A 12-year-old boy sues his parents for neglect while serving a 5-year-sentence for a violent crime. Capernaum has received glowing reviews and traveled the world to all the major film festivals around the globe. Many of the film’s actors are themselves refugees or illegal immigrants, including the 14-year-old Zain Al Rafeea who plays the lead role and had to leave his home country of Syria in 2012. An astounding work of art from Lebanon that has been nominated for Golden Globe, Bafta and the Academy awards for 2019. Screened for the first time in Iceland.
“Tackling its issues with heart and intelligence, Labaki’s child-endangerment tale is a splendid addition to the ranks of great guttersnipe dramas.” – Jay Weissberg, Variety
“In “Capernaum,” the heartache of the underprivileged is on such interminable display that you feel the physical hurt in your bones.” – Tomris Laffly, rogerebert.com