Lebanese Film release - Capharnam
Next Thursday, Madman NZ Films are releasing the Lebanese film “Capharnam” in select cinemas around the country. It's playing at the Rialto in Dunedin.
The film has been nominated for the Best Foreign Language Film at this years Oscars.
Below is a trailer if you have not seen it already:
Official film synopsis:
Winner of the Grand Jury Prize at the Cannes Film Festival, Nadine Labaki's CAPHARNAM ("Chaos") tells the story of Zain (Zain al Rafeea), a Lebanese boy who sues his parents for the "crime" of giving him life. CAPHARNAM 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 finally, seeks justice in a courtroom. CAPHARNAM was made with a cast of non-professionals playing characters whose lives closely parallel their own. Following her script, Labaki placed her performers in scenes and asked them to react spontaneously with their own words and gestures. When the non-actors's instincts diverged from the written script, Labaki adapted the screenplay to follow them. While steeped in the quiet routines of ordinary people, CAPHARNAM is a film with an expansive palette: without warning it can ignite with emotional intensity, surprise with unexpected tenderness, and inspire with flashes of poetic imagery. Although it is set in the depths of a society's systematic inhumanity, CAPHARNAM is ultimately a hopeful film that stirs the heart as deeply as it cries out for action.