If you haven't yet heard about or seen the Lebanese film Capernaum from director Nadine Labaki, it's the movie that's caught everyone's attention this award season — earning it nominations for the Golden Globes, BAFTA's, and Oscars, putting it on everyone's radar. What's even more important...turns out, Oprah only has great things to say about it. Now that is the recognition people wait a lifetime for.
In January, the American mogul raved on Instagram, "Can’t stop thinking about this movie. Saw it 3 days ago. Didn’t know when I watched it that the cast members were real people. Including these 2 phenomenal kids."
To take her fan-girling IRL, last week Oprah invited Labaki and her husband Khaled Mouzanar to lunch at her house. She posted a photo of the trio, captioning it: "Look who came for lunch director extraordinaire @nadinelabaki and her producer husband Khaled. I love their movie #Capernaum so much. If you get the chance, see it!"
Labaki reposted the photo on Instagram with the caption: "My queen Oprah. This moment spent in your home talking about life and the ways to change the world will always be one of those moments Khaled and I will remember forever. Thank you for allowing this beautiful moment to happen and thank you for the love and support to our #Capernaum. I hope the next time we meet we ll be having breakfast in Lebanon our home and we ll be having the beautiful cedar mountains as a background."
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Can’t stop thinking about this movie. #Capernaum Saw it 3 days ago. Didn’t know when I watched it that the cast members were real people. Including these 2 phenomenal kids. Story of a young boy who sues his parents to stop having children they can’t afford. It’s about that and so much more. Surviving the daily traumas of being poor,proving your existence matters with no “papers.” Was nominated for Golden Globes. Hope the same happens for Oscars so more people can see it. Really worthy of your time. #Capernaum means chaos.
Capernaum, meaning "chaos", is an intimate look at life as a child in Beirut, following the story of a 12-year-old undocumented boy who sues his parents for giving him life when they couldn't even offer him minimal care, safety, and love. This emotionally wrought story takes a closer look at Beirut’s slums, while also offering insight into the lives of those living on the fringe of society in Lebanon.
Like the majority of the cast, the film's star and narrator Zain Al Rafeea is a non-professional actor and a Syrian refugee, spotted by director Labaki while he played on the streets of Beirut throughout her two years of research in the area.
Click play to watch the trailer for Capernaum.