aka Capharnaüm
First screened in September 2018
Director: Nadine Labaki. Cast: Zain Al Rafeea, Yordanos Shiferaw, Boluwatife Treasure Bankole, Kawthar Al Haddad, Fadi Kamel Youssef, Cedra Izam, Nour el Husseini. Screenplay: Jihad Hojeily, Michelle Keserwany, Khaled Mouzanar, and Nadine Labaki.

Twitter Capsule: I get why this splits folks but it's quite a feat of shooting, editing, and production. What's fake is worth what isn't.

Second Capsule: …by which fugly phrase I meant to say Capernaum sports some iffy contrivances but they pale for me next to everything potent and convincing.

VOR:   Some clichés, yes. People will debate its degrees of manipulation. Still: huge degree of difficulty, conjuring a rare and suggestive world-picture.

Photo © 2018 Sony Pictures Classics/Mooz Films

Not yet reviewed in full. Grade: B+

Academy Award Nominations:
Best Foreign Language Film

Golden Globe Nominations:
Best Foreign Language Film

Other Awards:
Cannes Film Festival: Jury Prize; Prize of the Ecumenical Jury

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