CAPERNAUM Opening at the Cinema Art Theater

February 15th, 2019 - 3:00 pm


Starting on February 15, the Rehoboth Beach Film Society’s Cinema Art Theater will present the Oscar®-nominee for Best Foreign Language Film and the winner of the Grand Jury Prize at the Cannes Film Festival “Capernaum” (“Chaos”), about the journey of a brave 12-year old boy who survives the dangers of the city streets by his wits.

Zain flees his negligent parents and finds himself homeless at a young age. He must overcome challenging issues on a daily basis just to feed himself and survive life on the street. “Capernaum” was made with a cast of non-professionals playing characters whose lives closely parallel their own. While steeped in the quiet routines of ordinary people, the film has an expansive palette: without warning it can ignite with emotional intensity, surprise with unexpected tenderness, and inspire with flashes of poetic imagery. “Capernaum” is ultimately a hopeful film that stirs the heart as deeply as it cries out for action. [2018, Lebanon/France/US, in Arabic and Amharic with English subtitles, 123 minutes, Rated: R].

A.O. Scott of “The New York Times” calls “Capernaum,” “a fairy tale and an opera, a potboiler and a news bulletin, a howl of protest and an anthem of resistance.” Peter Howell in his four-star review in “The Toronto Star” compares Zain to “a latter-day Oliver Twist,” and calls the filmmaking “bravura” and “compassionate”.

Screening times are 3:00 pm on Friday (Feb 15), 6:00 pm on Saturday (Feb 16), 3:00 pm on Sunday (Feb 17), 2:00 pm Monday (Feb 18) and 3:00 pm on Thursday (Feb 21). Admission is $8 for members and $11 for future members. Customers are encouraged to purchase tickets online. If seats are available, tickets can be purchased at the theater, starting 30 minutes prior to each screening.

The mission of the RBFS is promoting cinematic arts and providing education and cultural enrichment for our community. The Film Society sponsors ongoing screenings, special events, and the Rehoboth Beach Independent Film Festival (October 31 – November 10, 2019). Having met all the requirements for best practices in nonprofit management, the Rehoboth Beach Film Society is accredited by the Standards for Excellence Institute®. The Film Society is funded, in part, by a grant from the Delaware Division of the Arts, a state agency, in partnership with the National Endowment for the Arts. The Division promotes Delaware arts events on For more information on this series, other events, or to become a member, visit the Rehoboth Beach Film Society website at, or call 302-645-9095.

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