Oscars: Lebanon Selects 'Capharnaum' for Foreign-Language Category

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'Capharnaum'

The film premiered in the official selection at Cannes and won the Jury Prize.

Lebanon has selected Capharnaum as its submission for consideration in the best foreign-language film category at the Oscars.

Directed by Nadine Labaki, the drama, which features mostly non-professional actors, tells the story of a child who launches a lawsuit against his parents.

"[Labaki]'s made up a grab bag of ideas and plot elements that work surprisingly effectively as a melodrama with a message. Several messages, in fact, all illustrated through the ordeals suffered by 12-year-old Zain (Zain Al Rafeea), a child fighting to survive in the slums and shanty towns of Lebanon," The Hollywood Reporter's Leslie Felperin wrote in her review.

Capharnaum premiered in the official selection of this year's Cannes Film Festival and won the Jury Prize.

Sony Pictures Classics, which previously distributed Labaki's 2011 feature Where Do We Go Now?, acquired North American and Latin American rights for the film, and Wild Bunch distributes it elsewhere.

Capharnaum is Lebanon's 15th entry in the best foreign-language film Oscar race since 1978. The Insult by Ziad Doueiri secured the first-ever Academy Award nomination for the country in January.