Cinema Nova

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Winner of the Jury Prize at Cannes and the Audience Award at the 2018 Melbourne International Film Festival, Nadine Labaki's epic drama of the travails of a young Lebanese boy traversing the underclass of Beirut is bravura filmmaking of the highest order.

Twelve year old Zain stands up in a court room and declares to the judge that he wishes to sue his parents for the crime of giving him life. What initially seems to be an extraordinary charge slowly begins to make all too much sense as the film takes us on a journey through the myriad struggles of Zain's young life. Born into poverty, suffering abuse, seeing his beloved sister sold into marriage, and eventually winding up on the streets taking care of an abandoned toddler, Zain's angry cry for justice reverberates with the righteousness of the powerless.

With extraordinary performances from its cast of non-professional actors from similar backgrounds as their characters, Labaki's film is a grand achievement.

Arabic & Amharic language, English subtitles.

  • Commences  Thursday, 7 Feb 2019
  • Rating  CTC
  • Genre  To Be Advised
  • Running Time  110

Event starts
Thursday 7 February, 2019
Event Ends
Thursday 7 February, 2019
Venue
Cinema Nova
Venue Address
380 Lygon St Carlton
Location

Melbourne,

Website
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Category
Screenings, Festivals & Programs