain, a mistreated 12-year-old boy, sues his parents for giving him life. Zain’s large family live hand to mouth in a squalid apartment in Lebanon. The kids work instead of going to school. When Zain’s 11 year old sister is sold into marriage, he flees the family home in search of a better life. He is taken in and lovingly cared for by an illegal Ethiopian worker, Rahil, who lives in a shanty house with her baby. But when Rahil disappears, Zain is suddenly left to fend for himself and her baby, resorting to increasingly desperate measures to survive.


Academy Award Nominee Best Foreign Language


  • "...this starkly humane drama represents bravura filmmaking by director/co-writer Nadine Labaki." The Star
  • "Nadine Labaki’s journey through the slums of Lebanon thrills with compassion and heart." Time Out
  • "...performances by a cast of nonprofessionals that are moving beyond measure." Rolling Stone

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