Sunday 13th October 2018 8:00pm
NTFS Beaconsfield Studios, Station Road, Beaconsfield, HP9 1LG
Tickets £10, the NTFS bar will be open to cinema goers
In a nutshell, after running away from his negligent parents, committing a violent crime and being sentenced to five years in jail, a hardened, streetwise 12-year-old Lebanese boy sues his parents in protest of the life they have given him. This highly acclaimed 2018 Lebanese drama film is driven by the curiosity of its director Nadine Labaki and the charisma of its young star Zain Al Rafeea as Zain El Hajj, a 12-year-old living in the slums of Beirut. The film is told in flashback format, focusing on Zain’s life and leading to his attempt to sue his parents for child neglect.
The film debuted at the 2018 Cannes Film Festival, where it was selected to compete for the Palme d’Or. It won the Jury Prize. The film received a 15-minute standing ovation following its premiere at Cannes on 17 May 2018. 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. It received a wider release on 20 September 2018. It was nominated for the Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film at the 91st Academy Awards, among several other accolades.
The film received critical acclaim, with particular praise given to Labaki’s direction, Al Rafeea’s performance and the film’s “documentary-like realism”. Writing for The New York Times, Manohla Dargis and A. O. Scott named it as one of the greatest films of 2018
Quentin Falk will, as customary, host the evening.