Capernaum (12A)

Winner of the Grand Jury Prize at the Cannes Film Festival, Capernaum tells the story of Zain, a Lebanese boy who sues his parents for the “crime” of giving him life.

In a courtroom, a young boy named Zain stands before a judge. He asks to sue his own parents for giving him life.

Forced to live by his wits in order to survive, Zain’s life reaches a turning point when his parents make an unforgivable deal that will see his younger sister married off. Left distraught by this terrible act, Zain takes to the road. While looking for work at a fairground, he befriends a young woman who is working illegally as a cleaner and helps to look after her adorable one-year-old baby, Jonas. Zain and Jonas form a touching bond but things get much more complicated when circumstances force Zain to make choices that will have huge ramifications.

Capernaum is a tribute to the resilience of the human spirit – a battle cry for the forgotten, the unwanted and the lost that offers hope in the most unexpected of places.

Friday, November 15th 2019
Doors open at 7pm
Film starts at 7.30pm

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Upstairs@The Town Hall,
Llangollen Town Hall,
Castle Street, Llangollen

Year: 2018 (Lebanon)
Certificate: 15
Running time: 2 hours 3 minutes

And the critics say…

“It’s essential viewing for the ways in which it illuminates brutally hard lives many of us could otherwise not imagine, and for the craft of its nonprofessional performers..” Andrea Gronvall, The Chicago Reader

“Capernaum’s odyssey, in which Zain battles the hazards of shantytowns, souks, prisons and betrayals with wily, angry energy, paints him as a resourceful figure fighting impossible odds rather than the passive child victim of charity adverts.” Kate Stables, Sight and Sound

“With two astonishing child performances, Capernaum is a real heart-breaker. It can make Ken Loach look happy-go-lucky but it’s a gripping, sympathetic cry for the dispossessed. .” Ian Freer, Empire

“It’s a fairy tale and an opera, a potboiler and a news bulletin, a howl of protest and an anthem of resistance.” A.O. Scott, The New York Times