Capernaum (film)

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Capernaum (film).jpg
Film poster
Directed by Nadine Labaki
Produced by Michel Merkt
Khaled Mouzanar
Written by Nadine Labaki
Jihad Hojaily
Michelle Keserwany
Georges Khabbaz
Khaled Mouzanar
Starring Zain Al Rafeea
Yordanos Shiferaw
Boluwatife Treasure Bankole
Music by Khaled Mouzanar
Cinematography Christopher Aoun
Edited by Konstantin Bock
Mooz Films
Distributed by Sony Pictures Classics[1]
Release date
  • 17 May 2018 (2018-05-17) (Cannes)
Running time
130 minutes
Country Lebanon
Language Arabic

Capernaum (Arabic: کفرناحوم‎), also known as Capharnaüm, is a 2018 Lebanese drama film written and directed by Nadine Labaki. It was selected to compete for the Palme d'Or at the 2018 Cannes Film Festival,[2][3] where it won the Jury Prize.[4][5] The film received a 15-minute standing ovation following its premiere at Cannes on 17 May 2018.[6]

Sony Pictures Classics, which had previously distributed Labaki's Where Do We Go Now?, bought North American and Latin American distribution rights for the film, while Wild Bunch retained the international rights.[7]


Cast and director at the 2018 Cannes Film Festival.
  • Zain Al Rafeea as Zain
  • Yordanos Shiferaw as Rahil
  • Boluwatife Treasure Bankole as Yonas
  • Kawthar Al Haddad as Souad
  • Fadi Kamel Youssef as Selim
  • Nour el Husseini as Assadd
  • Cedra Izam as Sahar


The film was selected as the Lebanese entry for Best Foreign Language Film at the 91st Academy Awards.[8][9]

Award Date of ceremony Category Recipient(s) Result Ref(s)
Calgary International Film Festival 19–30 September 2018 Audience Favourite, US/International Narrative Feature Won [10]
Fan Favourite Award Won
Cannes Film Festival 8–19 May 2018 Jury Prize Nadine Labaki Won [5]
Prize of the Ecumenical Jury Won
International Antalya Film Festival 29 September–5 October 2018 Best Actor Zain Al Rafea Won [11][12]
Young Jury Award Won
Melbourne International Film Festival 2–19 August 2018 Audience Award Won [13]
GEMS 2018 October 11 – 14 Gigi Guermont Audience Award Won [14]
Norwegian International Film Festival August 2018 Audience Award Won [15]
San Sebastián International Film Festival 21–29 September 2018 Audience Award 2nd Place [16]
Sarajevo Film Festival 10–17 August 2018 Audience Award Won [17]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Keslassy, Elsa (10 May 2018). "Sony Pictures Classics Nabs Nadine Labaki's Palme d'Or Contender 'Capernaum'". Variety. Retrieved 17 May 2018.
  2. ^ "The 2018 Official Selection". Cannes. Retrieved 12 April 2018.
  3. ^ "Cannes Lineup Includes New Films From Spike Lee, Jean-Luc Godard". Variety. Retrieved 12 April 2018.
  4. ^ Steve, Pond (19 May 2018). "'Shoplifters' Wins Palme d'Or at 2018 Cannes Film Festival". SF Gate. Retrieved 19 May 2018.
  5. ^ a b Debruge, Peter (19 May 2018). "2018 Cannes Film Festival Award Winners Announced". Variety. Retrieved 20 May 2018.
  6. ^ ""Nadine Labaki's 'Capernaum' Earns Massive Cannes Standing Ovation and Instant Palme d'Or Winner Predictions"".
  7. ^ ""'Sony Pictures Classics Nabs Nadine Labaki's Palme d'Or Contender 'Capernaum'"".
  8. ^ "الثقافة: فيلم المخرجة لبكي "كفرناحوم" الى الأوسكار". 18 September 2018. Retrieved 18 September 2018.
  9. ^ Kozlov, Vladimir (18 September 2018). "Oscars: Lebanon Selects 'Capharnaum' for Foreign-Language Category". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved 18 September 2018.
  10. ^ "2018 Audience & Fan Favourite Awards". Retrieved 4 October 2018.
  11. ^ "AntalyaFilmFestivali Twtitter". Retrieved 5 October 2018.
  12. ^ "AntalyaFilmFestivali Twtitter". Retrieved 5 October 2018.
  13. ^ "MIFF 2018 Audience Awards". Retrieved 25 September 2018.
  14. ^ "CAPERNAUM wins the Gigi Guermont Audience Award!". Retrieved 15 October 2018.
  15. ^ "Awards presented at The 46th Norwegian International Film Festival". Retrieved 26 September 2018.
  16. ^ "City of Donostia / San Sebastian Audience Award". SSIFF. Retrieved 4 October 2018.
  17. ^ "Audience Award of the 24th Sarajevo Film Festival". Sarajevo Film Festival. Retrieved 25 September 2018.

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