Monday at the Movies: Capernaum (International Film Festival)
Winner of the Grand Jury Prize at the Cannes Film Festival, Nadine Labaki's Capernaum ("Chaos") tells the story of Zain (Zain al Rafeea), a Lebanese boy who sues his parents for the "crime" of giving him life. It 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. Capernaum 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. Although it is set in the depths of a society's systematic inhumanity,this is ultimately a hopeful film that stirs the heart as deeply as it cries out for action. In Arabic with English subtitles. Rated R. 123 minutes.
We show a film every Monday at 12:30 pm and again at 6:30 pm in the Lower Level Program room. All are welcome and no registration is required.